Are you engaging in leadership development with youth through clubs, organizations, programs, and classes? Want to infuse competencies into your existing curriculum? Check out all the great ways to use the Student Leadership Competencies in your school!

Align Courses with Competencies Required by the Common Core

What leadership competencies do students need to develop to best leverage their capacity for learning and development? The Student Leadership Competencies® have been mapped to all grades, K-12, using the standards set forth in the Common Core. Use the Student Leadership Competencies® Implementation Handbook to find out the leadership competencies students need for each grade level or use the youth competency list from Seemiller, C. (2018). A competency-based model for youth leadership development. Journal of Leadership Education, 17(1), 56-72 as a framework for course design.

Weave Leadership Curriculum into Your Courses

Regardless of grade level, students need to develop leadership competencies to prepare them for college and/or the world of work. How can you be intentional about weaving leadership development into your course curriculum? Using the Curriculum Index, you can find a comprehensive index of every leadership curriculum module in a variety of leadership books aligned to the Student Leadership Competencies®. No need for sifting and sorting through an entire book to find what you need. Simply select a competency and find all related curriculum across a variety of resources.

Integrate Leadership Tools in Your Courses

Need ideas for helping students identify and develop their competencies? Have your middle school and high school students take the youth version of the Student Leadership Competencies Inventory to self-assess their competency proficiency. From there, students can create professional development plans related to develop the competencies they may not be as proficient in. Use the self-evaluation and observer evaluation from the Student Leadership Competencies 360 Evaluation to provide them insight on their leadership development.

Assess Leadership Development in Your Courses

By aligning your courses with leadership competencies, you can know what students should be developing as a result of enrollment and easily assess their leadership learning. Adding SLC Self-Evaluation Measurements to existing evaluations for middle and high school students can provide consistency in measurement and the ability to compare data across lessons, courses, and programs.

Award Competency Badges for Completion of Experiences

Students love achieving milestones. Knowing that they completed one step helps them stay motivated to move forward to complete the next. Like badges awarded for Scouts, you can award students digital leadership competency badges for completion of specific trainings or milestones for promotion. There are 60 badges to earn, one for each competency, and you can design the experiences in which they earn badges. Using the Student Leadership Competencies® provides a one-stop shop for program design, assessment, and even recognition!