Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Pinewood Prep announced that it is launching a new high school leadership program for the 2014-15 school year.
The Leadership Institute at Pinewood Preparatory School will offer a formal curriculum for students to gain critical leadership development skills concurrent with their academic coursework.
“Preparing students to be leaders has always been a part of our vision here at Pinewood, but it has been organic – through opportunities for community service, critical thinking in coursework and a variety of strong teams and clubs,” said Head of School, Steve Mandell. “With the coming school year, we have made leadership development a formal requirement at the high school level for all of our graduates.”
The Leadership Institute will focus on seven core elements that leaders must possess: personal mastery; moral foundation; goal-setting; communication skills; problem-solving; self-awareness; and an ability to inspire and motivate others.
“The goal is not to achieve titles or positions, but rather to have a significant impact on others,” Mandell explained. “Emphasizing active citizenship and servant leadership helps students begin to understand this paradigm. It is not about seeking power, but asking, ‘How can I be of help?’.”
Seven courses will be offered that are specifically geared towards leadership development: Leadership Studies; Twenty-First Century Communications; Financial Literacy; Citizenship; Service Learning; Ethics; and Current Events.
The Institute is comprised of four major components designed to provide a well-rounded experience for students: classroom coursework, experiential education through internships and trips; community service; and leadership opportunities on clubs and teams or in the greater community.
Each year, students will complete one-half credit of Leadership Institute coursework. In addition, students will be expected to participate in a class trip each year, and complete a certain number of community service hours. In their senior year, students will complete a 30-hour field internship or shadow experience.
“If we can help students better understand how their behavior impacts others, then we can help them choose behaviors that have a positive impact,” Mandell said. “The program also aims to develop within each student a strong moral foundation, an ethical lens and a commitment to social justice.”
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