INSPIRASI (Inisiatif Kepemimpinan Pendidikan Untuk Raih Prestasi/Educational Leadership Initiative to Accomplish Achievement) is a nonprofit and independent organization aiming to improve the quality of student learning by supporting the improvement of the effectiveness of school principal leadership, specifically related to learning.
We believe that increasing school leadership competency must be a top priority for all countries, including Indonesia. Although Indonesia has reached almost 100% rate of enrollment in primary and secondary level, 80% at the high school/vocational school, and allocate 20% of the state budget every year for education, student learning outcomes have not met the expectations.
In fact, one of the results of the 2018 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) score showed that 28% of students in Indonesia attained Level 2 or higher in mathematics (OECD average: 76%).. The program examines the abilities and knowledge of 15-year-old students in reading, mathematics, and science.
Meanwhile, the results of the 2013 Education Sector Analytical and Capacity Development Partnership (ACDP) research revealed that Indonesian school principals needed support that focused on aspects of instructional leadership (academic supervision). Academic supervision is considered as the main competency that most influences student learning outcomes. The competency mapping study was conducted on 5,000 school principals in 55 regencies/cities across seven major islands of Indonesia.
To that end, specifically, INSPIRASI will implement a program that supports instructional leadership practices by school/madrasah principals in Indonesia. This is also in line with research by Robinson (2008) and John Hattie (2009), which shows that the competency aspect of “instructional leadership” (focusing on support for teacher and student learning interactions) has an impact on improving student learning outcomes.
In addition to implementing the program for school principals, we also work with the government, private sectors, and research institutions to create a supportive ecosystem for school/madrasah principals. Such objectives will also be achieved through technical assistance of policy makers, campaigns and public discussions, and others.