What Does It Take to Grow a Leader?

March 14, 2022

Yesterday, a visiting teacher made this observation after witnessing third graders lead Torah study: “I’m so impressed that the students at Mirowitz feel safe sharing deeply personal and spiritual thoughts with one another. What you have here is very unusual. It’s a sign of a true community.”

That weekly service is part of a plan to help your child develop into a leader.  Our faculty has developed a school experience that adds up to more than just an education. We make a habit of asking, “What does it take to grow a leader?”

We grow leaders by giving students a voice.

Each child at our school knows that her or his opinion is valued. During discussions, students know they have a safe place to share their profound and sophisticated ideas. At Mirowitz, no one thinks it’s “uncool” to be smart.

We grow leaders by creating a model community in which every member is respected.

Graduates of Mirowitz choose their friends carefully…for they know the signs of a trustworthy companion. They know what to do when faced with conflict and hurtful words…because the adults at Mirowitz have empowered them to be confident problem solvers.

We grow leaders by instituting leadership opportunities for every child.

In addition to giving classroom presentations in every grade, third, fourth and fifth graders read Torah and lead a discussion for the whole school. Middle school leaders are planning a festive Purim schpiel and carnival for the whole school next week.

And throughout the school, students are exercising their power to make the world a better place. Two collections are filling our lobby right now: items to send to Ukraine and games for kids in need. (Thanks for supporting our students’ initiatives with your contributions!)

We grow leaders by reinforcing this message each and every day: You have the power to make a difference!Use it well in small ways and large.

For Purim, one small thing will make a difference – send your child with a box of pasta to be used as a grogger that will then be sent to the Harvey Kornblum Jewish Food Pantry!

This Shabbat, ask your child some ways that even a child can make the world a better place.

Shabbat Shalom,