In 2010, Ravenscroft – a private pre-K–12 school in Raleigh, NC – and the Center for Creative Leadership’s Leadership Beyond Boundaries (LBB) team initiated an innovative approach to education. This innovation incubation method toward developing a systemic youth leadership development model for Ravenscroft is one of the first of its kind and is beginning to inform the broader educational conversation about how schools usher forth a more capable set of young leaders.

The collaborative exploration between CCL and Ravenscroft resulted in Lead From Here, an initiative that has impacted every aspect of Ravenscroft. It has empowered the institution to develop young citizen leaders prepared to thrive in a complex and interdependent world.

Lead From Here

From the outset of the exploratory project, CCL and Ravenscroft worked closely together to co-create the models that would result from the initiative. CCL contributed leadership frameworks, research and tools, along with an appreciation of learning and development processes. Ravenscoft’s faculty and staff shared their deep knowledge of teaching, child development and the school community and context.

Together, they reviewed data collected from a variety of sources, including a school-wide parent survey, stakeholder focus groups, and interviews about leadership and citizenship – all focused on answering these key questions:

  • What does leadership mean at Ravenscroft?
  • What are the leadership behaviors that you would like the youth to demonstrate?
  • What does it mean to be a citizen leader?

This discovery phase resulted in a three-part framework of Leading Self, Leading with Others, and Changing Your World. And what began as a student-focused initiative has now evolved into a cornerstone of Ravenscroft’s school-wide organizational leadership project. (More)

To learn more about Ravenscroft’s and CCL’s Research and Innovation Incubator initiative: 

Videos on the Lead From Here initiative, and Ravenscroft’s Lead From Here citizen leadership framework:

Lead From Here overview from Ravenscroft’s Head of School, Doreen Kelly
Ravenscroft’s Lead From Here initiative in partnership with the Center for Creative Leadership
Understanding Ravenscroft’s Partnership with CCL 
Understanding Ravenscroft’s Lead From Here leadership initiative: LEADING SELF
Understanding Ravenscroft’s Lead From Here leadership initiative: LEADING WITH OTHERS
Understanding Ravenscroft’s Lead From Here leadership initiative: CHANGING YOUR WORLD

Other Education Sector Videos from the Center for Creative Leadership:

CCL’s Early Leadership Theory of Change

How does the Center for Creative Leadership’s Theory of Change for Early Leadership translate into work with programs around the world? This video provides an overview of our Theory of Change and it’s connections to process, practice, and evaluation of programs aimed at providing leadership for all.

CCL’s Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program

The Golden LEAF Scholars Leadership Program, developed by the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL®) for the Golden LEAF Foundation in Rocky Mount, NC, is designed to provide the scholars with job opportunities in North Carolina’s rural areas and to foster leadership skills in the scholars so they will have the tools necessary to return to their hometowns or other rural communities in the state as future community and business leaders.

In order to help young people learn and grow as leaders and citizens, our entire culture and system needs to have a common understanding of and belief in this work. As adults, we must model the behavior. Our goal is to purposefully weave leadership and citizenship learning into the fabric of our school and community, so that it spans all ages and is sustained over years.


Our commitment to developing young people as leaders and citizens — and our community-wide approach — is already eliciting interest from educators nationally. We have begun to change the education conversation away from quick fixes and the latest ‘reforms’ and toward preparing students to be resilient, capable and able to lead in a complex and interdependent world.


– Colleen Ramsden, Ravenscroft Asst. Head of the School for Academic Affairs

Developing Next Generation Leaders at Ravenscroft

Unlike many programs, the Ravenscroft leadership and citizenship initiative isn’t for a select few students or about the ‘experts’ prescribing a plan or solution. Our work with Ravenscroft is for all students, and it is an evolving and co-created process.


– Joel Wright, CCL Director of Early Leadership Development