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Summer Institute

 July 30 – August 3 (Registration now open!)
 August 6 – 10 (Full)
 August 13 – 17 (Full)

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Developing Leaders at Every Age

Empowering families, youth, and educators to become leaders equipped to build an equitable and ecologically sustainable world.

We envision a world when democratic principles define relationships, values, and policies creating a world in which all people are granted mutual respect and equality. Democratic leadership also means caring for the earth, pursing environmental sustainability, and valuing all relationships within the web of life.

In addition to the programs currently available to parents, educators and youth, Full Circle Leadership Center (FCLC) is laying the foundation to open a K-12 School and Global Community Center to educate children, young people and adults in how to be globally aware, civically engaged citizens committed to create just and ecologically sustainable homes, communities and world. 

Who does FCL work with?
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Why this work?

To create the context and foundation for productive, effective and harmonious relationships inside schools, organizations and families.

Learning and applying democratic strategies transforms one’s school, one’s organization and one’s home. Harmonious relationships, unity in diversity, increased academic and work performance emerge because you, the leader, show up as an empathic leader.  

Democratic, transformative leaders commit to relationships based on mutual respect, equal worth and dignity.

Your students, staff and children will emerge as more effective, happy, productive, independent and interdependent, empathic leaders as a result of this work.

Front Page 1

Why this work?

To create the context and foundation for productive, effective and harmonious relationships inside schools, organizations and families.

Learning and applying democratic strategies transforms one’s school, one’s organization and one’s home. Harmonious relationships, unity in diversity, increased academic and work performance emerge because you, the leader, show up as an empathic leader.  

Democratic, transformative leaders commit to relationships based on mutual respect, equal worth and dignity.

Your students, staff and children will emerge as more effective, happy, productive, independent and interdependent, empathic leaders as a result of this work.

Who we work with:

Schools

Parents

Organizations

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Upcoming FCLC Workshops

August 2018
This Summer Institute provides K-12 educators of all content areas a transformative professional development opportunity and supportive peer learning community. Participants learn a democratic pedagogy that empowers all students (from the rebellious to the withdrawn) to become engaged leaders in the classroom and beyond.
More Information

Just Added July 30- August 3

August 6 – 10 (Full)

August 13 – 17 (Full)

Upcoming FCLC Workshops

This Summer Institute provides K-12 educators of all content areas a transformative professional development opportunity and supportive peer learning community. Participants learn a democratic pedagogy that empowers all students (from the rebellious to the withdrawn) to become engaged leaders in the classroom and beyond.
More Information

Just added: July 30 – August 3, 2018 (Registration now open!)

August 6 – 10 (Full) 

August 13 – 17 (Full) 

The FCLC Experience

  • FCL Workshop 2
  • FCL Workshop 4
  • FCL Workshop 3

What they’re saying

  • "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." 

    Allison Darke
    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." 

    Michele Aoki
    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."  

    Terry Bergeson
    Former Superintendent of Public Instruction of
    Washington State
    Interim Dean of the School of Education and
    Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University

The FCLC Experience

  • FCL Workshop 2
  • FCL Workshop 4
  • FCL Workshop 3

What they’re saying

  • "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." 

    Allison Darke
    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." 

    Michele Aoki
    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."  

    Terry Bergeson
    Former Superintendent of Public Instruction of
    Washington State
    Interim Dean of the School of Education and
    Kinesiology at Pacific Lutheran University