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Peer Leadership Collaboratives

Peer Leadership Collaboratives were implemented in all Cincinnati Public Schools’ high schools during the 2016-17 school year.

What is Peer Leadership Collaboratives?

Cincinnati Public Schools' Peer Leadership Collaboratives (PLC) will develop and support a cadre of elementary and high school student leaders in grades 5–12. The PLC leaders will be tasked with inspiring collective change in their buildings and in their communities, using the power of their peer’s voices and talents in driving this important student-led work. A curriculum-based and hands-on leadership development program will identify each student’s strengths and support their exploration in various leadership competencies. Our goal is to ensure the leadership collaboratives are available in every middle and high school, providing equitable access to relevant leadership development opportunities for ALL students. The peer leadership framework is built around five priority areas that will support positive school cultures within each building: Men, Women, Career, Service Learning/ Philanthropy and College Collaboratives.

Who is a Part of Peer Leadership Collaboratives?

Cincinnati Public School students like you! Connect with your school counselor.

Why Peer Leadership?

At CPS, we recognize that our students are Cincinnati’s lifeblood of tomorrow — our city's future business leaders, philanthropists, volunteers, ambassadors and more. Transforming the culture of our schools cannot be accomplished by a single individual. The most successful school culture movements are led by teams of individuals working collaboratively to create effective and lasting change.

Cincinnati Public Schools' Peer Leadership Collaboratives (PLC) will develop and support a cadre of elementary and high school student leaders in grades 5–12. The PLC leaders will be tasked with inspiring collective change in their buildings and in their communities, using the power of their peer's voices and talents in driving this important student-led work. A curriculum-based and hands-on leadership development program will identify each student’s strengths and support their exploration in various leadership competencies. Our goal is to ensure the leadership collaboratives are available in every middle and high school, providing equitable access to relevant leadership development opportunities for ALL students. The peer leadership framework is built around five priority areas that will support positive school cultures within each building: Men, Women, Career, Service Learning/ Philanthropy and College Collaboratives.

Working closely with their program facilitator, a student "Captain" and "Co-Captain" will help lead their peer teams within each priority area to research, develop and implement student-level campaigns within their school campus to influence and empower their fellow peers. High School PLC teams also will join together in a peer leadership summit in the Winter and Spring to create strong district-wide connections between all PLCs and provide each PLC with the skills necessary to achieve success in their 2020/2021 school-wide campaigns. 

Ultimately, we envision our PLCs inspiring the next generation with the courage and desire to become leaders who change the world, setting the stage for communities of care & trust and cultures of change. 

The Leadership Collaboratives include Girls to Women; M.O.R.E. (Men Organized, Respectful and Educated); and Student Voice.

Want to Learn More About Peer Leadership?

Fill out this form if you are interested in signing up for the 2020-2021 school year.

Read about how each initiative is making a difference and how you can, too, by joining them.

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