The curriculum of The Leadership School is grounded in our mission to empower people to contribute positively to society by promoting the values of kindness, respect for others, and environmental stewardship.
Our educators facilitate seven core classes: Communication Skills, Relationships, Decisions, Teambuilding, Environmental Stewardship, Solo and Adventure. The curriculum is custom tailored to each program, and group of students, and it is designed to meet students where they are, physically, emotionally, and socially. We keep our curriculum and facilitation process dynamic. Our educators help students articulate group and individual goals and provide challenges that encourage them to work on those goals, and on expanding their comfort zones. It is our goal that students grow as individuals and as a group through their shared, collective experiences.
- Learn and practice the 8 Guidelines for Clear and Effective Communication (LEADSTAR).
- Use active listening and assertive, clear communication when expressing oneself.
- Apply negotiation and conflict resolution skills to resolve disagreements.
- Recognize and label a variety of complex graded emotions in oneself and others.
- Provide support and encouragement to others through perspective taking, empathy, and appreciation for diversity.
- Identify and counteract discrimination or exclusion of individuals and groups based upon perceived differences.
- Build the skills necessary to form healthy, positive, and supportive relationships with a variety of groups of individuals.
- Identify decisions, both small and large, made every day.
- Consider the potential physical and emotional consequences of those decisions for ourselves and others.
- Identify family, peer, school, and community resources available to provide support.
- Take ownership of our decisions and recognize when to ask and who to ask for help.
- Define and identify the differences between a group and a team.
- Investigate the characteristics of successful teams.
- Work cooperatively and productively in a team and develop strategies to overcome setbacks and disagreements.
- Discover personal strengths and the strengths of others and find ways to capitalize on both.
- Practice the importance of resting, relaxing, and reflecting while sitting in silence, stillness and solitude.
- Reflect on personal values and beliefs and how our actions and behaviors are influenced by them.
- Develop SMART goals for the benefit of ourselves, our peers, our schools, and our communities.
- Create an environment that is physically and emotionally safe for all participants, including climbers, belayers, and spectators.
- Identify and respect personal comfort and learning zones and those of others.
- Challenge oneself to take healthy risks in a caring and safe environment.
- Identify individuals in our families, peer groups, schools and communities who are members of our physical and emotional support team.
- Use the outdoors as an integrated context for learning — fostering a connection, built on the values of kindness and respect, with the natural world.
- Encourage a relationship with the natural world through careful observation, increased awareness of the senses, and identification of our connections to and the connections within the natural world.
- Cultivate awareness, knowledge, and understanding about the environmental challenges facing our local communities as well as larger communities at various scales up to the global level.