gcLi Quarterly brings the best practices and most pressing research pertinent to the pedagogy of leadership to teachers and administrators. We believe that leadership can–and must–be taught every day to students in schools.

Calvert School Leadership Initiatives

Introducing gcLi Quarterly

Ted Fish, PhD, Executive Director, Gardner Carney Leadership Institute

Welcome to the first installment of gcLi Quarterly. The story of how this arose is a reflection of its vision. Jay Parker LL ’11 initiated the idea when he told me about some of the exciting leadership initiatives he was building at Calvert School and with the Association of Independent Schools of Maryland (AIMS) community. One of these was the creation of a newsletter. “A newsletter?” I said. “I’ve been thinking it was time to expand ours.”...

nurtuting quiet leaders

Nurturing Quiet Leaders

Heidi Kasevich, PhD, gcLi Scholar ‘15, Director of Quiet Education, Quiet Revolution

Surrounded as we are by alpha, bold, and gregarious leaders, it is all too easy to impose a one-size-fits-all ideal on today’s students. Yet we risk alienating half of our student body—and possibly losing out on enormous benefits to social good—if we embrace a narrow view of what it means to be a successful leader in our schools. Temperament-inclusive leadership education begins with a broad definition of leadership itself. Presence, passion, and compassion form...

Future female leaders

Raise Your Hand High: Shaping Future Female Leaders

Kelsey Twist Schroeder, gcLi Faculty & EdD Candidate University of Pennsylvania

“Who in this room considers herself a leader?” This was the question my fifth grade teacher posed to the class in our first week of school over twenty years ago. I was a new student in an all-girls school, and as I raised my hand, I glanced around the room to see that every other girl’s hand reached toward the ceiling as well. Sitting in a sea of outstretched arms, I recognized that not only...

leadership program

AISNE Workshop: The Art & Practice of Teaching Leadership

Mr. Chris Howes, gcLi Scholar ‘12, Dean of Student Life, Cushing Academy

Learning to Lead: The Art and Practice of Teaching Leadership was a workshop put on by a group of gcLi alumni in January 2017 through the Association of Independent Schools of New England (AISNE). Although some had never met, what united the eight organizers was their shared experience at gcLi and their passion for developing cultures of student leadership. The group consisted of Chris Howes, Meg Stowe, Jess Matzkin, Danielle Llewelyn, Kate Wade, Laura...

BARC student leadership

Bees for BARCS: Building a Culture of Student Leadership

Jay Parker, gcLi Quarterly Executive Editor and gcLi Scholar ‘17 Director of Student Life, Calvert School

At the Gardner Carney Leadership Institute, we often discuss creating a “culture of student leadership,” but what does this actually look like? At the foundation lies a group of teachers and administrators who care deeply about student growth. They not only share a common purpose in empowering young people but recognize that the process is as important as the goal. Failure is acceptable—and often essential—in the learning experience. It is...

power of habit

gcLibrary – Benedict Carey’s How We Learn

Mia Franz, English Teacher, Tampa Preparatory School

In his new work, How We Learn: The Surprising Truth About When, Where, and Why It Happens, Benedict Carey, a New York Times science reporter, makes a strong case for reconsidering all of the things we thought we knew about how to study, learn, and retain information most effectively and productively. Striving to make complex scientific and psychological ideas accessible to the casual reader, Carey succeeds in laying out his case and backing it up with specific research and...