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.
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:
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