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Learning to Lead

Traditionally, pre-season at Cushing means an intensive week of athletic practices and conditioning for fall athletes. This year, however, our sports teams weren’t the only ones preparing for a new season. A group of student leaders – newly elected and selected proctors, student council representatives, and mentors – chose to return to campus a week early to explore forward thinking curricula and activities to help prepare them for leading their peers and community.
 
Together, students explored topics such as emotional intelligence, character strengths, listening, cultural responsiveness and perspective, and the importance of “leaning into discomfort” in order to challenge themselves and others to grow as a community. They participated in workshops, helped prepare for new students to arrive, and welcomed new students and their families.  The week culminated in a day-long Leadership Lab where students tackled adaptive challenges focused on unification, trust, and communication, and set year-long goals and action plans to execute those goals.
 
“We will continue to collaborate, reflect, and give feedback on these action plans throughout the year with weekly meetings with our student leaders and three more day-long Leadership Labs in the fall, winter, and spring,” said Chris Howes, Dean of Student Life.  “I can’t wait to see the impact and influence these students have on unifying our school this year.” 

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Cushing Academy

39 School Street
Ashburnham, Massachusetts 01430
978-827-7000
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Cushing Academy

Cushing Academy exists for students and develops curious, creative, and confident learners and leaders. Founded in 1865, Cushing is a co-ed, college preparatory boarding and day school for students in grades 9-12 and PG. Our students, who come from over 30 states and 30 countries, excel in our outstanding academic, art, and athletic offerings. We welcome you to visit our community and beautiful 162-acre campus in Ashburnham, Mass., just one hour from Boston, to experience all that Cushing has to offer.

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