Become a Mentor
For many students in WLSA member-schools, preparation for leadership roles should be seen as a natural developmental goal. This program aims to help student participants develop leadership competency across several important categories of knowledge, abilities, attitudes, and behaviours. Among competency areas, the ability to work in complicated cross-cultural settings is a vital one in the 21st century. Leading in such contexts is especially challenging. The program will therefore dedicate considerable time to the intersection of leadership and cross-cultural competence.
In this blended learning program, participants will work to develop competencies in the settings in which they currently occupy leadership roles. At the same time, there will be substantial focus on significant real-world contexts, including the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This will ensure that the complex work of the program is both relevant to participants' present lives and forward looking.
- 7-month blended-learning program in two phases, academic year and summer, for 3-4 person student-teacher teams from 8-10 schools (year 1)
- Academic year: three 8-week terms with teamwork both online and locally; 2-3 hours/week
- Summer: 2-week capstone team project; July 2018 location TBD
- Initial mentor training: July 2017, WLSA Conference
- Learning channels: online lectures, readings, group discussions, journaling, home-school and networked mentor support, local team projects, online/multinational team projects
- For students: improved self-knowledge and experience with development coach, leadership competencies, cultural competence, networking skills, global network of fellow student leaders, real-world knowledge of UN’s SDGs, Personal Development Plan (PDP) for on-going work
- For teacher mentors: professional development as trainer-mentors, global network of colleagues with shared and complementary knowledge and interests, integrated knowledge of UN’s SDGs and the teaching of these goals, improved self-knowledge, PDP in context of leadership development
- For WLSA member institutions: peer trainers (students and teachers) capable of developing next-generation leadership training modules, enriched program and institutional culture, connections to other institutions with shared interests
- Relatively small overall program (ca. 24 students from 8-10 schools, each with a teacher-mentor able to attend 2017 WLSA conference with mentor training)
- Priority to students in established leadership roles who will be returning to their home school for at least one year at the conclusion of the program
Due to the length and dedication of this course, Mentors are offered travel reimbursement for the initial training in July 2017 at the WLSA Conference in Shanghai and the two-week capstone project in Summer 2018. Lodging and food stipend is also provided for all course staff. Workload compensation during the academic-year portion of the programme is to be worked out with home institutions