The Illinois Service Resource Center and Gallaudet University Regional Center Midwest sponsor the Deaf Student Network Leadership Day at Wheaton Park District. Students are nominated for the day based on their leadership skills or leadership potential. At the event they complete various challenges and participate in various team building activities, then lead one of these activities on their own when they are back at school.
A highlight of the day is the Over the Wall activity, in which students cooperate to get each person in the group over a 12 foot high wall. At the end of the day students reflect on what they have learned during the day. Cooperating, getting along, and problem solving are mentioned by several of the students as their takeaways from the day. Students also describe learning about the importance of teamwork, and make comments that reflect a boost in self-confidence.
The activities of the day align with the Illinois Social Emotional Learning Standards that include: Develop self-awareness and self-management skills to achieve school and life success; Use social-awareness and interpersonal skills to establish and maintain positive relationships; and Demonstrate decision-making skills and responsible behaviors in personal, school, and community contexts.
- "The ISRC Leadership event is something my students are now talking about and the "buzz" is out about how awesome the event is and now more students will want to attend." -- Carrie Snyder, District 131
Click on Read More for each year to see photos and a video of students reflecting on their experiences of the day.