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Written by M. McNeil   
Monday, 04 February 2013 15:15
The “Leadership Squad” is back at Edison Junior High and its teaching other Rock Island middle school students how to be leaders…

(Rock Island, IL)  It began last fall when Diane Baker, with the University of Illinois Extension Service, taught a core group of students leadership and problem solving skills.  Now the group is back and they are going teach 25  new students what it takes to be a leaders—students teaching students.  Edison’s “Leadership Squad” is part of the 21st Century Lights ON For Learning federal grant.

The students will become teachers for the next four Mondays from 2:45 - 4:30 pm.  Baker works with the “teen teachers” to plan a sequential leadership development curriculum.  Participants learn more about their own leadership styles, develop their communication skills, and are challenged to a variety of teambuilding experiences.  The program taps into each individual’s leadership potential. “The Leadership Squad helps students realize that they can be leaders through group interaction and gives them the confidence to express themselves in a positive manner to their peers.”

***The media is invited to see the Leadership Squad in action on Monday, February 4th between 3:00 pm and 4:00 p.m. in room 103 at Edison Junior High in Rock Island (4141 9th Street).   The students, teachers and site coordinator will be available for interviews.
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