During the first week of school, with apple tree branches filled with apples, 8th graders set to work harvesting. The class then donated the majority of our apple harvest to a local food bank in Littleton that serves 350 individuals in our community weekly. Read on for more about the important work our students are doing as leaders in the community.
Character and Leadership Development
Every single person must, at the very least, learn how to lead themselves. Our aim is to center our instruction for both children and adults alike, growing self sufficiency, self management, self discipline, and self efficacy. Upon achievement of a higher sense of self mastery, we can then focus outward, contributing our leadership in a way that creates capacity for others. Rooted in universal principles dating back to the earliest of thinkers, Future Holders (previously Aspen Youth Leadership Institute) content proves relevant to participants of every age and walk of life. Providing a comprehensive and sequenced daily curriculum, Future Holders embodies an innovative vision that challenges the constraints of traditional education, preparing students to change the world.
Future Holders has first of its kind, and the only Pre-K through 8th grade school-based program in the nation that is explicitly devoted to the development of emotional and social intelligence as well as community and civic leadership. Daily leadership classes focus on the development of concepts and skills in the following categories:
- Personal Effectiveness
- Intra and Interpersonal Awareness
Through a 30-minute daily leadership class, students complete Future Holders curriculum coursework in the following areas:
Character & Leadership Development
- Personal Values, Worth, & Potential
- Managing Mindset
- Effective Goal Setting
- Positive Influence in Community
Social Emotional Learning
- Emotional Recognition
- Stress Management & Resilience
- Positive Relationship Building
- Responsible Decision Making
- Understand Cultural Identity
- Recognize & Celebrate Differences
- Equity & Inclusion
- Respectful Discourse
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Teaching Leadership to 4-Year Olds
Studies show the increasing need for leadership of self to begin at even earlier ages to foster resilience and positive and productive approaches to the world. Learn strategies for supporting your child!
Building Resilient Teens: How Focus on Character & Leadership Development Supports Students and Brings Out Their Best
Tweens and Teens suffer from increasing depression and anxiety. Learn productive ways to respond to your child and foster resilience as a positive and productive response to challenges.
Values Aligned: Creating Your Day to Day Life to Reflect What You Value
With constant demands on our time, we often overlook our values and prioritize on the urgent vs. the important. Learn how strategies to create space for more of your values in your daily life.
Power of Optimism and Positivity in Your Home or Workplace
Maintaining a positive outlook can add years to your life. Learn about research in positive psychology and it’s impact on our day-to-day approach to living longer and with more optimism.
Students at Aspen Academy continue learning and fueling the future with new ventures despite the pandemic. After making it through two rounds of “shark tanks,” pitching their businesses to successful entrepreneurs, six Eighth Grade students were selected for the final round of pitching on Friday, May 7th.
Every 8th grader at Aspen Academy starts their own business. Yes, you read that correctly. Every year, eager 14-year-olds take on a task that many adults have not even done. The hard work they put in, their business ideas and pitches are quite remarkable, but are nothing compared to the skills they walk away with. Learn more in this blog from Jennifer Gravlee!
For Earth Day 2021, fifth grade students cultivated a list of important was for us each to "make the world better" and be good stewards of our environment for their work in Leadership. Check out their tips in this blog!
As part of their service learning project, 6th Grade students collected donations to support in the cause of homelessness. Learn more in this remarkable "thank you" letter from Jack C.