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In START in the Classroom, Laurie Bodine and Ron Duska have brought together cutting-edge research in academics, education, business leadership, and child development to reveal the secrets of the  students who fare best.  Integrating the foundational elements of growth mindset, SEL, mindfulness, project based learning, and design thinking, START’s single framework supports you in creating a culture of leadership and engagement where students are inspired to develop the attributes and master the skills that are essential to success in class and in the highly competitive, uncertain world they will soon enter.


What Educators Are Saying About START in the Classroom


"Over the past few years we have noticed a declining trend in student preparedness, initiative, and self-direction. But in just a few weeks using the START Leadership approach in our classroom, all are on the rise. The positive shift in student engagement and focus along with their ability to work independently has been remarkable." 

     5th Grade Teacher, Colonial School


"We have seen the positive impact START makes in developing essential leadership skills while building social and emotional capacity and connection. We have used START to unite our parents, teachers, and students with a common leadership language and process to navigate their lives effectively." 

     Leadership Director,  The Haverford School


About the Authors


Laurie Bodine, MBA is the Founder of START Leadership, an education and training company in San Francisco.  Laurie applies her 25 years of experience working with and for Fortune 500 companies in marketing, technology development, strategy, and leadership to support parents and teachers in developing the leadership skills kids/students need to thrive and propser.


Ron Duska, EdD has 25 years of experience as a teacher and principal, working at the college, high school, middle school, and elementary school level in the Philadelphia area, including Villanova University and The Haverford School. Ron’s first hand experience with START prompted him to join the START team to extend the reach of this important work.

START Leadership in the Classroom

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