Program Design: Designing Intentional Leadership Development Experiences

Program design is the first step in using the Student Leadership Competencies® and involves selecting competencies, aligning competencies with curriculum, creating buy-in, fostering partnerships, and branding and marketing your program. The following are resources and ideas to help you in the program design process. Click here for more information about Program Design.

Curriculum: Curriculum, Content, and Activities to Develop Leadership Capacity

In integrating competencies into the curriculum, it is essential to consider whether you want to infuse them into the content or the pedagogy or both. Associating competencies with content is the more obvious approach, like an ethics workshop focusing on the content of ethics. But, consider that pedagogy is a great way to help students develop competencies. For example, will you be teaching about advocating for a point of view or having students engage in an activity that requires them to advocate for a point of view? The Student Leadership Competencies Implementation Handbook includes ideas for developing competencies through the use of a variety of pedagogies. Click here for more information about Curriculum.

Assessment: Tips, Tricks, and Tools to Measure Leadership Development

Assessing competencies does not have to be overwhelming, intimidating, or time-consuming. There are many pre-designed measurements, best practices, and instructions on data interpretation that can help you in measuring competency development and proficiency. Click here for more information about Assessment.

Recognition: Recognizing Student Leadership Competency Development

It is important to be intentional about program design, curriculum development, and assessment when instituting competencies. However, the fourth component of the Student Leadership Competencies® program is recognition, which involves setting up systems and programs that acknowledge students for their competency development. In addition to motivating students to participate in competency-related experiences to earn recognition, providing recognition can help give students evidence to demonstrate their learning and development to employers, selection committees, and other external entities. Click here for more information about Recognition.