School Leadership Development: Investible Opportunities across the Value Chain


Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja


Evidence over decades has established that the overall quality of a school almost never exceeds the quality of its leadership. In India, specifically, while School Leadership development is still at its infancy, there is an increasing support from the policy and civil stakeholders.

Government support for school leaders

The National Centre for School Leadership (NCSL), and National University of Educational Planning and Adminstration (NUEPA), has laid down guidelines for School Leadership training in India, and has created a package of resources in the form of a handbook “to promote and institutionalise a culture of participatory peer learning offering abundant opportunities for reflective dialogue among the participants”. In addition, NCSL is also training State Resource Groups to roll-out the program across all school principals in the state.

However, to further strengthen this work, and to ensure sustained impact, School Leadership needs to be viewed within a more holistic framework. By focusing on School Leadership development across the value chain.

Despite having a concept of the value chain in mind, there is currently a lack of conclusive evidence on the most effective strategies to address these factors in their entirety.

However, several civil society organisations are playing an active role to build the capacityof School Leaders across the value chain. In fact, there are various trends emerging across high-quality School Leadership development programmes:

Acknowledging the criticality of developing effective School Leaders, the panel on “Leadership Training in Schools” at the AVPN India Summit 2017 is an exciting platform to discuss best practices, and leverage on the opportunities, and challenges already briefly highlighted in this blog.


A. Environmental Stewardship
To protect the environment, we organize programmes like mangrove nursery and Reforestation, Coastal and River Clean-Up, Community Based Environmental Solid Waste Management, Environmental IEC Campaign and Eco-Academy

B. Food Security and Sustainable Livelihood
To ensure a sustainable livelihood for the community, eco-tourism include Buhatan River Cruise Visitor Center Buhatan River Mangrove Boardwalk are run by the community. Others include Organic Vegetable and Root crops Farming, Vegetable and Root crops Chips and by-products Processing and establishing a Zero waste store.

C. Empowered Communities
To empower the community, we provide product and Agri-Enterprise Development Training, Immersion and Learnings Exchange Program, Earth Warrior Training and Community Based Social Entrepreneurship Training


Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja

Shaveta Sharma-Kukreja is Associate Director at Central Square Foundation and part of the founding team. Shaveta leads Central Square Foundation’s work in Human Capital Development- development and capacity building of school principals, teachers and administrators. She also oversees CSF’s organisational development. She brings to the team more than a decade of professional experience in management and education. Her corporate background includes work at The Boston Consulting Group, Global Vantedge (a business process outsourcing start-up) and Citibank. She has also been a visiting faculty member in the Human Resources and Organisational Behavior disciplines at various business schools in Delhi NCR. Her primary areas of interest are research of organisational behaviour and leadership styles. Shaveta earned her bachelor’s degree in Economics from Shri Ram College of Commerce, University of Delhi and holds an MBA in Management from IIM, Bangalore. She is also certified in the psychometric tools MBTI, FIRO-B and FIRO-Business.

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