Karen Kettle is passionate about the power of student-led leadership programs. She was a founding member of the Eastdale Eagles Leadership Camp that has been running strongly for over 20 years. Karen was the staff advisor for the Port Perry Rebels Leadership Camp for a decade. As an advisor, Karen coached a camp committee of student leaders throughout the year to prepare for four days of intensive student-led leadership learning and fun. Approximately 130 PPHS students attend leadership camp each spring. Now in retirement, Karen has switched from the decision making team to the creative team and continues as a volunteer.
Throughout her career in education; Karen has been a teacher, a consultant, an international presenter, an author, and a course director for the York University Faculty of Education. She has recently completed the book, Engaging Youth Groups, with Spencer Kagan. Karen understands the dynamics of schools, the growing pains of starting new programs, and the potential of a student-led leadership camp to create positive change and caring school cultures. She was the recipient of the Bruce Mather Award for Excellence in Education from the Durham District School Board.
Workshop Description For “Student Leadership By Design”
This interactive workshop will take you inside the planning and implementation of a student-led Leadership Camp. Everyone is welcome. You may be a staff advisor or student leader who is involved in running a program or you may want to know where to begin. Prepare to have fun and learn from each other as we explore the rational and benefits of student-led programs as well as lots of practical ideas: themes, workshop starters, games, initiatives, timelines, schedules, resources, and much more. Student-led Leadership Camps are a great way to build leadership capacity at your school, foster a culture of caring, and create a leadership legacy!