What Makes a Great Leader?


*This course is intended for lower elementary students


Class Schedule

Tuesdays 10:00-10:50 am PST

March 5, March 12, March 19, March 26,
April 2, (No Class April 9), April 16, April 23, April 30


Note: Classes are listed in PST, click below to convert time to your time zone.

Course Overview

In this course students will discover the qualities that shaped historical figures, both positive and negative. We'll unravel the consequences of leadership choices on societies, drawing insights from the past.

Through engaging lessons, we'll explore leaders across various government systems, unraveling the paths that led them to prominence. From positive role models to cautionary tales, students will gain a deeper understanding of leadership and its impact on the world.

Finally, we will design an "Ideal Leader" for our country (or world) based on qualifications, personal qualities, and much more. This course will be a fascinating look at how we can use what we have learned from the past to help us to shape our own future.

Student Outcomes:

  • Historical Awareness: Develop a keen understanding of famous leaders throughout history, their accomplishments, and the qualities that defined their leadership.
  • Critical Thinking: Evaluate and distinguish positive and negative leadership qualities, drawing insights from historical references to comprehend the consequences of these qualities on societies.
  • Leadership Exploration: Explore leaders within diverse government systems, understanding the dynamics that shaped their rise to leadership and the impact they had on their respective societies.
  • Analytical Skills: Hone analytical skills by examining the complexities of leadership, enabling students to grasp the multifaceted nature of effective and ineffective leadership.
  • Responsible Leadership: Cultivate a sense of responsibility and ethical awareness by learning from the successes and failures of historical leaders, inspiring a commitment to positive and impactful leadership.
  • Communication Skills: Engage in discussions and reflections, fostering effective communication skills as students articulate their understanding of leadership concepts and historical examples.
  • Inspiration for Future Leadership: Ignite a passion for leadership, encouraging students to envision their own potential roles as leaders and inspiring them to make positive contributions to their communities and beyond.

Student Experience

Pattern Seeker

Literary Analyst



Your Teacher: Katie Kelly

Katie Kelly has worked as a teacher and educational consultant for over 15 years in independent and public schools, including 7 years at the Nueva School in Hillsborough, CA. She received her Master’s in Elementary Education at USC Rossier School of Education with a Certification in Gifted Education . She has continued to be passionate about politics surrounding gifted education and the challenges of meeting the needs of gifted learners, and is currently the Director of Learning at Cresconova.