The Bergen LEADS curriculum was created by a group of community leaders representing the diversity of sectors found in Bergen County. The program is extremely elastic, enabling us to incorporate current events and cutting edge theory into each day, and is frequently tweaked based on feedback from participants. The entire curriculum is reviewed and revised every five years by a committee of community leaders and educators.
The Bergen LEADS seminar year is organized around six “Issue Days.” These topics have been determined to be of critical importance to the residents of Bergen County; a thorough understanding of issues is key to our participants’ ability to affect change in their community.
Topics for Issue Days include:
- Law & Public Safety
Participants learn about issues from leaders in the field, site visits and assigned readings.
Class members are encouraged to read The Record and other local publications to stay informed of current events, and to attend meetings of their town council, school board and the Bergen County Freeholders.
A critical component of the curriculum revolves around leadership development. To that end, Bergen LEADS administers the DiSC Profile and Personal Interests, Attitudes and Values™ (PIAV) assessment to each participant. Michele Brown, of Intuaction Coaching, meets with the class three times to explain results of the assessments and facilitate strong team function.
In 2012, Bergen LEADS added the Positive Leadership curriculum into the seminar year. Based on cutting-edge research and practices, the curriculum presents a fresh approach that combines leadership and personal development.