Project: SWLS (Simulated Workplace Leadership Series)

SWLS (Simulated Workplace Leadership Series)

The cMeLead Simulated Workplace Leadership Series (SWLS) is a leadership development program designed to serve career and technical education (CTE) students within the West Virginia Department of Education (WVDE)’s Simulated Workplace (SW) initiative. The program includes a professional development workshop for Simulated Workplace instructors, a two-day leadership training for Simulated Workplace students, a self-paced online learning track in leadership development, and a leadership legacy project. The program will serve a minimum of 270 high school students, 90 educators, and nine CTE centers in the ten-county project region.

Area Served: WV- Boone, Calhoun, Gilmer, Lincoln, Mingo, Roane, Summers, Webster, Wetzel and Wyoming counties

Project impact to date:

CTE Centers



leadership workshops

Students will participate in four, live leadership workshops on a foundational leadership topic. During these live sessions, students will engage in collaborative learning led by an expert facilitator from The EdVenture Group, Inc. Each leadership workshop will include an engaging wrap-up activity for students to apply their newly-gained leadership skills. To earn completion, students must attend the workshops live or have an approved absence and submit each sessions lesson as proof of review of the session recording. 

Leadership 101: Your Leadership Signature

Students will define leadership, identify qualities of a leader, categorize their unique leadershipstyle, and apply leadership fundamentals to their CTE environment. 

Communication & Delegation

Students will identify effective communication and delegation styles, explore the difference between engagement and empowerment, and create a strategy to infuse these skills into their CTE environment. 

Leading Effective Teams

Students will identify the importance of relationship building, define collaboration, and identify and apply effective collaboration strategy to their CTE environment. 

Defining Your Future

Students will define and identify their personal brand, foster skills for future employability, define their circle of competence and apply their unique competitive edge to their future CTE industry.

self-paced video series

Simultaneous to the live workshops, students will independently participate in a four-module online learning series designed to build their capacity for innovation and design thinking. The four modules below include a video component and follow-up activity and should be completed in the order included in the video channel. Students should submit their work for review to earn completion for the course via the button below.

Simulated Workplace Leadership Series

NOTE: If you would like feedback on individual components of the online course prior to the full submission, please email your assignment and questions directly to Manager of Innovation, Amber Ravenscroft, at

Leadership legacy project

The final component of the SWLS program is the submission and completion of a leadership legacy project at each school. Building on the individual work from the Self-Paced Video Series, each participating site will collaborate to define a leadership legacy project their school will implement to benefit their community. To be eligible for funding, schools must submit a project work plan and brief, 2-minute video “pitching” their project. Both will be reviewed by SWLS facilitators and WVDE for project approval. 

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