2018 Summer Student Self-Leadership for Middle School, High School and College Students
Sponsored by: Ken Blanchard Companies
ESCONDIDO, CALIFORNIA (June 15th, 2019 – June 22nd, 2019)- Every year Ken Blanchard Companies sponsors trainings for their employee’s children and friends. This year we had 28 middle schoolers, 28 high schoolers and 7 college students. Each of the trainings is 2-days longs. On the first day students learned to problem solve, set goals, make connections, the 4 development levels that everyone goes through on each goal & task and how to ask for help from their peers & leaders. On the second day they will put these skills to the test in an out of the classroom activity, Rock climbing! Rock Climbing helps them practice their team work, communication and to achieve the goals they set.
ORLANDO, FLORIDA (November 9, 2017- November 11, 2017) – The First Tee invited Ken Blanchard and Blanchard Institute to their 2017 Annual Network Conference. Ken gave a Keynote on Organizational Leadership and Inspiring the Next Generation. Blanchard Institute accompanied by care partner, Robert Brown, trained 82 members in Leading Change where chapter Board Members and Executive Directors learned how to lead successful organizational change efforts by understanding the different stages of concern and adjusting their leadership style to improve productivity and morale. Another 43 Executive Directors and Program Directors were trained in Building Trust where they learned how to build trust to increase engagement, creativity, and commitment in the workplace.
Blanchard Institute was also invited to train at First Tee’s Outstanding Leadership Summit for students and their Alumni Summit for former First Tee students. At the Outstanding Leadership Summit, Blanchard Institute trained 28 First Tee students aged 14 to 18 in Student Self-Leadership. Students learned how to goal set with SMART goals and the SLII™ Model through juggling. Blanchard Institute also trained 12 Alumni aged 18 to 29 in DISC Personality where they learned about different types of personalities and their learning styles. Prior to the training all the Alumni took their own DISC personality assessment to better understand their own mindset and learned how they can best work with each mindset.
Update on CSRM Partnership- 2017 CSRM Annual Member Meeting
RIVERSIDE, CALIFORNIA (November 6, 2017) – Blanchard Institute attended CSRM’s Annual Member Meeting for the second time in a row this November. Blanchard Institute’s booth demonstrated to members the importance of resiliency through a game of “Resilience Pong”, winners walked away with a Ken Blanchard book. Currently CSRM and Blanchard Institute are in the middle of Year 2 of a 3-Year Pilot program with 2 of their Districts, Hesperia Unified School District and Victor Elementary School District. Blanchard Institute has surveyed 20,000 students each year, trained 160 Principals and over 230 Teachers from Hesperia and Victor Elementary in the past 2 years.
UKRAINE (July 2017) – Our Care Partners, Radooga Ministries, in Ukraine have been hard at work training over 25 new trainers for our StudentSL program this summer. They hope to train over 1500 kids this summer at their many leadership summer camps. Blanchard Institute plans to travel abroad and participate in the program during the summer of 2018!
San Bernardino County of Superintendents of Schools Educational Leadership Summit
LAKE ARROWHEAD, CALIFORNIA (June 10, 2017) – Vicki Halsey, co-author of Legendary Service, keynoted at San Bernardino County Superintendent of School’s (SBCSS) Educational Leadership Summit for Superintendents and Leadership Staff! She discussed Legendary Service and how to build a culture of care in school districts!
MOBILE, ALABAMA (June 13, 2017) – The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS) invited Ken Blanchard and Blanchard Institute to their 2017 Summer Convention. Ken gave the keynote speech on “Leading to Succeed in Changing Times” to over 1300 Superintendents and School Leaders, representing 138 school districts in the state of Alabama. Kevin Hammond and Ben Tabbal presented two breakout sessions on “Leading through a Thriving Mindset”.
The Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools provides high quality professional development for school districts and administrative leaders. They represent over 3,500 members all over the State of Alabama. Their mission is to “coordinate and facilitate the resources of all members for the advancement of public education.”
OCEANSIDE (June 9, 2017) – 30 at risk students with low GPA’s and/or behavioral problems from Cesar Chavez Middle School in Oceanside participated in a yearlong StudentSL course that was incorporated into their school curriculum by their teacher, Rhianna Johnson. The leadership program was so successful it resulted in a dramatic increase in grades, resilient self-leaders, greater confidence, good relationships between both their fellow students & their teachers, and a renewed excitement about school & their future.
In celebration for all of their hard work, Blanchard Institute rewarded the students with an end of the year rock climbing party! The students used their newly acquired leadership skills to help everyone ascend to the top of the rock climbing walls.
SAN BERNARDINO (April 21, 2017) – Ken Blanchard spoke to over 50 Superintendents and Community Leaders on “Leading at a Higher Level” in Education, bringing world-class leadership to schools. The event was sponsored by California Schools Risk Management (CSRM) and hosted by the County Superintendent of Schools, Ted Alejandre. Blanchard Institute has partnered with CSRM to improve San Bernardino’s status as one of the lowest ranking counties in California in education and per capita income.
Blanchard Institute is working with 25,000 students in 54 Schools in the High Desert and has trained 160 principals and school leaders on how to inspire their staff and teachers; how to connect and train students with life skills and how to break the cycle of poverty and victimhood by teaching them to make responsible choices.
“Educators have the most important job of anyone in society. It is my life’s mission to help develop leaders that influence our future. Our partnership with California Schools Risk Management provides world-class training to school leaders in the Inland Empire while building resiliency in students,”said Ken Blanchard, co-founder, Blanchard Institute. Blanchard and CSRM, serving the Inland Empire with a path for long-term student development of 21st Century Leaders.
About California Schools Risk Management
California Schools Risk Management (CSRM) is California’s longest established joint powers authority. The CS Risk Management JPA is a not-for-profit organization where public schools share and manage their risk exposures. CSRM provides insurance programs and risk management services for school districts and community college districts. CSRM, also, provides support to member districts training and loss prevention support to lower risk and create a safer school environment.
The Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders luncheonis held in February each year around the time of the birthdays of George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. The program provides an opportunity to offer encouragement and recognition for the accomplishments of young people who serve in leadership roles in our schools. A community leader brings to the honorees a message of patriotism, leadership, and service. Laurels for Leaders of San Diego and the Blanchard Institute (Escondido, CA) provided an instructor-led Leadership learning experience to all ASB Leaders. The students received an Introduction to Student Self Leadership that exposed them to similar skills, training and disciplines received by many Fortune 500 Managers, including: setting and achieving goals, assumed constraints, problem solving, and understanding individual development levels and leadership styles for increased communication. Further collaboration between the two non-profits and the Kiwanis Club of San Diego is planned in for the coming school year.
About Laurels for Leaders
Washington-Lincoln Laurels for Leaders was established in 1957, initiated by the late Dr. Frank Lowe, then President of the San Diego Board of Education, to honor and recognize achievements of ASB president of San Diego County’s high schools. The program was eventually taken over by a committee of the San Diego Kiwanis Club. The young men and women to be honored are guests of program sponsors who are leaders of all sections of community life throughout the county: business, industry, religion, education, government, military and service organizations. Corporate sponsors are also major contributors. It is through the contributions of these sponsors that the luncheon and presentations to the students are made possible.
Ernie Wright started Pro Kids so students would have the opportunity to learn to lead their own life to success, and have a positive impact on peers and ultimately their community. The staff at Pro Kids believes in students’ ability to take responsibility for their learning, that students be committed to building self-leadership skills, and that they are investing in their futures as a positive force in the world.
In July 2014 participants of The First Tee were selected to attend the Life Skills and Leadership Academy, where they played championship golf, participated in life skills activities and career exploration, experienced dorm living and met a wide variety of young people from around the world. The overall purpose of the Academy is to provide participants with valuable character education and leadership instruction.
As Kathy Wilder (Chief Operating Officer—San Diego Chapters) said in her introduction of Student Self-Leadership to students:
“Taking the reins of your own life requires a commitment to understanding yourself. Using the Blanchard Institute’s SLII® model you will explore your areas of strength and areas for improvement. The model will give you a practical guide to understanding your level of competence and commitment for every aspect of your life whether it be school or home. I encourage you to talk to your family members, teachers and friends about your work in leadership. Seek support, guidance, and encouragement from those who know you best. This journey can be exciting and challenging. We are all here to support you.”
PROGRESSION OF THE LEARNING JOURNEY
After introducing the concepts of SLII® to the educators and staff, we shared the connection their mission and program has to the objectives of the Student Self Leadership program. Faculty members at both locations then led students through the program and saw the value to sharing it with a larger audience.
We were then invited to participate in The First Tee’s summer program for student leaders from across the country. We began by introducing the concepts and process of SSL to the life and golf coaches/mentors and returned two days later to facilitate a student-and-coach learning activity on the golf course.
Since then we have created a customized training and workbook for the First Tee—”The Front Nine” modules are currently being implemented and we are looking forward to developing “The Back Nine” with more advanced life skills for students.