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Developing Student Leaders Symposium
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4/15/2016 to 4/16/2016
When: April 15-16, 2016
Friday, 4-8:30pm & Saturday, 9am-3:00pm
Where: The Webb Schools
1175 West Baseline Road
Claremont, California  91711
United States

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CSEE Member Schools: $225

Non-Member Schools: $375


About this event

CSEE's ninth annual symposium will feature representatives from three schools with carefully designed student leadership initiatives. They will present their programs and share ideas on how to create leadership opportunities and train students. Presenters will also discuss challenges overcome and those still being faced.

CSEE’s goal with this event is to help participants identify the qualities that seem essential to all school leadership programs and simultaneously to see how leadership development might differ depending on school climate, school population, mission, or other factors.

Whether looking to start a leadership development initiative from scratch, or desiring to improve an existing program, participants will leave this event with ideas, resources and enthusiasm for working on a top-notch leadership program at their school.

Presenting Schools

The Webb Schools - Claremont, CA 

Presenting: Peter Bartlett, Director of Student Life

As leaders in independent schools we have the luxury and responsibility of shaping our worlds, and also the quality of the experiences we share with our students. Regular review and revision of even our best practices - looking at our curricula with fresh eyes - is absolutely necessary to respond to the moral and ethical needs of today’s students. It is no longer acceptable to break them down to build them up with structures for which they have no context, many of them having been “managed” rather than parented in their early years. Ideally, we create platforms in the form of appropriate challenges, which they can meet and from which they can soar. Rather than have them come to our schools and all leave as one “kind” of person, we should regularly remind ourselves that if we, as institutions, are unchanged having had these children at our schools, with their many amazing graces, we have squandered an opportunity to be our best selves.

Francis Parker School - San Diego, CA

Presenting: Marc Thiebach

Turning Leadership Opportunities into Intentional Leadership Programming
We all look for ways to offer leadership opportunities to our students through student government, athletics, academic teams, clubs, and councils. But do we just give them positions and titles or REALLY train them to become leaders? This presentation will discuss ways we can connect chances for individual leadership into more intentional and consistent leadership training.


St. Michaels University School  - Victoria, BC

Presenting: Becky Anderson & Dariol Haydock

Our understanding of leadership has shifted. Today's leaders require more global understanding, emotional intelligence, cooperative ability and an empowering, rather than overpowering, approach. Every student at SMUS is a leader and is involved in the leadership program.

We believe that leadership is a process of engagement that moves people to understanding and action in an environment inspired by trust. From Kindergarten to Grade 12 there are opportunities for each student to explore and experience their potential as leaders in an age-appropriate way. Effective leadership requires a complex set of skills, knowledge and values. With this in mind, our school has developed a multifaceted approach to leadership education. Our program includes five interdependent streams: principles of leadership, service, sustainability, global responsibility and experiential/outdoor education.


Friday Evening

4 - 4:15pm        Check-in 
4:15 - 4:45pm   Introduction
4:45 -  6pm       Keynote Presentation 
6 - 7pm             Dinner
7-8:30pm          Presentation


9 - 10:30am      Presentation
10:30 - 10:45    Break
10:45 - 12pm    Resource Sharing and General Discussion
12 - 1pm           Lunch
1pm - 2:30        Presentation
2:30 - 3pm        Wrap-up and Evaluations


CSEE has a block of rooms reserved at the Double Tree by Hilton, 2.5 miles from the school. The rate is $122 for reservations made before March 24th. Reservations made after this date are subject to regular hotel rates and availability.

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