Assessments, self-reflection, and feedback are important components of the leadership learning process, taking place year by year in an atmosphere that allows for mistakes, growth, and resilience.
Through a carefully crafted series of activities, programs, and experiences, our students are taught strong motivational and analytical skills. All students, from PreSchool-Grade 8, learn the power of teamwork, collaboration, empathetic listening, and appreciative inquiry by taking turns leading and letting others lead, in order to maximize the talents and backgrounds of all members of a team.
Older and younger students are paired together for peer-to-peer experiences that include Reading Buddies, cross grade level activities, and other opportunities for leadership growth and development. The Elmore Leadership Program culminates in the Capstone Independent Study Project in Grade 8, launching our young leaders on to secondary school.
Our program recognizes that at each grade level, students will develop leadership skills in different ways and at different times. Through our five-year continuum of school-wide yearly themes (Cooperation, Assertion, Responsibility, Empathy, and Self Control*), a young student might begin as a silent leader, setting examples for others, but then become more outspoken in a later grade once confident in their leadership ability.
* Principles and Practices of Responsive Classroom. Center for Responsive Schools, Inc. 2015. Web. 13 October 2015.