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The goal of the 2019 Student Leadership Strand is to build our student leaders' capacity to activate their voices and increase their agency in order to lead change for increasing equity, safety and opportunity for all students in their schools and communities. Throughout the two-day Strand, student leaders will collaborate with facilitation from peers to increase their individual leadership skills through examination and discussion on the power of agency and they will develop strategies and action plans to initiate positive cultural change in their schools and communities. 

During the Strand, students will develop competencies in:

  • collaboration and communication
  • empathy building
  • activation of student voice and agency
  • action planning
  • leadership for change

The desired outcomes are that Colorado student leaders begin to adopt the beliefs and practices embraced by leading problem solvers and innovators the world over. Student leaders will prototype solutions to real and relevant problems facing schools and communities and develop strategies to take action for change. 


Member Pricing: Thursday Leadership Training - $120, Student Strand Friday and Saturday - $305
Non-member Pricing: Thursday Leadership Training - $145, Student Strand Friday and Saturday - $355

Pre-Conference: Thursday, December 5 from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

During an interactive pre-conference work-session, student leaders will identify, evaluate and practice the key elements of leadership. They will practice facilitation skills for team building and leading small groups of students through problem identification and action planning. Student leaders participating in this session will lead teams throughout the Strand and have priority for selection for the Student Dialogue during the Saturday General Session.
The pre-conference is an added cost and is limited to 40 students.

Strand Conference: Friday, December 6 from 7 a.m. - 5 p.m.

7:00 – 8:00 a.m.                Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall 

8:00 a.m.  – 9:45 a.m.       Introducing the Student Facilitators & Setting the Challenge
This introductory session sets the stage for a weekend of student leadership collaboration and networking across Colorado. After introductions and community-building, students will learn about the work across Colorado to activate youth voices to close education equity gaps and increase positive and inclusive cultures in their schools and communities.
Students will be asked to identify the elements of school cultures and community environments such as, curriculum, community partnerships, counseling and mental health services, athletics, etc., that create persistent gaps in achievement and opportunity between groups of students. Teams will set aspirations for positive and inclusive environments for their schools and communities to support all students. Students will identify the agency and voice that are necessary to lead to attainment of this aspiration. Finally, students as individuals or school teams will define a specific challenge and the strategies to activate a process and next steps to create change. 

10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.        First General Session - Keynote speaker: Kai Kight

Kai Kight is an innovative violinist, composer and speaker who has inspired thousands to reach their own creative potential. With a diverse background, Kai holds an engineering degree from Stanford University's design school and as a violinist has performed in venues including the White House and the Great Wall of China.

Kai brilliantly uses music as a metaphor to empower people at many of the world's leading organizations from the Walt Disney Company to PricewaterhouseCoopers to the Super Bowl wining Seattle Seahawks of the NFL.

12:30 - 1:00 p.m.                   Luncheon and Discussion with Kai Kight

1:15 - 3:00 p.m.                     Designing the Change

In this student-led and facilitated session, student leaders will be split into inter-district design teams to bring a variety of perspectives and approaches to solve relevant and meaningful challenges in Colorado's school systems. Specific tools and strategies will be praticed by student leaders that will support them as problem solvers, collaborators and leaders of change initiatives. 

3:00 - 3:30 p.m.                     Discussion of Current Student-led Change with Feedback from Expert Consultants

3:30 - 4:00 p.m.                     Planning to Launch the Change

District teams orient themselves to the prototypes developed to solve the challenge during the design phase, and students will plan to develop and pitch a plan to implement the "minimum viable product" of the prototype in their local context before the end of the year. 

4:00 - 4:45 p.m.                    Iteration and Presentation Planning

Students will use this time to plan live and over collaboration technology to push their prototype as far as possible before returning to the final session of the Student Leadership Strand. 

4:45 - 5:00 p.m.                    Feedback, Questions and Planning for Effective Meetings with School Boards

5:00 - 5:30 p.m.                    Student Dialogue Meeting

Six students that have been selected for Saturday's Student Dialogue, will meet with Mary Rubadeau and Rosalind Wiseman.

Saturday, December 9 from 7 a.m. - 3 p.m.

7:00 - 8:15 a.m.                    Continental Breakfast in Exhibit Hall

More details to come!