Republic Act 9155 or the Governance of Basic Education Act of 2001 requires that a school head shall be both an instructional leader and an administrative manager. Additionally, Republic Act 10533 or the Enhanced Basic Education Act of 2013 mandates that school heads/principals should possess skills for them to properly play their roles as academic, administrative, and community leaders in the Department of Education (DepEd).
The need to enhance these multi-dimensional roles of school heads is also highlighted in the context of DepEd Region VI – Western Visayas, known as the “Home of Champions,” where the regional mantra“…where every child is a Champion” has been adopted. Anchored on the principle of producing champions among learners regardless of color, gender, socio-economic status, religion, race, disability or appearance, school heads are expected to lead in performing curricular and co–curricular programs and activities to live up to the adage that “it takes a champion to create another champion” in education.
Aligned with the “Sulong Edukalidad” initiative of the Department, the SHA will deliver professional development course/subjects leading to a post-graduate degree in education for the development and enhancement of future principal’s work-related potentials. Apart from the goal to upskill and reskill the teachers and school leaders in the region for their in-service professional development, the SHA also seeks to provide proper incentives through career progression and promotion opportunities as they pursue their career path. Finally, a holistic development framework is adopted to ensure that the SHA will nurture not only the management and leadership skills of potential school heads but will also deepen the moral formation and sensitization of the entire organization according to set national policies, goals and standards.