Elementary Programs

Inspiring Students to Lead

The academic success of our graduating seniors can, in part, be attributed to the educational foundation established in elementary school. The Association of Washington Student Leaders (AWSL) believes that elementary school can also be the foundation for successful student leaders. Elementary programs are designed to create this foundation for students in kindergarten through 6th grade.

Each elementary program is designed around specific goals and objectives in five primary areas:

  • communication skills

  • group process

  • managerial skills

  • self-awareness

  • human relations skills

The Washington State Legislature set eight evaluation criteria for school principals. Of these eight criteria, elementary student leaders can have a direct and powerful influence on four: creating a culture, ensuring school safety, engaging communities and closing the gap. By providing students the tools and skills to address these areas, AWSL promotes building positive, working relationships between student leaders and school administrators.

Student Workshops   

We can come to you. Each elementary workshop and training is customized for your unique goals and school configuration. All of our programs start with a conversation with you. Together, we match our program offerings with what you hope to accomplish. The following workshops can be delivered on your school doorstep or incorporated into a retreat at the Cispus or Chewelah Peak Learning Centers.

  • School Climate: Creating a bully-free school where everyone belongs

  • All Play – Inclusive Recess Games: Play fair, play fun, everybody plays with everyone

  • Walk, Talk and Rock – Leadership workshop for elementary students: Learn to walk like a leader, talk like a leader, and rock! like a leader.

  • Leadership & Meeting Skills: Energize your student leaders for action!

Staff Training

Develop a cadre of leadership coaches and advisers. Learn how to effectively teach from the AWSL publication "Inspiring Student Leadership: A Guide for Elementary Schools." It is a proactive way to jump-start an elementary student leadership program.

Curriculum and Publications

Inspiring Students to Lead: A Resource Guide for Elementary Schools

In 2017, AWSL published a new and bulked-up edition of AWSL's elementary leadership curriculum, Inspiring Students to Lead. The 161 page curriculum now includes model lesson plans on critical leadership concepts, with 15 student handouts in both English and Spanish, three leadership workshop plans with facilitator script, and a manual on inclusive recess and table games. This curriculum is great for any elementary school wishing to build their culture and climate, or for high school leadership programs looking to reach out to the elementary level as an advanced leadership opportunity.

Visit our Publications page for information on ordering and a peek at the contents.

Equity and Diversity

AWSL has been a nationwide leader in bringing equity to the forefront of leadership for decades. As a continuation of that legacy AWSP has adopted an Equity and Diversity focus for it’s current Strategic Plan. In implementing that focus, AWSL has been pursuing several equity policies and programs to push ourselves to better represent all students in the state of Washington. To explore the work we’ve been doing on equity, diversity and access, please peruse our Equity Initiatives.