Lead From Here
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The world is changing exponentially. How do you prepare a child for a future few can actually envision? The notion can be terrifying, especially for a parent.
Ravenscroft has traded anxiety for inspiration to produce a transformative education model that will change the way children around the globe are educated. It is known as Lead From Here.
Lead From Here is not simply a course or a program; it is a one-of-a-kind curriculum that delivers comprehensive citizen leadership training to all Ravenscroft students, from prekindergarten through grade 12, in developmentally appropriate ways.
Lead From Here builds from a core belief that every young person can be a changemaking leader through an emphasis on 15 competencies that include self-awareness, accountability, collaboration, cultural inclusivity, empathy, adaptability, and resourcefulness. These competencies inform Ravenscroft's Citizen Leader Framework (pictured below).
The Lead From Here ethos informs all Ravenscroft activities. Students are empowered with skills that go beyond facts and figures. They learn how to embrace differences and connect on a human level; to combine intelligence with empathy; to tackle problems; to make thoughtful choices; to believe in themselves; and to motivate others.
Ultimately, these future citizen leaders will enjoy deeply fulfilled lives, become positive contributors to society, and chart a positive course for themselves in increasingly complex times.
Stanford Social Innovation Review
What can we do to develop a new generation of empowered and entrepreneurial leaders through our schools? We often pay lip service to ideas such as '21st-century learning' and 'entrepreneurial leadership development,' but the reality is that the vast majority of schools are not adequately preparing students to lead and collaborate with others to create positive change in the world. Fortunately, there are shining examples of schools from which we can learn -- schools that take responsibility for preparing all of their students to become changemaking leaders."
Phi Delta Kappan
"After three years, an evolving leadership culture is emerging across the preK-12 community. Nearly 80% of the 180 faculty and staff report incorporating citizen leader concepts into teachable moments. In lower school, a 4th-grade gym teacher said students worked through a challenge using their newly learned collaboration skills and then self-debriefing their experience. A middle school teacher said students are “doing better science” because she is weaving leadership models into her class. In upper school, a graduating senior is awarded a prestigious merit based scholarship by describing her own leadership journey. And teachers share how they apply these leadership principles to become better teachers and developmental partners with students."
Partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership
Ravenscroft is co-creating a curriculum in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL). Founded in 1970, CCL is a top-ranked, global provider of executive education that focuses exclusively on leadership education and research.
This first-of-its-kind partnership combines CCL's leadership experience with the educational and developmental expertise of Ravenscroft's faculty. The Edward E. Ford Foundation has supported this initiative with a grant that helps fund the creation and implementation of the Upper School's curriculum design phase.
Learn more about Leading Self, Leading with Others, and Changing Your World in the drop-down sections below.
A student who can lead self is self-aware, growth minded, motivated, resilient, and accountable.
Our teaching gives students space to try, fail, reflect, and grow. Along the way, they internalize learning as a never-ending adventure. They cultivate an instrinsic motivation to study, practice, learn, and grow.
Learn more about growth mindset, one aspect of Leading Self, in this Stanford Magazine article, "The Effort Effect." A quick primer on a growth mindset versus a fixed mindset is provided in the video below.
A student who leads with others is empathetic, ethical, culturally inclusive, collaborative, and communicative.
As students master their own minds, they are continually connecting with members of a diverse and inclusive community. They relate to others with greater fairness and empathy. Students will effectively collaborate, welcoming open communication, sharing of ideas, and constructive criticism.
Students who are changing their world are visionary, strategic, resourceful, reflective, and adaptive.
Ravenscroft students gain the context and creativity to formulate a clear vision for a better future. They become deliberate in their reasoning, and comfortable with navigating uncertainty.
Students learn to embrace possibility and create the future they want to see.