ERIC Number: EJ767015
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2006-Jan
Every Student a Leader
Cahill, Michael L.
Principal Leadership, v6 n5 p34-38 Jan 2006
The middle level years are an important period of transition for adolescents. Middle level students have giant hearts--they want to save the world, and they are learning how to reach outside of themselves to empathize and care about others. At Millburn Middle School in New Jersey, where the author is principal, staff members found a way to help channel and organize the incredible energy their students bring to school. Millburn's leadership programs, both curricular and after school, are founded on the pillars of character education and the philosophy that every student can be a leader and contribute his or her time and talent to improve the community. The school requires all sixth graders to take a leadership class that focuses on peaceful conflict resolution. In seventh grade, students learn leadership skills in a technology class that helps them explore their understanding of character. In eighth grade, students are eligible to participate in the peer leadership program, where they can put their skills and knowledge to practical use. What students and their teachers have accomplished through the program has been and continues to be nothing short of inspiring.
Descriptors: Grade 8, Grade 7, Grade 6, Personality Traits, Leadership, Values Education, Conflict Resolution, Leadership Training, Middle School Students, Student Role, Peace, Leadership Qualities, Peer Influence, Student Participation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey