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1 Developing Leaders Through Service An Idealist’s Journey Experiential Session Dr. Max Klau Director of Leadership Development, City Year 2011 Symposium on Inclusion and Service Friday, December 9 th 2011

2 Goals 1)Understand the Flame of Idealism 2)Understand the Purpose of the Idealist’s Journey Leadership Development Curriculum 3)Experience an IJ Reflection Exercise 4)Experience the Presentation Development Process By the end of this session, you will :

3 Warm-Up Reflection Question: How is your presence here at this session connected to your life’s purpose?

4 “Give a Year. Change the World.” Change the Inner World Leadership Development Change the Outer World Service

5 Changing the Outer World: Addressing the Nation’s Dropout Crisis Every 26 seconds A student drops out of school "When more than 1 million students a year drop out of high school, it's more than a problem, it's a catastrophe." - Gen. Colin Powell (Ret), Founding Chair, America’s Promise Alliance Young people of color are most affected –Nearly half of all African-American and Native-American students will not graduate with their class; less than six in 10 Hispanic students will. Dropouts are less likely to be productive members of society –High School dropouts are three times more likely than college graduates to be unemployed and eight times more likely to be in jail or prison than high school graduates. –Over a lifetime, individuals with a high school diploma earn two times that of a high school drop out. The economic impact to society is high –The more than 12 million students projected to drop out over the next decade will cost the nation about three trillion dollars.

6 The Crisis is Solvable Source: Robert Balfanz and Liza Herzog, Center for Social Organization of Schools at Johns Hopkins University. “Unfilled Promise: The Dimensions and Characteristics of Philadelphia’s Dropout Crisis, ,” Ruth Curran Neild, Ph.D and Robert Balfanz, Ph.D Fact: A relatively small number of corps members deployed strategically could make a disproportionate impact on the problem. The Problem is Concentrated Likely Dropouts Can be Identified There are three off-track indicators that can identify likely dropouts as early as 6 th grade: Poor Attendance, Disruptive Behavior, Course Failure in Math/English 50% of the country’s dropouts come from only 12% of the high schools

7 WSWC Prototype Sites: Decreasing the presence of off-track indicators Half of students who were identified as being off-track at the beginning of the school year improved in that indicator 4500 additional instructional hours were gained through reduced suspensions. 52% Reduction 45% Reduction 80% Reduction 83% Reduction C ourse Performance B ehavior A ttendance # of Off-Track Students # of Students with less than 80% Attendance # of Students with 3 or more negative behavior marks # of Students receiving an F in Math or English Literacy Math June 2008June 2009 Source: Philadelphia Education Fund Pilot Data on Attendance, Suspension and Math/Reading (Feltonville School of Arts and Sciences)

8 Beyond Both/And City Year has always been focused on BOTH Service AND Leadership Development; We have recently achieved a breakthrough understanding of how these two dimensions of City Year work together… Service Leadership Development

9 The Flame of Idealism DO: Civic Action Whole School, Whole Child Heroes Civic Engagement KNOW: Civic Capacity Training Coaching Self-Directed Learning Performance Management BE: Civic Identity The Idealist’s Journey (Personal and Small Group Reflection) Culture Uniforms, PITWs, Founding Stories, Team-Based, & More! Values Service to a Cause Greater than Self; Students First, Collaboration Always; Belief in the Power of Young People; Social Justice for All; Level Five Leadership; Empathy; Inclusivity; Ubuntu; Teamwork; Excellence Together, these promote Idealism & Big Citizenship!

10 Civic ActionService Civic CapacityTraining/ Coaching Self-Directed Learning Performance Management Civic IdentityThe Idealist’s Journey Idealism & Big Citizenship Culture: Uniforms, PITWs, Founding Stories, Team-Based, & more! Values: Service to a Cause Greater than Self; Students First, Collaboration Always; Belief in the Power of Young People; Social Justice for All; Level Five Leadership; Empathy; Inclusivity; Ubuntu; Teamwork; Excellence The Flame of Idealism

11 Clarity + Integration = Power Service Whole School, Whole Child Leadership Development The Flame of Idealism

12 What is the Idealist’s Journey The IJ is our deliberate, intentional effort to develop your Civic Identity. It provides regular opportunities for you to engage in two types of reflection: Personal: What is your purpose? What does your City Year mean to you? Practice: What challenges do you face in your service? How can you learn from those challenges?

13 The Power of the Journey The Journey invites us to view our year of service as a mythic, heroic journey of personal transformation. It illuminates the inner work of this civic rite of passage. It has three stages:

14 Departure Road of Trials Return Return Stages of the Idealist’s Journey

15 The Inner Work of Leadership Development: Crafting a Personal Leadership Mission Statement

16 Mission Statement Guidelines Personal Leadership Mission Statement It should begin with the phrase, “As a leader, I….” In its final form, it should be no more than 1-3 sentences long It should represent a vision that you could not possible complete or achieve; this is a mission you will always be working towards, but never arriving at Similarly, it should not include specific tasks, or quantifiable goals (“As a leader I teach three classes a day”). Finally, your mission statement should be larger than your involvement with City Year. We invite you to connect with a sense of purpose that goes beyond the particular professional role you will play this year.

17 Debrief How does it feel to write your own Personal Leadership Mission Statement?

18 The Presentation Development Process:

19 The Challenge You service experience is incredibly complex: Kids Peers StaffTeachers Policies Personal History Friends Family Content Knowledge !?! Within that complexity, what question or challenge gives you the greatest leverage to have an impact?

20 IJ Critical Reflection Cycle Aligning Beliefs and Actions Powerful Presenting Active Listening Critical Thinking Selecting Key Leadership Lessons Problem Finding Prior to IJ Session During IJ Session After IJ Session

21 The PDP A deliberate, structured process intended to help you find the right problems amidst the noise and complexity of your service experience.

22 Process Background This process is based on 20 years of action research conducted by an organization called The Right Question Project! It’s a proven method for empowering citizens to find their own voice and advocate for themselves!

23 The Context At each IJ Session, a corps member will present a question or challenge to their IJ group. Each Presenter is therefore faced with an important question:

24 What is the Right Presentation for me to bring to my group?

25 Why it Matters for the Presenter The right presentation can generate insights and support that improve your service and develop you as a leader. The wrong presentation will fail on both fronts.

26 Why it Matters for the IJ Group The right presentation will keep the group engaged, energized, and focused. The wrong presentation will leave the group bored, disengaged, or confused. The quality of the group learning hinges on the quality of the presentation!

27 Qualities of a Good Presentation Clear Concise Compelling A good presentation is:

28 The Presentation Development Process The five steps are as follows: 1)Create a Trigger Statement 2)Brainstorm Related Questions 3)Improve the Questions 4)Pick the Best Question 5)Craft the Presentation

29 Step 1: Trigger Statement A trigger statement is a simple, declarative sentence (NOT a question) that captures the essence of an issue that is compelling to the corps member and needs to be explored. Here are some examples: “A CM on my team is disengaged.” “CMs at Smith Elementary feel disrespected by teachers.” “Our last parent engagement night was huge success.” “National service is not yet a civic right of passage.”

30 More About Triggers Triggers can be: -Directly related to service “Only 10 kids showed up for afterschool” -Abstract and conceptual “Too many people are cynical” -A Current Event “My district’s budget was just cut” -Positive instead of negative “My students all made amazing progress last semester.”

31 More About Triggers A good trigger will “get you in the gut”. If it doesn’t, you don’t really care about the issue, and the discussion will mirror your own disengagement with the issue you present.

32 Step 2: Brainstorm For four minutes, brainstorm as many questions related to the trigger as possible! The rules for this section are as follows: -Ask as many questions as you can in the time allotted. -Do not stop to answer or discuss any questions. -This can be done alone or with others. -As a general rule, you should generate at least 10 questions.

33 Step 3: Improve the Questions -If you’ve created any statements, change them into questions. -Change any close-ended (“yes or no”) questions to open- ended questions. Here’s an example of how to improve a question: -Is Amanda happy with the quality of service on her team? becomes -How does Amanda feel about the quality of service on her team?

34 Step 4: Pick the Best Question Start by selecting the three most personally compelling questions from the list From those three, pick the one question that most clearly gets you in the gut. This will be the question that you use for your presentation!

35 Step 5: Craft the Presentation Create a brief (2-4 sentence), powerful introduction for the presentation. Make it clear, concise, and compelling! Start with your trigger statement followed by your best question; then decide if you need another sentence or two to provide a bit more context.

36 Crafting the Presentation (cont) Here are some examples: “John, a CM on my team, is disengaged and not delivering powerful service. My challenge is that I don’t understand why he feels disengaged. How do I address that challenge?” “Obama just signed the Serve America Act. How will that affect national service in general, and City Year in particular?” “Is City Year a service program or a leadership development program?”

37 PRACTICE SESSION The five steps are as follows: 1)Create a Trigger Statement 2)Brainstorm Related Questions 3)Improve the Questions 4)Pick the Best Question 5)Craft the Presentation

38 You must be the change you wish to see in the world. - Gandhi


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