L3: Living Leadership in the Lower School
During the 2012-2013 school year, a team of Lower School faculty and administration worked together to imagine a leadership program for girls in grades K-4. Dr. Darlyne Bailey, Dean of Social Work and Research at Bryn Mawr College, guided the team through the process of Participatory Action Research (PAR) as they grappled with questions about what the program would look like, how it would be implemented and how the team would know that leadership skills were being fostered.
What began as a research project manifested as Living Leadership in the Lower School (L3) and the Leadership Tool Kit. These kits are in each Lower School classroom are used in discussions to help our girls understand characteristics of leaders and see themselves as leaders. The program was featured in NAIS's online Independent School magazine and a team of our Upper School girls just won the first-ever Moulton Student Global Citizenship grant from the National Coalition of Girls Schools to take the toolkit to girls in underserved regions of the world. The girls plan to reach out to peers in other parts of the world to share their idea for this project, then work to co-create a leadership toolkit with them for their unique context.
To learn more, watch this video which discusses this program in more detail. (Above video created and provided by Molly Clark '15.)