Leadership skills are nebulous, difficult to define, and essential for the future of students. Yet many schools and districts still have minimal programs – usually a student council – and tend to focus on older classes. But a leadership program can start much earlier.
In his edWebinar, “How to Fill the World with Leaders: Creating School Cultures Where Student Leadership ThrivesLeadership consultant Mariam G. MacGregor, MS, not only explained how to integrate leadership classes into preschool, but she also advocated for administrators to make a conscious effort to develop citizen leaders.
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As with any school or district-wide initiative, implementing a leadership program requires careful planning and communication.
1. Gather at your table. Yes, the first step is to bring together all the stakeholders: parents, educators, students, etc. But too often, MacGregor said, they have separate meetings and then someone tries to figure out how the different ideas might work together.