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Upper School Curriculum

  • Interdisciplinary Studies
Developing Effective Leadership
Grades: 9, 10, 11, 12

This course is designed to equip future leaders with a fundamental understanding of what leadership is and how an individual can develop the necessary skills to become an effective leader as a key component of both individual and community growth. A core component of this course is identifying the difference between leadership and management by learning the importance of understanding others by building empathy through relationships, and gaining a better understanding of different leadership styles. Throughout the semester, we will introduce students to leadership by focusing on what it means to be a good leader and leveraging connections through the greater Durham community as we incorporate a guest speaker series. Emphasis will be placed on preparing students to deal with the diverse realities of our society by identifying their own strengths and areas of growth, and how to best work with others. We will learn and apply leadership skills through a variety of hands-on practical ways that encourage students to challenge their own beliefs and assumptions about what constitutes effective leadership.

  • Grade 9
  • Grade 10
  • Grade 11
  • Grade 12