Leadership in the Lower School
Developed by Agnes Irwin faculty, our Center for the Advancement of Girls, and Bryn Mawr College researchers, L3 helps our youngest girls learn to see themselves as leaders. The program, which is integrated at every grade level, gives girls a broad understanding of who a leader is and what a leader does, creating a strong sense of leadership self-efficacy in lower school girls.
The toolkit is a physical toolbox, filled with laminated definition cards, examples, and physical objects related to the leadership attributes. Resilience, for example, is defined as, “When things don’t go my way, I bounce back” and is represented by a bouncy ball.
The toolkit is just one aspect of an overarching leadership program, reinforced on the playground, in classrooms, during assemblies, and throughout Lower School life.
The Journal of Research in Childhood Education, on Agnes Irwin's L3 program
An article about Agnes Irwin's Living Leadership in the Lower School program was featured in the Winter 2016 issue of NAIS's Independent School Magazine.
The early and consistent cultivation of a girl’s leadership identity manifests itself in the knowledge that she not only belongs at the table, but brings her full voice there, too.
Director of Programs, Center for the Advancement of Girls
Head of School Dr. Wendy Hill and Mariandl Hufford, founding director of the Center for the Advancement of Girls, wrote an article for the Philadelphia Inquirer on the importance of teaching leadership identity in young girls.
Leadership identity, noun. The ability to see oneself as a leader.
To view herself as a leader, a girl first must feel that she is capable of leadership — which is why we focus on developing leadership identity in our youngest students.
In December 2017, the research behind L3 was published in the peer-reviewed Journal of Research in Childhood Education.