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We provide transformational workshops and coaching for educators, parents and caregivers, organizational leaders and youth.
We create cohesive communities committed to practicing democratic leadership for an equitable and ecologically sustainable world.
Developing Leaders at Every Age
We envision a world when democratic, collective and inclusive principles define relationships, values, and policies. We are committed to create a world in which all peoples are granted mutual respect and equality. Democratic leadership encompasses caring for Mother Earth by bringing about environmental justice and sustainability, and by valuing all of our relationships in the web of life.
Full Circle Leadership Center is laying the foundation to open a Justice School & Global Community Retreat Center to educate school and organizational leaders, children, teens, and parents & caregivers in how to become effective agents of systemic change by addressing all kinds of oppression.
Why this work?
Cohesive communities –based on listening, restorative practices, and mutual respect–form the foundational bedrock from which effective systemic change emerges. We urgently need to create teams, families, classrooms and schools that function democratically. From this anti-oppression and anti-autocratic approach, we create the context for productive, effective and harmonious relationships inside schools, organizations, families, and ultimately, our communities.
As a result of engaging in this transformational work, we all emerge as more effective, happy, productive, independent and interdependent, empathic leaders.
Who we work with:
The FCLC Experience What they’re saying
The FCLC Experience
What they’re saying
“What did you say to my faculty!?!?! They have talked about how “life changing” their five days with you were. THANK YOU! What you have done is truly amazing and I am appreciative of your willingness to invest in us. I want to thank you for your time, vision, collaboration and thought that you have put into your curriculum. Your work has been refreshing and has added a much needed wind in our sails at ETHS. I am extremely grateful for our partnership.”
Marcus A. Campbell, Ed.D.
Assistant Superintendent / Principal
Evanston Township High School
“Over the last three years, a number of our teachers have worked with Chris to develop their democratic classroom practices. Every single teacher has returned from Chris’ institute saying it was the best professional development they had ever experienced. The opportunity for educators to learn about empowering students and giving them a voice in the classroom has been transformative for our teachers.”
International Studies Coordinator
Fort Vancouver School District
“I have sponsored a number of Dual language immersion and World Language teachers to attend workshops led by Chris Fontana because the democratic classroom is the best way I know to get students to actually communicate and use the language they’re learning in school for real purposes. For teachers working with students coming from other countries and other cultures, the democratic classroom gives them an experiential window into core concepts of democracy in America, so it’s great for any teacher who wants to empower their English Language Learner students to feel at home in America and to engage in their school and community.”
International Education Administrator
Seattle Public Schools
“The instructional model is a simple but profound shift that puts teachers into a shared leadership role with their students, fostering their self-respect for others and moving these students from passive to active change agents using their knowledge to change the world. Today more than ever with the turmoil and lack of thinking and problem solving being modeled in our society, we need this kind of learning in our schools. These young leaders will build a better world. And teaching this way will keep wonderful teachers in those schools, helping make it happen.”
Former Superintendent of Public Instruction of
Interim Dean of the School of Education and
Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University
Partners of Full Circle Leadership