Student leadership isn’t just for a chosen few. At Free Spirit, we’re committed to building leadership skills in all students with resources to help young people discover their own leadership potential and develop skills that guide them to act responsibly and make a difference in the world around them. This month we are excited to give away the following student leadership titles:
Building Everyday Leadership in All Teens
Building Everyday Leadership in All Kids
Everyday Leadership Cards
Everyday Leadership Skills & Attitude Inventory CD-ROM
Leadership Lessons In a Jar®
To Enter: Leave a comment below telling us how you help young people discover their own leadership potential.
For additional entries, leave a separate comment below for each of the following tasks that you complete:
Each comment counts as a separate entry—that’s four chances to win! Entries must be received by midnight, February 20, 2015.
The winner will be contacted via email on or around February 23, 2015, and will need to respond within one week to claim his or her prize or another winner will be chosen. This giveaway is in no way affiliated with, administered, or endorsed by Facebook, Twitter, or Pinterest. Winner must be a U.S. resident, 18 years of age or older.
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I help student’s identify where they may have influence – with peers, in the classroom, helping, on teams, etc. – even if their influence has been in a negative manner. Students having that insight helps them to recognize their leadership skills and potential.
I would integrate it into our daily inspirational meetings each day.
Many students have the capability to be a leader if given the chance! I feel like the biggest way I foster this is by giving students the opportunity to lead, whether by giving them classroom jobs and responsibilities as well as allowing them to work on projects for the school. If I win, I would share this not only with our school counselor, but also with my school’s student voice team!
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I encourage students to ask questions of the teacher when they don’t understand something. This helps them develop confidence and shows them that they need to participate in their own learning.
I teach leadership skills and trait in my grades 5-8 summer school class. I would love to win, incorporate and use these new student leadership resources!
I am a counselor in a K-8 school. I teach Middle School and advise Student Council. I would love to use the Building Everyday Leadership resources with my students!
My name is Adrienne Curtis, and I am an Elementary School Counselor in Florida. I graduated with my Masters in Counseling Education in 2014 and have been growing as a counseling professional ever since! I help young people discover their leadership potential by running 4 small groups focusing on social skills, encouraging students to be up standers to one another, and teaching students the importance of giving back to their community.
I run 2 student leadership groups at our school and this would really help!
We have leadership roles in our classroom. And we tell our students that before they come to the teacher they go to a peer first. This allows are students to practice their leadership skills.
I open the doors and let them fly… I do my best to give them resources, networks and knowledge.. I let them know that yes, I’m their teacher, and I’m just one piece of a big puzzle they get to unravel and explore…… I’m there to guide their journey as best I know how…..
Our school’s gifted education program not only focuses on exploring and developing our thinking abilities to tackle real world problems and careers, but also developing healthy teamwork skills. We learn, apply, and reflect these skills across the continuum of teamwork, from task completer to discerning leader, through our project roles of archaeologist (2nd), entrepreneur (3rd), engineer (4th), neuroscientists (5th), and crime scene investigators (6th). One of our program “truths” we teach is that in school, personal relationships, and future careers, there will be times when tasks must be completed independently, as well as times when the goal must be completed with others; the secret is knowing how and being equipped to function well in both situations.
I am starting an after school leadership program and would love to win any of these as resources for my students!
I am one of the teachers tasked with creating a Student Leadership elective at our middle school this year. It has been a challenge, but students have started to learn leadership skills through opportunities created at our school.
We have an Every Day Leaders afterschool group of 3rd – 5th grade students. The students are committed to making their school, their community, and their city a better place through their actions and their projects. The students have decided on a theme and are doing on-line research to define the goals for their project.
It’s great to read about how people are using, or want to use, the Building Everyday Leadership materials! If you’re interested in more leadership tips for youth leaders – follow me on twitter! Good luck everyone. And thank you for encouraging youth to become leaders they want to follow.
I foster student leadership development through classroom counseling lessons, mediation sessions, and sponsoring student organization.
I am intentional about ensuring that the young people that I work with know that they are all leaders. I do this by ensuring that they all have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their abilities by giving them assignments, tasks, and responsibilities that are designed to highlight their innate creative and leadership abilities. It is often the most challenging young people that possess the greatest leadership potential; I put them in the “positions to the right thing” as often as I can.
In addition to: teaching a 3rd grade ESE inclusion class, 5th grade Science Lab, and 4th and 5th grade SECME club, member of the Positive Behavior Support Team, I am also the Professional Development Contact at my school. This would be a wonderful resource to share with the entire staff on Professional Development days. All of our students would benefit from learning Leadership Skills!
I work with students of all ages, teaching them social skills and how to advocate for themselves. These resources would be very useful to me.
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I lead the 6th/5th grade student council. This year we extended it to 3rd/4th grade. Each year, we will open in up so new students can be voted in based on trustworthiness and respect by their peers. It’s a great opportunity for students to be leaders. These materials would help the students to gain a more valuable lesson.
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I am the advisor for FCCLA (Family, Career and Community Leaders of America) and these resources would be VERY useful at our chapter meetings, working on projects and building individual leadership skills! It’s great to see how my members develop from 9th to 12th grade in their leadership skills of communicating, responsibility and organization. Many skills that can be applied throughout their lives!
I work in all the schools in the district and would love to use these materials to work with teams of students in each school to help encourage the development of their leadership skills.
I teach special needs students and a big part of that is preparing them for life after high school. My students tend to lack self confidence and self reliability. Teaching leadership skills can help then gain these independent attributes that will help them in all parts of their future lives.
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Leadership is a great skill for all students to learn. It builds self-confidence and improves social interactions.
I would donate the supplies to the 8th grade Restorative Student Council at my children’s school.