Retrospective Lessons Learned from Lots of Leadership Labs

Mike Pardee Distance Learning, Leadership Programs, Pedagogy Of Leadership®, Student Leadership

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.

“The Kids Have Capacity,” and other lessons from the third grade…

Natalie Simms Distance Learning, Leadership Programs, Pedagogy Of Leadership®, Student Leadership

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?