World Leadership School

We partner with K-12 schools to make the shift to 21st century learning.

Boulder, Colorado

United States

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About World Leadership School

The mission of World Leadership School is to empower young leaders to find innovative solutions to the world’s pressing problems. This is accomplished by partnering with K-12 schools to make the shift to 21st century learning. World Leadership School helps their schools create student-centered learning environments where students learn to think critically, communicate across cultures, collaborate and find creative solutions to problems. In the process, young leaders find their voices.

World Leadership School takes small steps when partnering with a new school, whether it’s a single global program or the opportunity to coach a teacher. Over time, they build a working relationship with their school partners and, where possible, work on different levels of the school at once in order to accelerate change. World Leadership School immerses students in life-changing learning and leadership experiences; they train and coach teachers on new approaches to teaching, such as Project-Based Learning; and work with administrator teams on risk management, strategic planning, and the design of capstone projects, global diplomas and other programs. They call this their “whole school” approach.

At the center of their process is the belief that teachers must be the owners and agents of change and innovation. World Leadership School believes that teachers need to grow themselves before they can grow their practice, and that transformed teachers will transform their classrooms. They measure our impact by what happens in the classroom, and by the student leaders who graduate each year from their partner schools.

Globalization and technology are causing schools around the world to re-design their learning environments. The ever-growing access to Internet allows students worldwide to access huge amounts of information. But the pace and complexity of global change makes it difficult to know what information students will actually need to succeed in the future. Because of these new realities, schools are making the shift away from content and toward skills. Increasingly, schools are asking this key question: along with our core content, what skills and aptitudes will our students need to thrive in the future? World Leadership School endorses the following list from the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21), a coalition of corporations, educational leaders and policymakers.

  • 4C's - Critical Thinking, Communication, Collaboration and Creativity
  • Life and Career Skills - Leadership, Grit, Adaptability, Agency
  • Information, Media, and Technology Skills

This shift toward skills requires new learning environments. In the past, students sat in rows and the teacher taught from the front of the class. Increasingly, students are working in self-directed teams and the teacher moves about in a new role as a learning coach. In the past, learning was teacher-directed, focused on content, and was assessed by standardized exams. In the future, learning will be student-centered, focused on skills, and evaluated by a new generation of performance rubrics, portfolios, real-world challenges and new-generation exams such as the College Work Readiness Assessment (CWRA).

If the problems are advancing at for-profit speed, so must the solutions! We must get market forces behind the solutions and, most importantly, ensure that corporate mandates are properly aligned with those of the globe. We fully support B Corp's mission of a sustainable, market-driven future.

The Change We Seek®

Here is how World Leadership School partners with K-12 schools to help make the shift to 21st century learning.

  • For students, our Collaborative Leadership Programs offer life-changing experiences where students learn about global issues and leadership. In these 10-21 day programs, students from different cultures learn and work together at a rural partner school in Africa, Asia, Latin America or the U.S.
  • For teachers, our Professional Development services offer new perspectives on teaching. These include life-changing Faculty Travel Programs, In-Service Workshops and the Virtual Teacher Institute (VTI), where teachers receive yearlong, one-on-one coaching. The VTI helps teachers shift mindsets as they tackle new projects such as designing and teaching a new capstone course or implementing Project-Based Learning units. These projects become showcases to help accelerate change at the school.
  • For administrators, we offer Consulting on strategic planning, curriculum design and risk management. We support administrative teams as they design global diploma programs, leadership programs, school-wide events, and capstone projects that integrate global collaboration and discovery. We also help schools train their program leaders and understand how to manage the risks of off-campus programs.

What makes us a better company?

B Impact Report

Certified since: 

August 2007
Summary:

Company Score

Median Score*

Environment

Environment

The Environment section of the Assessment evaluates a company's environmental performance through its facilities; materials, resource, and energy use; and emissions. Where applicable, it also considers a company's transportation/distribution channels and environmental impact of its supply chain. This section also measures whether a company's products or services are designed to solve an environmental issue, including products that aid in the provision of renewable energy, conserve resources, reduce waste, promote land/wildlife conservation, prevent toxic/hazardous substance or pollution, or educate, measure, or consult to solve environmental problems.

10
7
Workers

Workers

The Worker section of the survey assesses the company's relationship with its workforce. This section measures how the company treats its workers through compensation, benefits, training, and ownership opportunities provided to workers. It also focuses on the overall work environment within the company through management/worker communication, job flexibility and corporate culture, and worker health and safety practices.

25
18
Customers

Customers

The Customers section of the Assessment measures the impact a company has on its customers. The section focuses on whether a company sells products or services that promote public benefit, and if those products/services are targeted towards serving underserved populations. Questions in this section will measure whether a company's product or service is designed to solve a social or environmental issue (e.g. improves health, preserves environment or creates economic opportunity to individuals or communities, promotes the arts/sciences, or increases the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises).

23
N/A
Community

Community

The Community section of the survey assesses a company's impact on its community. The Community section evaluates a company's supplier relations, diversity, and involvement in the local community. The section also measures the company's practices and policies around community service and charitable giving. In addition, this section includes if a company's product or service is designed to solve a social issue, including access to basic services, health, education, economic opportunity, arts, and increasing the flow of capital to purpose-driven enterprises.

18
17
Governance

Governance

The Governance section of the Assessment evaluates a company's accountability and transparency. The section focuses on the company's mission, stakeholder engagement, and overall transparency of the company's practices and policies.

7
6
Overall B Score
83
55

80 out of 200 is eligible for certification

*Of all businesses that have completed the B Impact Assessment

*Median scores will not add up to overall

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Company Highlights: 

Environment: >75% of office supplies come from recycled materials; Written environmental policy; Policy to minimize travel; Policy to increase energy efficiency

Employees: >50% of individual/family health insurance premiums covered; 3 weeks vacation

Community: >20% of expenditures directed toward local suppliers; Local purchasing policy

Consumers: 100% of services target women, minorities, and low-income households

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