All teachers understand the importance of providing their students autonomy along with a sense of inclusion. They also know that having strong student leaders plays a vital part in a positive school community, as they learn just as much from each other (if not more!) as they do from us.
Not only does this program allow the students to identify themselves as role models, it places them in a position to have a real impact on the school, through ongoing student action teams.
Because I’m a teacher, I know the exact feeling you get when you’re presented with a new program.
You can see it's worthy, but where is the TIME?
That’s why the Leaders of Tomorrow program is click and go: login, display the program on your interactive whiteboard, and go. No unnecessary preparation - and for the small amount of prep there is, I’ve included a checklist so that you’re all organised.
It even sits easily within your existing program, aligning with English curriculum and service learning outcomes.
My name is Rose Pennington and I am a teacher, university lecturer and PhD candidate supporting schools to promote academic engagement and wellbeing and resilience.
My goal is to create a more compassionate world with wellbeing and resilience education for all ages.
I know how important it is to have a set of resources that have been thought through, and are easy to use and have brought my experience in the classroom to the creation of this program.
With Leaders of Tomorrow, not only will your student leaders set up project teams and work together to influence the school community, you will also receive ten wristbands to kick start the You Can Sit With Me framework.
This initiative invites students to sit with anyone wearing a wristband on the playground, ensuring that everyone has a sense of connectedness and limiting the risk of bullying.
Simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your school name and I will have them sent as soon as possible.
Not only that, but a portion of every sale of the Leaders of Tomorrow program goes to You Can Sit With Me, who provide support for the Australian Literacy and Numeracy Foundation along with other important projects.
Visit the You Can Sit With Me website for more details about their free events and activities.
What projects could your students complete in their action teams?
How much time will this program take?
You have two options.
You can run the program over one day at your school, with pre- and post-activities to be completed during class time (aligned with Australian curriculum outcomes to integrate with teaching and learning programs easily).
Pre-program (3 lessons to be completed before the day) + 1 day incursion for the students:
1 hour: understanding their own and others' strengths
1 hour: peer support activities with a focus on the impact they can make on the world, using the You Can Sit With Me framework
90 mins: appreciative inquiry summit in which students come up with a plan for their vision for the school by building on its current strengths
1 hour: forming student action teams
Alternatively, you can run the 3 pre-program lessons and four sections of the day as seven lessons over seven weeks, finishing with the formation of student action teams.
In both scenarios, the post-program will run over the next few terms: teachers are provided with resources to organise the action teams and to keep them running over the next year.