Every person is a unique seed in the world’s garden.
Each seed grows a leader from which greatness can blossom.
Imagine the future of our planet if we nurture each child to sprout greatness.
— Debra J. Slover

School Leadership Garden

Empowered classroomThe place to cultivate and practice leadership in the classroom and on the playground

If you're looking to bring personal leadership training and anti-bullying resources into the classroom, we offer resources that individual teachers, counselors, and administrators can easily implement.

However, issues of bullying and building self-worth are often most effectively addressed at the organizational level. If, as an educator, you would like to create a district-wide, school-wide or grade-wide climate where: bullying is not tolerated and respect flourishes, every child's unique abilities and natural curiosity are nurtured, and each child is encouraged to take on a leadership role unique to them . . . we'd like to help you.

This site offers a number of resources to advance that agenda, working with students, faculty/staff, and/or parents/caregivers, including . . .

  • U.N.I.Q.U.E. Kids: Growing My Leadership Garden and its accompanying workbook, filled with activities that can be done by an entire class, or even a whole school
  • Workshops and Presentations at your school, including a cross-age leadership training program for teens, 13-18, and other programs directed at elementary-aged students
  • In-depth Educator Empowerment Workshops with optional ED 805 professional development credit through Western Oregon University
  • Facilitator Certification Program, where professionals in your school or district are trained to bring this empowering message to your students and community
  • The Leadership Garden Registry, which lets you access the resources of an entire online community, to think and share and brainstorm collaboratively, even across state lines
  • A Grant Program to help qualifying schools implement the Leadership Garden Legacy

All resources and presentations are designed by Debra Slover, a former classroom teacher who went on to coordinate two national and 18 statewide conferences, train 2000+ teens as trainers, present programs to 40,000 people, raise more than $3,200,000, and direct 38 youth leadership camps.

Slover has been Board President/VP of the National Association of Teen Institutes, chaired two statewide programs, and was a grant reviewer for the U.S. Department of Education and Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.