• WYWLA’s academic program is predicated on leadership development for each child. Students learn and practice leadership behaviors through daily classroom instruction and activities. Students will also participate in our Girls’ Leadership Class (GLC) where they will get a deep understanding of The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership. These Practices are based on the research of Kouzes and Posner (The Leadership Challenge). The Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership are:

    1. Model the Way
    2. Inspire a Shared Vision
    3. Challenge the Process
    4. Enable Others to Act
    5. Encourage the Heart

    During GLC, students will explore each of these practices and learn behaviors than will serve as the basis for learning to lead. These behaviors are called the Ten Commitments of Exemplary Leadership and will serve as the guide for explaining, appreciating, and learning how leaders have a positive influence on others. GLCs meet four times each week and also focus on the following leadership qualities:

    • Character
    • Communication
    • Community Service
    • Teamwork
    • Self-discipline

    Students will have multiple opportunities to demonstrate their leadership development throughout the year. Each GLC will participate in school-wide projects that promote leadership development. Examples of projects include Day of the Girl, Community Day of Service, and Women’s History Month.

    WEEKLY GLC SCHEDULE
    Monday--Teambuilding and Weekly Announcements
    Tuesday--Ready to Learn--Academic Advisory
    Wednesday--WISE Wednesday
    Thursday--Ready to Lead--Focus on the 5 Practices
    Friday--Ready to Serve--Focus on Community Service