Leadership Is a Life Skill
“When it comes to leadership,” writes Mariam MacGregor in Leadership Is a Life Skill, “everyone has the potential to ‘go pro.’” This month, Free Spirit wants to help you and your students grow your leadership skills. From building self-awareness to engaging with and encouraging others to improving problem-solving and decision-making skills, leadership is something everyone can achieve.

In this month’s excerpts, we share expert advice from three of our leadership titles. You’ll find:
  • information on building a leadership class
  • a lesson to help teens learn about their strengths and limitations
  • a fun tool to help you lead conversations with students

Below we’re also shining a spotlight on Tell Me More In a Jar ®. Leave teeth-pulling to the dentist and encourage more meaningful conversations with these out-of-the-ordinary prompts and questions.

Also included below is the Group Leader EQ Survey, a free download from Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students by Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., and Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D. This survey helps you build awareness of your own strengths and challenges as you prepare to lead lessons on emotional intelligence.
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Get 30% off plus free shipping on all character education and student leadership materials,* plus other books mentioned in this month’s issue of Upbeat News. Sale ends February 29, 2020. Use code FEB30 at checkout.

*Excludes already discounted sets, clearance items, and eBooks.
New Release Spotlight
Tell Me More In a Jar has 101 questions to get kids thinking and talking about social and emotional learning. Instead of asking yes-or-no questions that stop conversation in its tracks, use these thoughtful, out-of-the-ordinary questions for more compelling and meaningful conversation around the dinner table, in the car, or in the classroom.

Tips & Tools from the Free Spirit Blog
Mariam G. MacGregor, M.S., author of Leadership Is a Life Skill, shares interesting, engaging, and workplace-relevant lessons that teach math, science, English, and social studies while building leadership and SEL skills. Read now.
Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., coauthor of Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students, suggests questions to ask students that can build and strengthen relationships all school year long.  Read now.
Educational grants available for your school or community:

The Brabson Library and Educational Foundation, Inc. makes grants in the areas of literacy, education, science, and operating reference libraries. The foundation supports bold and innovative ideas that may have long-term impact in education and the arts. Previous grants were used to fund science exhibits for toddlers, children’s music programs, books for bilingual education, professional development programs for teachers, and school programming.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Prize: Awards vary
Application Deadline: March 15, 2020

The general purpose of the Samuel Rubin Foundation is to carry on the vision of its founder, Samuel Rubin, whose life was dedicated to the pursuit of peace and justice. The objective is to achieve this purpose through the fullest implementation of social, economic, political, civil, and cultural rights for all the world’s people. Past grantees include nonprofit organizations, schools, and colleges.

Eligibility: Public, Private, Charter, Other (including homeschool, 501 (c)(3) organizations)
Prize: $5,000
Application Deadline: April 20, 2020
Recent Review
Leadership Is a Life Skill provides characteristics of leadership cultures, offers an understanding of what soft skills employers are looking for in their hires, and shares how to create effective leaders in our students. Skills such as self-awareness, working with others, communicating and listening, decision-making, and problem-solving, when taught to students as young as elementary school, will only enhance their abilities by the time they go to college and prepare for their future careers. 

As MacGregor so eloquently states, ‘Developing socially and emotionally mature leaders relies on encouraging young people to act with conviction, compassion, and resourcefulness to reach goals. These benchmarks are measured by students’ abilities to color outside the bubbles, not fill them in!’ As educators at all levels within preK–16, we all must take to task our responsibilities to prepare our future leaders.”— School Administrator magazine
Free Download

The Group Leader EQ Survey from Boost Emotional Intelligence in Students by Maurice J. Elias, Ph.D., and Steven E. Tobias, Psy.D., helps educators build awareness of their own strengths and challenges before leading lessons on emotional intelligence.

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“I want to be all I’m capable of becoming.”—Katherine Mansfield, from Quotes & Quotables In a Jar ® : 101 Proverbs and Quotes from Women Around the World