Class members gain an appreciation for the variety of issues facing today’s educators and the educational system and gain insight into how these issues impact our local education community (San Ramon Valley Unified School District). Members also have opportunities to observe student learning and school climate through classroom observations and shadowing the principal of a local school.
Day Chairs: Christopher George (lead), Kathy Chiverton, and Andy Li
During this session, participants acquire an understanding of the role communication plays in leadership including the ever-changing role of technology in communication and how the various types of new media influence public opinion.
Day Chairs: Vicki Harris, Newell Arnerich, and Sumita Bhandari
This class will explore the important role that the arts play in a healthy and vibrant community… a do-not-miss and fun class – Cultural Arts Day!
Day Chairs: Mitchell Hopson (lead), Sumita Bhandari, and Ann Lucena
The final class wraps up the program with leadership concepts that apply to both your professional and personal life. The Ring of Reciprocity will reinforce your connection to each other.
The graduation ceremony follows, next door at the Village Theater.
Day Chairs: Henry Perezalonso (lead), Kathy Chiverton, and Bill Clarkson
Thriving communities require the stewardship of broad-minded, well-informed, forward-thinking individuals acting in unity to promote the cumulative interests of a greater goal. Because leadership starts at the individual level, the “Foundations of Leadership” day kicks off the program with understanding each participant’s strengths identified using the Clifton StrengthFinder assessment and the tenets of strengths-based leadership. Intermixed throughout the day are opportunities for developing relationships with other program participants and building the foundations for a strong sense of team and group identity.
Day Chairs: Kathy Chiverton, (Lead), Bill Clarkson, Mitchell Hopson, Henry Perezalonso
The retreat is an opportunity for class members to get to know one another on a more personal level and beyond the traditional boundaries of communication. Team building exercises focus on fundamental team development skills, empowerment, and the creation of synergy and trust among the class participants.
Participants should wear comfortable clothing and shoes.
Day Chairs: Randall Diamond (lead), Christopher George, Andy Li, Henry Perezalonso
The goal of this session is to explore some of the issues facing families, children and the elderly in the San Ramon Valley. Through the fieldwork and class discussions, the program participants will discover what resources are available to address these issues, as well as identify how to access these resources. It is also a day in which volunteer opportunities with non-profit human services providers are discussed.
Day Chairs: Ann Lucena (lead), David Behring, Sumita Bhandari, Kathy Chiverton, and Paige Meyer
This session presents an overview of local government and its relationship to other governmental bodies. Students receive first-hand experience in civic leadership by campaigning and running for public office in a mock city council election. Opportunities are provided throughout the day to interact with current and former public office holders as well as public service administrators. One of the goals of the program, and this session, in particular, is to familiarize the class with methods of effecting change through the governmental process. The class also elects its class council members, mayor and vice mayor during this class.
Day Chairs: Newell Arnerich, Kathy Chiverton, Robert Combs, Andy Li
Day Chairs: Robert Combs (lead), Lauren Barr, and Vicki Harris