Graduating High School Seniors Prepare for their Roles as Ethical Leaders

Institute for Global Ethics' Paula Mirk provided tools, tips, and practice on how to build leadership skills while upholding ethical values
Members of the “Captains’ Club” at Kennebunk High School
Members of the “Captains’ Club” at Kennebunk High School
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July 12, 2012 - PRLog -- ROCKPORT, Maine – A dozen high school seniors, members of the “Captains’ Club” at Kennebunk High School located in Kennebunk, Maine, spent a half-day at the end of the 2011-12 school year putting their learning into practice.

During their year-long Captains’ Club course, Regional School Unit #21 Assistant Superintendent Sara Zito and Superintendent Andrew Dolloff guided students using the Institute for Global Ethics’ “Building Decision Skills” curriculum. The curriculum helped students explore why ethics matters and key concepts in ethics, as well as engage in activities aimed at building a shared set of core ethical values, understanding the importance of distinguishing right from wrong, and learning how to analyze and resolve dilemmas when two of their values come into conflict. The course focused specifically on substance abuse, health and personal responsibility.

The half-day workshop was designed with these students in mind,” Paula Mirk, director of education for the Institute, said. “Knowing that this group of original thinkers had practice in the Institute’s frameworks, and were leaving home for the first time to start college in the fall, Sara and I planned the workshop to advance the students’ critical thinking skills, using relevant ethics themes, toward preparing them for what’s next in their lives as ethical leaders.”

During the workshop, utilizing both large and small group exercises, Mirk, Zito, and Superintendent Andrew Dolloff provided students with leadership concepts and examples, prompts to explore ethical decision-making, the elements of Moral Courage with stories to illustrate courageous leadership, and opportunities to think about the message and learning these seniors wanted to leave behind for future Captains’ Club members.

Sara Zito reflects that “the Global Ethics Curriculum provided a rich foundation for discussion around leadership and decision making. It was inspiring to witness the students’ enthusiastic responses to this special opportunity to apply their learning.”

The Kennebunk High School Captains’ Club is comprised of high school juniors and seniors. They study a variety of topics throughout the school year, read and discuss articles on heroes, engage in conversation with published authors, participate in community service, and give presentations in class and to middle school students.

The IGE’s Ethical Literacy® Learning Community provides school community members with tools and processes to build and maintain a culture of integrity based on shared values, ethical decision-making, and research about balancing attention to academic rigor with attention to the ethical development of young people. For more information, visit: or call +1-207-542-1546.

About the IGE
Founded in 1990, with offices in Rockport, Maine and New York City, the Institute for Global Ethics ( is an independent, nonsectarian, nonpartisan, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting ethical action in a global context. IGE’s challenge is to explore the global common ground of values, elevate awareness of ethics, provide practical tools for making ethical decisions, and encourage practical action based on those decisions.
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