Leadership Academy

All AAE students participate in our Leadership Academy. Leadership classes focus on building character through the Whole Brain Teaching virtues of glorious kindness, positive leadership, selfless courage, invincible grit, and brainy creativity. In addition, students work on enhancing their personal leadership skills through development of:

  • Growth Mindset
  • Recognizing One’s Own Talents
  • Goal Setting
  • Effective Communication Skills
  • “I” Messages
  • POV (Point-of-View)
  • Dissertation
  • Decision Making
  • Strategic Thinking
  • Resolving Conflict
  • Empathy
  • Ethical Leadership
  • Strength

Students then progress through their Collaboration/Group Leadership skills through:

  • Rules of Collaboration
  • Teamwork/Team Building
  • Inspiration
  • Trust
  • Share
  • Support
  • Assist
  • Delegate
  • Develop Conflict Resolution Protocols
  • Evaluate & Adjust

Finally, students advance their knowledge of leadership through service by:

  • Service Learning
  • Community Service Project
  • Mentoring
  • Volunteering
  • Taking Action

At the Academy of Academic Excellence, student “dissertations” are a weekly event! Students select an interest/hobby of importance to them and sign up two weeks in advance to do research and prepare to demonstrate their knowledge to all the Academy Kids. Through self-directed learning, students show off their talents and interests.

PowerPoint presentations are popular as they help the student process their thoughts in sequence and add sight words & picture clues to deliver this information orally and accurately! Visual objects and items are brought in to enhance the attentiveness of the group listeners and to help make a connection to their subject kinesthetically. These presentations help develop initiative, research, public speaking, and leadership skills. Following their dissertation, the student becomes the professor, answering questions from their peers. All grade levels can participate in dissertations from Pre-K to 5th grade. The presentations can last from 10 to 40 minutes in duration!


Posted by Academy of Academic Excellence on Wednesday, April 25, 2018