India School Leadership Institute launched by Central Square Foundation, Akanksha Foundation and Teach For India

New Delhi, 16th Jan 2013: In an  effort  to  address  the  low  quality  of  education  in  India,  three  leading  education organizations, the Central Square Foundation, The Akanksha Foundation and Teach For India, are partnering to launch the India School Leadership Institute (ISLI) with support from the US based KIPP foundation. ISLI will aim at ensuring equity by training a new generation of school leaders focused on achieving excellence in education for children from disadvantaged communities.

Despite research showing that an effective school leader can raise student achievement levels by at least 25 percentage points, India has no institution for developing great school leaders and ISLI aims to fill this gap.

“We invest in training leaders in every sector except education,” said Ashish Dhawan CEO of the Delhi based Central Square Foundation, “ISLI will create leadership on the school level to begin reforming education in India as we cannot afford to keep delivering poor quality education to the 27 million children starting school each year.”

ISLI adapts best practices in school leadership from around the world to the Indian context. The first batch of 30 school leaders will start in May 2013.The program offers a dynamic combination of academic and experiential learning, providing a forum for fellows to learn from experienced trainers and educators.

According to Ms. Vandana Goyal, CEO of the Mumbai-based Akanksha Foundation that educates 4,000 children across 13 schools in Mumbai and Pune, “One of the biggest limiting factors in expanding our capacity to serve more children through high-quality schools, is the lack of trained school leaders. ISLI is a crucial investment in the future of the education system.”

In addition, school residencies are built into the fellowship experience, allowing fellows to shadow innovative school leaders in top Indian  schools  –  both  elite  private  schools  and  affordable  schools  serving  low-income communities. Fellows will also spend 4 weeks in the US at the KIPP Foundation, which runs a network of high- achieving, publicly funded schools in high-poverty urban areas.

ISLI is currently recruiting educators, teachers and existing school leaders committed to working with children from disadvantaged backgrounds. Aspiring teachers or leaders with the desire   to lead excellent schools should apply before February 11, 2013 online at


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