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Listen. Learn. Love. Lead.


The mission of Educating 4 Leadership is creating authentic and relevant leadership opportunities for ALL students, now and in the future, within their communities, and around the world.

Educating 4 Leadership (E4L) began in 2009 as a non-profit organization in Alaska to support the education projects and ideas created at Highland Academy Charter School, an award-winning charter school in Anchorage, Alaska.

E4L began as a vision of Dr. Mark Standley, the first founder and C.E.O. Mark has been instrumental in creating change in educational technology through creating iDidaContest within ASTE, creating and conducting digital storytelling camps globally, and finding ways to make learning exciting for young people everywhere. Dr. Standley continues to work closely with E4L as their lead consultant for anything drones. He helps youth learn the skills of flying drones, the ethics behind it, and also forming their own commercial drone license and business.

E4L works with students, schools, communities, and other groups in Alaska, the United States, and internationally to promote student leadership through contextual learning - we believe in teaching and learning by doing. As E4L matures and goes through the method of defining and implementing our goals, we actively seek input from other organizations to improve the process and practices of student leadership and engagement in communities. It is important to us that the students of today are ready to seize the opportunities and overcome the challenges of tomorrow. Alaskan students have a special place in our hearts, and we want to ensure they are capable of cooperating with others in the state and abroad, securing a stronger future through leadership and community building.