Student leadership is an important part of the curriculum here at Nellie Stone Johnson. We try to promote youth voice where ever we can whether it is in the classroom or in the community. Please look at the following quote and website link to learn more about student leadership, and why it is important.
"Student leadership [...] is the process of involving students in meaningful ways both in and beyond the classroom. It is providing opportunities for students to demonstrate their talents, skills, and interests while continuing to develop new skills. It is also about giving students more ownership of the programs they attend." It is important because, "student input can improve and strengthen programs in ways that the [facilitator] could not do alone. Students bring new energy and ideas to the program. [Secondly], student leadership provides opportunities for students to get involved and to learn skills that can be transferable to the workplace or community. Finally, student leadership deepens each student's commitment to adult literacy and increases the chances that the student will continue to learn." --Michele V. Sacerdote, July 2003, http://www.sabes.org/administration/studentcouncils.htm
A great article by Grant Nelson entitled "Student Leadership Today" can be found by clicking on this link: http://www.newhorizons.org/voices/nelson.htm
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