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How Students Become Extraordinary Leaders with Jim Toole
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Whether starting a character and leadership education program from scratch or looking to add to an existing program, you will leave with ideas, inspiration, materials, and contacts to take back to your school.

4/16/2020 to 4/17/2020
When: April 16-17, 2020
Thursday, 3:30-8:30pm; Friday, 8:30am-3:30pm
Where: Grace Church School
46 Cooper Square
New York, New York  10003
United States

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This event has been postponed due to social distancing restrictions. We will announce a new date for 2021 soon.

First registrant: $275
Additional registrants from same school: $250


First registrant: $450
Additional registrants from same school: $425



Whether starting a character and leadership education program in your middle / upper school from scratch or looking to add to an existing program, you will leave with ideas, inspiration, materials, and contacts to take back to your school.

How Students Become Extraordinary Leaders
Rethinking Students as Leaders, Designers, Innovators, and Problem-Solvers

How might K-12 independent schools graduate students that will be the world-class leaders needed to meet the local and global challenges of the 21st century? Corporations, government, education, non-profits, and faith communities are all hungry today for more authentic and effective leadership. This retreat is structured around Seven Capabilities that can transform how we see and teach student leadership in independent schools. We’ll participate in a series of highly interactive, hands-on, research-based activities that are counterintuitive but practical and can be used in the classroom, student government, or public service programs. The weekend will be a deep dive into mindsets and toolboxes that give new depth and meaning to student leadership. You’ll leave with a new framework, insights, and activities to create extraordinary leaders.



Dr. James Toole is a global changemaker that works with youth, social entrepreneurs, governments, teachers, communities, and NGOs to support a new generation of leaders that are designing innovative solutions to pressing social challenges. Over the past decade, he has taught over 300 youth leaders from 60 countries that are tackling everything from gender-based violence in Botswana and teaching English in Brazilian slums to protecting the oceans in the Philippines and supporting female education in Syrian refugee camps. His curriculum on social innovation and entrepreneurship for the International Youth Foundation is translated into Spanish, Portuguese, Turkish, and Arabic, and is used in 24 countries.

Dr. Toole is a Senior Fellow at the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work and College of Education and Human Development, the President of Compass Institute, and a Senior Consultant to the International Youth Foundation. He works with leading independent schools throughout the U.S. and abroad. He has taught at every level from pre-school and kindergarten to graduate school. His main mentor is his 17-year-old daughter who teaches him daily about the desire to participate, new ways to see the world, the need for differentiation, the importance of play in the learning process, and the power of curiosity.


"Seldom does one have the ‘epiphany’ type of experience at my stage of my education career but this was the case when working under the masterful guidance of James Toole. His ability to uncover your true gifts and enable you to do the same for your students, with surgical precision, is second to none…one of the most outstanding professional development experiences you will ever have the pleasure of undertaking.” 
          - Kevin Cook, Director of Service, St. Michaels University School, Victoria, Canada
            January, 2018

"Jim Toole is an exceptional thinker and practioner who is grounded in a highly sophisticated, nuanced, and multidisciplinary approach. His workshops are lifechanging, addressing deep questions about what matters most in teaching and learning. I was so inspired by his first workshop at the National Service Learning Conference that I attended two more! I can't recommend Jim highly enough."

          - Sarah Bennison, Public Service Director, Trinity School, New York City 
            May, 2016



Grace Church's Upper School Campus is located at 46 Cooper Square, just blocks from Washington Square Park. There are a few hotels in the area (The Standard - across the street, The Washington Square Hotel). The school is also easily accessible by subway: the 4 and 6 lines at Astor Place, or the N, Q, R, or W trains at 8th Street Station.


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