BAA Leadership 11

Course Synopsis:

This course offers students the opportunity to learn and practice leadership skills. Students will learn the value of contribution through the volunteer component of the course, which allows students to work with a variety of age groups on projects, activities and events throughout the community. Students will be able to improve their confidence through learning various organizational tactics, effective communication skills, and the adoption of leadership traits that will contribute to their personal growth and successes. Students will also learn the strategies that are necessary to make an effective plan to achieve their goals. Students may have the opportunity to attend district workshops, retreat and/or conference.

Rationale:


The development of leadership capacity in secondary students is key to the culture and organization of school and its community. Students should be given the opportunity to develop leadership skills as part of their education. The participants in this course will make valid contributions to both the school and local community in the process of understanding the nature of successful student leadership. Leadership opportunities will aid in preparing students for the challenges the next century will present to them.

Organizational Structure:

Unit/Topic Title Time
Unit 1 Leadership Principles 10 hours
Unit 2 Volunteerism 40 hours
Unit 3 Understanding Self and Others 20 hours
Unit 4 Planning and Implementing Events 20 hours
Unit 5 Building Leadership Skills Through Reflection and Practice 30 hours
Total Hours 120 hours

Unit/Topic/Module Descriptions:


Unit 1:Leadership Principles: 10 hours

In this unit students will explore the beginnings of foundations of leadership and examine various leadership models. They will become familiar with the importance of leadership in a variety of situations and be provided with examples of different leadership styles.
Curriculum Organizer -What is Leadership?
It is expected that students will:
-demonstrate understanding of the importance of leadership training in today’s world.
Curriculum Organizer -Team Leadership
It is expected that students will:
- demonstrate understanding of the dynamics of team leadership.
Curriculum Organizer -Leadership Styles and Traits
It is expected that students will:
- identify leadership traits, qualities and personalities.
Curriculum Organizer -Leadership Laws
It is expected that students will:
- explore and evaluate certain theories on leadership and their sociological applications to groups.

Unit 2:Volunteerism 40 hours


Curriculum Organizer -The Purpose of Volunteerism
It is expected that students will:
- understand the value of volunteerism in their community.
- adapt to a variety of volunteer environments and expectations.
Curriculum Organizer -Volunteering in the Community (40 hours)
It is expected that students will:
- develop an understanding of contribution to one's community.
- develop an understanding of working with a variety of leaders.
Curriculum Organizer -Personal Organization for a Volunteer Experience
It is expected that students will:
- use an agenda book/ Talons calendar to post dates, times, contact information and locations for volunteer experiences.
- use appropriate dress for the nature of the volunteer experience.
- develop a professional attitude about their volunteer experience
Curriculum Organizer -Volunteer Experiences That Encompass All Ages
It is expected that students will:
- organize volunteer experiences so that they will have the opportunity to work with a variety of age groups in the community (kids, teens, adults, elderly)
Curriculum Organizer -Job Shadow Community Leader Program
It is expected that students will:
- commit a minimum of 4 hours working with someone in the community who is in a Leadership capacity.
Curriculum Organizer -Journal Reflection
It is expected that students will:
- reflect and report on their volunteer experiences through regular logbook entries.

Unit 3: Understanding Self and Others 20 hours


Curriculum Organizer -Organization
It is expected that students will:
- understand the importance of organization of time and detail when in a leadership position.
- apply organizational techniques that can be implemented daily.
- create a personal brochure or IEP that will contain goals for various aspects of their life as well as a thorough plan to help them achieve those goals
Curriculum Organizer -Association
It is expected that students will:
- understand the relationship of association and leadership roles.
Curriculum Organizer -Education
It is expected that students will:
- discuss the role of education and life-long learning in one's future.
Curriculum Organizer -Communication
It is expected that students will:
- demonstrate various aspects of communication for positive successful leadership.
Curriculum Organizer -Motivation
It is expected that students will:
- demonstrate understanding of the theories of human motivation and how it applies to group of individuals working together towards a common goal.
Curriculum Organizer -Visualization
It is expected that students will:
- apply visualization techniques to help them achieve goals.
Curriculum Organizer -Determination
It is expected that students will:
- discuss techniques to over-come obstacles in order to practise determination as part of their plan to achieve their individual and group goals.
Curriculum Organizer -Conflict Resolution
It is expected that students will:
- understand and practise steps to resolve conflict when it arises in group situations.

Unit 4: Planning and Implementing 20 hours


Curriculum Organizer -Running Meetings
It is expected
- understand the importance of meetings and how to run them effectively.
Curriculum Organizer -Organization and Purpose of Committees
It is expected that students will:
- define the purpose of a committee.
- demonstrate how to work effectively in a committee structure.
Curriculum Organizer -Successful Planning For Events
It is expected that students will:
- use a determined plan for the planning of events and trips.
Curriculum Organizer - Promotion
It is expected that students will:
- recognize and use various avenues to promote an event within the school or community.
Curriculum Organizer -Post Event Assessment and Reflection
It is expected that students will:
- assess the success of an event with a post event evaluation and reflection.

Unit 5: Building Leadership Skills through Reflection and Practice 30 hours

Curriculum Organizer -Virtues Project
It is expected that students will:
- organize and implement a community-wide project.
Curriculum Organizer -10-Minute Lessons
It is expected that students will:
- apply organizational techniques to be able to present confidently.
- use creativity in developing presentations.
Curriculum Organizer –Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens and Read, Respond, Reflect
It is expected that students will:
- apply personal reflection and experiences through reflective writing.

Instructional Component:

  • Written Assignments
  • Handbooks
  • Readings and Reflections
  • Individual and Group Projects
  • Volunteer Experiences (40 Hours)
  • Professional Speakers
  • Committee Participation

Assessment Components:

  • Formative: Eighty percent (80%) of the grade will be based on continuous assessments conducted throughout the course such as individual and group activities. 40 hours of mandatory volunteer experiences will make a significant portion of the assessment.
  • Summative: Twenty percent (20%) of the grade will be based on the assessment of the community service projects and talons committee participation

Performance Methods:

*Teacher observation
*Individual and Group Participation
*Presentations
  • Written Assignments
  • Individual and Group Projects
  • Self- Evaluation

Learning Resources:

  • Jump Start Leadership Workbooks Volume 1 and 2
  • How To Step Up As A Team Leader
  • Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff for Teens -Richard Carlson
  • Seven Habits of Highly Effective People û Steven Covey
  • Roberts Rules of Orders

Additional Information:

This course is offered in most of the secondary schools in Coquitlam. Depending on school organization and who is the assigned teacher, this course develops a uniqueness that mirrors the personality and culture of the school.