“To intentionally impact leadership development throughout the Northwest School
Leadership Academy Syllabus 2017-2018 - An overview of Leadership Academy
The NWSD Leadership Academy is:
An Oasis: a safe place to grow together in leadership.
A Clearing House: a place to discuss and have access to necessary tools to help you
in your leadership journey.
A Training Centre: Specific, targeted teaching and learning for personal growth.
The 6 Pillars of Leadership Academy:
Communication: A delegate will understand and practice effective communication for
inspiration and success.
Integrity: A delegate will always be honest with themselves and others.
Vision: A delegate will research and create a meaningful vision for each project they lead
or are a part of.
Respect: A delegate will respect themselves and others whom they work beside.
Teamwork: A delegate will embrace teamwork and collaboration with the greater end
goal always in mind.
Ethics: A delegate will always remember their moral compass and make the most ethical
choices and decision in any given situation.
An NWSD Leadership Academy graduate will strive to possess the following skills by the end of year 2:
Will have excellent presentation and public speaking skills
Will be an imaginative problem solver
Will harness emotional intelligence
Will be a proactive thinker
Will be a skillfully organized young adult
Will always have polite interactions with others
Will be continuously seeking cultural awareness
The course at a glance:
Credit Course Delivery Seminars
The NWSD Leadership Academy is a 2 year course designed for students to cultivate
practical management training and to employ continuous growth in leadership.
(Leadership 30L – 2 Years – 50 hours per year)
Student Delegates meet approximately 2 - 3 times a year in conjunction with NWSD
principal meeting dates. Course content is taught using lecture, group activities, guest
presentations, NWSD Leadership Academy Wikiclassroom, interviews, and self-directed
projects. Attendance is absolutely mandatory. You will have these date ahead of time, so
make sure you plan accordingly. Any missed session will result in an extra assignment.
Specific lessons are delivered in Time and Stress Management, Decision Making, Problem
Solving, Types of Leadership, Project Planning, Conflict Resolution, and Presentation
Students will complete 4 online modules each year. Each module encompasses a theme
that will be taught and discussed at a prior session.
Students will complete a major community project each year. These projects must be
discussed with me before approval.
Students will complete a major school project each year. These projects must be
discussed with me before approval.
Students are required to interview 2 local leaders each year and discuss why this person
is meaningful to their leadership development.
Students are required to journal for each module. These assignment guidelines will be
available on the wikiclass. Each entry is to be about leadership and to be significant and
well written. Students have been given the option to use www.penzu.com to organize
their entries, or to simply email them in Word doc. form.
The Academy provides Leadership Opportunities. You choose what you do with them.
How to join Leadership Academy?
At the end of every school year, in May and June, Mrs. Zaraska accepts new applications to Leadership Academy for the following Fall.
Students must have their parents and school principal sign off on their Leadership Academy application. Please contact your school principal for more to learn how you can join Leadership Academy.