Leadership skills are nebulous, hard-to-define, and critical for students’ futures. Yet, many schools and districts still have minimal programs—typically a student council—and tend to concentrate on the oldest grades. But a leadership program can begin much earlier.

In her edWebinar, “How to Fill the World with Leaders: Creating School Cultures Where Student Leadership Thrives,” leadership consultant Mariam G. MacGregor, M.S., not only explained how to integrate leadership lessons in preschool, but she also advocated for administrators to make a conscious effort to develop citizen leaders.

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As with any school- or district-wide initiative, implementing a leadership program requires careful planning and communication.

1. Gather at your table. Yes, the first step is to gather all stakeholders: parents, educators, students, etc. But too often, said MacGregor, they hold separate meetings, and then someone tries to figure out how the different ideas could work together.

About the Author:

Stacey Pusey is an education communications consultant and writer. She assists education organizations with content strategy and teaches writing at the college level. Stacey has worked in the preK-12 education world for 20 years, spending time on school management and working for education associations including the AAP PreK-12 Learning Group. Stacey is working with edWeb.net as a marketing communications advisor and writer.