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Joining the Revolution

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

On the days, weeks and months leading to this Election Day, much thought, debate and discussion formed around the definition of a leader. And while we will leave our political leanings behind for this story, we know there are many types of leadership.

That’s why Breck School has partnered as one of 19 schools across the country in the Quiet Schools Network, a part of the Quiet Revolution.

The Quiet Schools Network brings inclusive teaching and learning methods into classrooms to leverage the leadership strengths of introverts and extroverts.

Developed by Susan Cain, author of the New York Times Best-selling book Quiet, the program aims to train Quiet Ambassadors at member schools where they can then, in-turn, train other faculty.

Last summer, Kim Peeples, director of the Melrose Family Center for Servant Leadership, and Marie Murphy, Lower School teacher, attended the first training for member schools.

“Marie and I have been charged with making this live and work within our environment,” says Peeples. “We will be looking at the power of the introvert, the extrovert and the ambiverts, and how those different modalities live in our students. We will look at how it effects their engagement in class, their ability to participate and the kind of assessments we give.”

The program is part of both the Melrose Family Center for Servant Leadership and the Peter Clark Center for Teaching & Learning. Its goal is to serve all students, strengthening their leadership skills no matter what their personality.

“When you think about leadership, it isn’t just about that person who is out front, the person with the loudest voice, who is charismatic or boastful,” Peeples adds. “A leader is someone who sees a need and wants to address it, whether it’s being out front or in the shadows.”

The program aims to give tools and training to teachers to enable those quiet leaders in the student population to be comfortable with their identity and personality.

“We want to say, ‘You are seen and you’re seen for the way that you show up,’ ” says Peeples. “We want to give them resources and tools that we can provide as an institution to help students be seen, not just as they adopt leadership roles but also in their classrooms, among their peers and then be honored for what they contribute.”

Faculty trainings will be held after the New Year with opportunities for parent meetings and updates as well. Because of the infancy of the national program, there is still much work to be done but look for more information coming soon and how you can get involved. 

This program was funded by the EEFord Foundation grant.

To learn more about the Quiet Revolution, visit their website here. If you'd like to read the Quiet book, it is currently available in the Upper School library.