As we approach what would have been the 16th incarnation of the gcLi Leadership Lab at the Fountain Valley School this June, it seems appropriate to reflect back on how it has evolved over its decade-and-a-half of serving hundreds of participants and thousands of their students. Its core founding mission, of course, has never wavered: Educating Teachers to Teach Leadership to Students.
More often than not, when I explain that leadership can be taught to elementary-level students, I’m met with a look of disbelief. When the word “leadership” is mentioned, too often, the concrete vision of one physically leading others comes to mind. And true, elementary students are rarely organizing a march across the playground to demand more outdoor time. They rarely deliver an impassioned speech to a group of followers on an issue they care deeply about. But why?
The core values of gcLi include empathy, flexibility, active listening, and meditation. Here is a short piece on how to respond to all the kinds of grief everyone is experiencing, using the “yes, and” social and emotional learning and growth mindset tool.
Several months before the COVID-19 pandemic hit households around the world, I wrote a blog post for educators about getting comfortable with ambiguity. The unintentional foreshadowing in the piece fell short of describing the shifts that would bring entire economies, communities, and industries to their knees, as has happened in recent weeks.