The ASL Classroom & Competencies

ASL is 21st Century learning that connects classroom knowledge with real world experiences for students in grades 5 to graduation.

ASL provides a link and tools to support teachers and staff members as they invest in the leadership competency for the next generation of leaders at their campus.

ASLeaders set out on a new trajectory that transforms the way that they think, act and engage with the world around them.

How do Advanced Student Leaders gain the skills to lead?

What We Do

Leadership programs are varied and unique at each SWLSB school campus. Advanced Student Leadership provides a link to enhance the progression of learning for each program by supporting the teacher and staff member.

ASL is an opportunity for young people to grow as leaders progressively from elementary to junior high, to senior school, and return as alumni mentors.

ASLeaders receive training to lead teams that plan, prepare, and execute initiatives.

The ASL environment fosters critical thinking, creativity and collaboration.

Students set objectives and evaluate outcomes as they construct life-long habits that nurture success academically, socially, and personally.

ASL provides a foundation to 'do the amazing' while connecting classroom knowledge with real world experiences that make learning, make sense.

ASLeadership is transformative for young people as we move students from the role of spectator, to a participant, and into a stakeholder.

ASLeadership is challenging as we require that young people take calculated risks, work on authentic relationships, explore beyond their comfort zones, and develop a core value system that is true to themselves and honest with each other.

There are three fundamentals to the educational process that ASL focuses on:

Impart Knowledge (mind): Apply the tools learned in the classroom to real world experiences.

Inspire Passion (soul): Do the things that interest you, that you care about and apply it to serve a need. This is the path to purpose.

Effective transfer of responsibility from adult to emerging adult (body): Students become stakeholders who share varying degrees of responsibility for outcomes that are a part of a progression of learning. Moving from spectator, to a participant, and into a stakeholder.

Why does ASL matter to the next generation of students and leaders?

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ASLeaders progress from spectator, to participant, and into a stakeholder.

"Leadership, like swimming, cannot be learned by reading about it." - Henry Mintzberg

ASL Classroom Dynamic

The ASL classroom is a dynamic space that promotes essential learning and innovation skills. Each SWLSB school and campus has a unique leadership program. ASL provides a link to support growth and development.

Our goal is to offer opportunities that position students to be prepared to be successful in a complex life and work environment through the 21st century classroom by facilitating creativity, critical thinking, communication, and collaboration (Harkness Method) skills through experiential learning.

In the ASL classroom, students learn about leadership competencies in theory and in practical application. Emerging leaders begin to practice successful daily habits of CEOs, COOs, CFOs and authentic leaders as they begin to lead teams.

What is the ASL classroom?

ASL is a support to student leadership development. In elementary schools ASL supports and provides addition opportunities for students to go deeper in leadership through their green club, leadership teams, student council, playground leaders, etc.

In junior and senior school it is a support to leadership classes, teams, as well as ECA groups. The ASL classroom is a process that encourages students to engage, learn, try, risk, work through challenges and failure in order to ultimately establish habits for life-long success.

10% of a leader's work is see in the initiatives, events and activities. They are the evidence of the work that has been completed.


90% of a leader's work is dedicated to caring for people, planning, preparing, and evaluating.

In elementary and high school ASLeaders use their training sessions to draft and prepare SMARTE plans that help them to learn and pracitice busniess strategies. Students set goals that are achievable and evaluated as they focus on the who, what, where, when, how of any project, opportunity or idea.







ASLeaders begin to hone their skills early in their leadership journeys.

It is through supported and repeated efforts of taking risk, planning, preparing, team building, working through obstacles and failures in order to celebrate success.

A variety of teachers, staff, business and community leaders invest in ASLeaders on their journey as mentors, coaches and guides.

The entrepreneurship projects, community events and initiatives, sport teams and events, participation in the arts, and school activities that students create and execute are the evidence of the preparation, hard work, time, and effort that has been invested.

Throughout each students' leadership journey they are gaining the skills that are imperative for authentic people and leaders serving their teams by developing:

  • healthy life-long habits
  • mental toughness and resiliency
  • effective listening and communication skills
  • situational awareness
  • emotional intelligence
  • core values in life and business
  • beliefs system
  • integration of technology as outreach, engagement, and inclusion
  • confidence in a healthy self-esteem and world view
  • positive character traits and that are practiced as essential and necessary qualities of authentic leaders


ASLeaders work on teams that are focused on efforts locally, nationally, and internationally to gain experience and to build a better world.

It is the ASLeader's responsibility to build teams, help them to function, captain projects, define and set objectives, and to enable individuals as they reach toward success for an intended outcome.

ASL teams have worked on everything from school projects to collaborating on initiatives with national and international implications.

Local: charitable initiatives (Pink In The City, CITY TV Montreal, Breakfast Television, video), school events, awareness campaigns, and school board activities.

ASLeaders on the national and international stage:

  • Sharing best practices about bully prevention with Japan through the Japanese national news network NHK (video).
  • Creating Tedx Youth Laval events.
  • ASLeaders collaborated with schools around the world to create a climate change document for the United Nations that was presented to the Canadian Senate in November 2012 and at the UN Climate Change Summit in Qatar, December 2012.
  • More examples and stories of incredible student led initiatives are available 'In The NEWS' section.