What are the goals of the program?
One of the main goals of the Ethical Leadership Project is to reach as many Masters students as possible in order to provide opportunities to learn about ethical leadership. Students have a chance to lead each and every day, whether in titled leadership positions, in the classroom, on the athletic fields, in the dorms, in performing groups, or through community service. By providing them with guidance and meaningful opportunities to practice leadership, we are confident that our students will gain valuable experience that they will carry forward to future endeavors. Additionally, through our work, we hope that every Masters graduate will be able to articulate and defend their answers to these six questions:
1. What is leadership?
2. Why should I lead?
3. How do I find meaning in my life?
4. What are the “goods” of a good life?
5. What are the virtues of a good leader?
6. Why should ethics be a part of leadership?
Is this program only for students who hold elective office?
The Ethical Leadership Project’s work is based on the understanding that all of us are called to be leaders in our lives, at different times and in different circumstances. As such, the work we do is intended to help all members of the community, not just titled leaders, grow in their understanding of themselves as leaders and to provide the skills necessary to effect positive change.
Are all grades involved in the Ethical Leadership Project?
The co-directors work with faculty and students at all levels. Some faculty members weave ethical leadership concepts into their classes, both in the middle school and upper school. In the upper school students are involved in all grades: ethical leadership is part of the curriculum in the 9th grade seminar class; in 10th and 11th grade, Ethical Leadership I is offered, while Ethical Leadership II is an option for seniors. The co-directors and additional faculty meet with students in small groups and one-on-one to accomplish specific goals. Faculty also participate in the ethical leadership conversation through shared readings and discussion, and professional development that takes place both on and off campus.
Has the Ethical Leadership Project sponsored any additional programs?
In the spring of 2015, the Ethical Leadership Project hosted the annual Developing Student Leaders conference for the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Education. This annual conference draws educators from around the country to share best practices and learn about current research findings.
Project Co-Directors Eileen Dieck, M.D. and Matt Kammrath also lead an annual Faculty Leadership Institute. During the three-day workshop, teachers collaborated on ideas that enable them to incorporate ethical leadership elements into their classes, and their work as advisors, coaches, and dorm parents.
Masters was the site the first ever statewide conference for Character and Ethical Leadership Educators in October, 2017. Hosted by Masters and NYSAIS, the program included program offerings by national experts and Masters faculty.
How do I learn more about the program?
Students can stop by the Rechtman Room (FC 123) to find out more about upcoming events. Parents and alumnae/i should feel free to contact co-director Lee Dieck (firstname.lastname@example.org) at any time.