Core Leadership California for Educators
Connect. Collaborate. Discover. Design.
What is CLCA-Ed?
In 2010, we launched a transformational student leadership program, now called Core Leadership California (CLCA), that provides high school students with the time, space, and support to explore their identities, learn how to make values-driven decisions, develop high-performance habits, and build generative relationships with themselves, others, and the natural world.
This two-week residential program teaches the skills that students need to build cultures characterized by five core values--safety, respect, belonging, inclusion, and trust–-which depend upon practices that require intention, attention, and an attitude of curiosity and awareness.
Over the past eight years, we have trained more than 150 students from fourteen countries, and provided more than $250K in financial aid for 53% of our graduates. Please see the CLCA website for more information.
Based on this well-established pedagogy, Core Leadership for Educators (CLCA-Ed) is a newly designed, invitation-only, week-long program for mid-career professionals who work at the intersection of social justice, identity development, mindfulness, civic engagement, citizenship education, and leadership development.
Why is it important for me to attend?
Educators dedicated to developing authentic young leaders often lack access to true peers and mentors, and thus are perpetually at risk of feeling isolated. Like their students, they need the time, space, and support to explore identity, intimacy, independence, interdependence, and impulse control.
Eight years of directing CLCA taught us:
- Transformational youth leadership education requires teachers who are talented, trained, and well-supported.
- Identity exploration is at the heart of authentic leadership development.
- The “brave space” required for this work is learner-centered, experiential, and grounded in mindfulness and social-emotional practices.
- Students benefit from a combination of summer intensives and term-time mentoring.
We built CLCA-Ed for experienced practitioners because we know that real change begins on the inside, and authentic growth requires access to a diverse and supportive network of allies. CLCA-Ed is designed such that our curated group of participants can explore their own identities, rest and reflect, and collaborate with peers to envision and develop curricula for truly practicable 90-minute student leadership workshops.
Where does CLCA-Ed take place?
CLCA-Ed takes place on the upper division campus of the Stevenson School, a selective co-educational boarding and day school, located about a half-mile uphill from “the greatest meeting of land and sea in the world” in Pebble Beach, CA. Stevenson School surveys a dramatic sweep of California’s Central Coast--two hours south of San Francisco and five hours north of Los Angeles. Participants gather in traditional classrooms and hike and surf along the spectacular Monterey Bay. Our goal is for you to have time to connect, collaborate, rest, exercise, and reflect.
Location: Stevenson School - 3152 Forest Lake Road, Pebble Beach, CA 93953
How will I learn and grow?
In both pairs and larger groups, you will develop shared vocabulary and frameworks and you will collaborate with peers to envision and develop curricula for truly practicable 90-minute student leadership workshops. The classroom extends into the landscape: wherever you find yourself, you will practice foundational attention and awareness skills, and practice refined speaking and listening while living and learning in a values-driven, learner-centered environment. In addition, you will participate in a guided 24-hour period of silent meditation. These learning opportunities challenge each participant differently, and our team is well prepared to help you meet each one as well as you can, such that you leave CLCA-Ed feeling happy, victorious, inspired, connected, and renewed.
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- Collaborate on designing 90-minute student leadership workshop curricula with peers.
- Play in the ocean, hike along the Pacific coast, rest, and reflect.
- Build a valuable network of professionals from around the world to support you as you build brave spaces, mentor and educate youth leaders, and lead meaningful and sustainable social and institutional change.
Who can attend?
- Mid-career educators and professionals who work with students at the intersection of social justice, identity development, mindfulness, civic engagement, citizenship education, and leadership development. This includes coaches, chaplains, deans of students, deans of equity and inclusion, admissions officers, deans of health and well-being, counselors, and classroom teachers.
- Senior administrators, provosts, deans, division heads, and heads of school who want to lead change in a values-driven culture.
- Most participants are hand-selected and invited to attend. That said, we welcome your inquiry if you meet the above criteria. Please email us with your resume and cover letter at email@example.com.
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A program designed for the Stevenson School by Mindful Warrior© 2018.