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Erica Valencia (teacher at Saint Timothy Scool) coaches a team leader in a Lead1st activity called “Tasks.”  The objective is for the leader to assign specific tasks to members, resulting in building
Erica Valencia (teacher at Saint Timothy Scool) coaches a team leader in a Lead1st activity called “Tasks.” The objective is for the leader to assign specific tasks to members, resulting in building
Sobondo Josiah (Mom/Coach), Laurie Vroom (Teacher/Trainer) and Erica Valencia (Teacher/Coach) with a group of 6-8 year olds, who use the Lead1st training curriculum
Sobondo Josiah (Mom/Coach), Laurie Vroom (Teacher/Trainer) and Erica Valencia (Teacher/Coach) with a group of 6-8 year olds, who use the Lead1st training curriculum
Sobondo Josiah (Mom/Coach), Laurie Vroom (Teacher/Trainer) and Erica Valencia (Teacher/Coach) with a group of 6-8 year olds, who use the Lead1st training curriculum
Sobondo Josiah (Mom/Coach), Laurie Vroom (Teacher/Trainer) and Erica Valencia (Teacher/Coach) with a group of 6-8 year olds, who use the Lead1st training curriculum

KidLead Announces First Executive Caliber Leadership Training Curricula for Ages 2 – 9

SAN JOSE, CA (June 26, 2013) /PRNewswire/ — A press conference was held on Wednesday, June 26, at 11:00 a.m. at Saint Timothy School located at 5100 Camden Avenue in San Jose, California, to release the world’s first executive caliber, leadership training curricula for 2-9 year olds. Dr. Alan E. Nelson, EdD, Lecturer of Management at the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, CA, and Founder of KidLead has been working on the first-ever leadership program for preschoolers and early childhood students. This social innovation is designed to identify influencers while they’re still very moldable in character and skill, as well as to teach others on how to problem solve in teams and be led by peers. Dr. Nelson is considered a global expert in young leader development, but this work is a first, to start so young.

St. Tim’s Lutheran School in the Silicon Valley is a test site and design center for KiddieLead and Lead1st, as the program launches the first of four training modules that can be used by educators, parents, and social workers globally. The series of books and activities have been beta tested at other schools around the country, prior to release. St. Tim’s Principal, Gail Renken, enthusiastically endorses the program because of the positive changes she’s already seen among the kids. Teachers and parents also acknowledge the changes they’re seeing in classrooms and home.

In addition to the books and activities, KidLead is releasing the KiddieLead Social Influence Survey, an assessment to measure leadership aptitude among 2-5 year olds. This variation of the SIS (for 6-18 year olds) is based on Dr. Nelson’s realization that the very young exhibit slightly different social indicators than somewhat older children and teens. This assessment is free and available for adults to take on children, at the KidLead website, www.kidlead.com. KidLead Inc. is a non-profit organization, founded by Dr. Nelson.

Some of the interesting side effects of very young leader training include a reduction of bullying, a decrease in other negative social behaviors, along with an increase in problem solving skills and team work. The former effect is significant in that natural social influencers gain new skills and emerge as allies, creating a positive peer influence that polices disruptive behaviors inside and outside of the classroom.

In addition to the release of illustrated story books for preschoolers, a chapter book for 6-9 year olds, and Activity Training Manuals for both age groups, Nelson is releasing a book based on the last seven years of research globally, titled “How to Bring Out the Leader in Your Child.” All of the curricula are active learning and project based, designed to engage students in play-oriented experiences that focus on leadership and team building. For more info on this new material or to contact Dr. Nelson for an interview, call or e-mail Marci Bracco Cain at marci@chatterboxpublicrelations.com or (831) 747-7455. You can also access a media kit at the KidLead website: www.kidlead.com.

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