Thanksgiving Dining | Leadership in-a-box

by Mindy Lockard on November 7, 2020

Leadership in-a-box Thanksgiving Dining from Mindy Lockard Leadership on Vimeo.

Gobble Gobble, it’s almost time for Thanksgiving Dinner! This fun and interactive Leadership in-a-box is designed to help kids / tweens explore important interpersonal dining habit and confidence in a fun and interactive way. Each box comes complete with 6 quick and easy dining videos + hands-on activity to help bring the DINING POWER SKILLS to life and reinforce the skills for longevity. Not only will kids / teens learn skills for the upcoming Holiday Season, but might also teach the entire family a skill or two! The boxes will arrive early in the week of Thanksgiving.

Buy the box or send it as a gift!

Last day to purchase a box for week of Thanksgiving 11/19.

What’s in the BOX?
POWER SKILL ONE: Setting the Table
POWER SKILL THREE: Drink + Toasting
POWER SKILL FOUR: Sparking Curious Conversations
POWER SKILL FIVE: Styles of Dining

What’s in the BOX?
– Workbook
– Ball Point Pen
– Color Markers
– Plate
– Napkin
– 1 Spoons
– 1 Forks
– 1 Knife
– 1 Plastic Glass and Toasting Exercise
– Napkin
– Table Talk Cards to Spark Fun Family Conversations
– 6 Place Setting Cards
– 4 Small Table-Setting Diagrams
– Family Menu Cards
– Thanksgiving Family Conversation Guide

Buy the box or send it as a gift!


Leadership in-a-box | Social POWER SKILL ONE

by Mindy Lockard on September 10, 2020


#BlackOutTuesday is more than just putting up a black screen on social media, it’s a commitment to listening and learning.  I’ve collected a list of resources for families to use as starting points of conversation and education, not only today, but moving forward. While this is a fairly comprehensive list, it’s certainly not perfect. If you have additions, please feel free to drop a note below with other sites and resources. While I have researched most here, I encourage our Leadership Families to make their own decisions on what is appropriate regarding age and maturity. The most important thing is that we start.
The Brown Bookshelf’s FaceBook Live. We invite you to join us on Thursday, June 4 and spread the word. People around the nation are hurting. This is a time to come together and stand up. Our kids need us, and we are here for them. (School-age kids welcome).
Kids 7:00 – 7:45 PM ET
Parents, Educators & Librarians 7:45 – 8:30
Movies / TV:
All American (series) — some sexual content
13th on Netflix (documentary)
American Son (Kenny Leon) — Netflix
Just Mercy (Destin Daniel Cretton) — FREE In June for Black Out Tuesday —
Books for Youth
This Book is Anti Racist by Tiffany Jewell
The Hate You Give by Angie Thomas
Piecing Me Together by Renee Watson
Me and White Supremacy  by Layla F SAAD
Brown Girl Dreaming Jacqueline Woodson
Other Side, Jacqueline Woodson
Lions of Little Rock  by, Kristin Levine
Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
Parent Resources and Groups
Black Feminist Thought  (Book) by Patricia Hill Collins
Heavy: An American Memoir  (Book) by Kiese Laymon
How To Be An Antiracist (Book) by Dr. Ibram X. Kendi
Me and White Supremacy (Book) by Layla F. Saad
Raising Our Hands (Book) by Jenna Arnold
Redefining Realness (Book) by Janet Mock
Sister Outsider (Book) by Audre Lorde
So You Want to Talk About Race (Book) by Ijeoma Oluo
The Bluest Eye (Book) by Toni Morrison
The Fire Next Time (Book) by James Baldwin
Social Media Organizations to Follow
Antiracism Center: Twitter
Audre Lorde Project: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Black Women’s Blueprint: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Color Of Change: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Colorlines: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
The Conscious Kid: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Equal Justice Initiative (EJI): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Families Belong Together: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
The Leadership Conference on Civil & Human Rights: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
MPowerChange: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Muslim Girl: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
NAACP: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
National Domestic Workers Alliance: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
RAICES: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
Showing Up for Racial Justice (SURJ): Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
SisterSong: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook
United We Dream: Twitter | Instagram | Facebook


I don’t know about you, but this week I made a turn from “We’ve got this.” to “I’m SO ready to be DONE with this.”

So to help with the Stay at Home Blues, I whipped up a healthy spin on a Comfort Classic with Turkey Meatloaf made with Sweet Potato and fresh Thyme! It’s gluten free and SO delicious, even described as “addicting” by one of my teens, which you know can be a tough audience. So without further ado, I extend a big ol’ warm and fuzzy quarintine hug in the shape of this…

Grocery List

  • Drizzle of Olive Oil
  • 1 Chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoons of salt (I prefer kosher or sea salt)
  • 1/2 teaspoon of ground pepper
  • 1 Pressed Garlic Clove
  • 1 Table Spoon Fresh Thyme
  • 1 cup peeled and grated sweet potato
  • 1/4 cup Worcestershire
  • 2 Tablespoons Tomato Paste
  • 3 Pounds Ground Turkey
  • Ketchup
  • Ground Pepper

Steps | Serves 4 | Prep Time 30 minutes / Cook Time 60 minutes-ish or 160 degrees

  1. Drizzle the olive oil into a large skillet and let heat (but not too hot)
  2. Add chopped onion and garlic, salt and pepper sauté until the onions are translucent but not brown.
  3. Add fresh thyme and sweet potato mixing constantly to release the herb’s flavor and keep the sweet potato from sticking to each other. Sauté for a couple of additinal minutes
  4. Remove the pan from heat, add the Worcestershire and Tomato Paste
  5. Once cool, add the ground turkey to the sauté mixture — this helps to not cook the meat — and mix until completely combined.
  6. On a baking sheet lined with parchment and using hands (or if raw meat creeps you out, a couple of spoons, to created a loaf shape with the meat.
  7. drizzle ketchup over the top and top with fresh ground pepper
  8. Pop into the oven at 400 degrees until the internal temp is at least 160 (approximatly 1 hour)
  9. When cooked to 16o degrees, remove from the oven and let stand (covered) for 10 minutes.
  10. ENJOY!



30 Days of Social Connection | Day 13: Email

by Mindy Lockard on April 28, 2020

30 Days of Social Connection | Day THIRTEEN: Email









Today’s Power Skill: Email

Today’s Power Skill is all about email! Email is one of those skills that can be elevated very quickly! It’s written more like a letter than a text. For years I was telling my students this without realizing, they had never written a letter. LOL. So below you will find 5 quick and easy ways to improve your email which will save your teachers time and make your questions / comments easier for them to respond to. 

Email Tips and Tricks:

  • When to Email: Make a list of all of your teachers office hours. Draft the email when you have the question and save as a draft until you send it during the beginning of your teacher’s office hours.
  • Subject Line: When using the subject line, make sure that you are reflecting the subject of your email. Always be more specific as it will help mentally prepare your teacher / professior / boss for what they can expect from your message
  • Understand Bcc & Cc: We use Bcc (Blind Carbon Copy): we want to include someone in our email but the recepient won’t know they are included in the message. We use Cc (Carbon Copy) when we include someone in the email and the recpient can see they are there. In both cases we are including someone just for them to see, but not respond to the email. One great way to use Cc:, is to include your parents in your teacher communication.
  • Email as a letter vs. a text: Many times when we text, we don’t add correct punctuation and write our thoughts in one long paragraph. This is great for texting, but not easy to respond to. Especially because more often than not, we use email as a communication tool to get answers or share them. Here’s a very effective Email format that will help you connect with your teachers and help them respond to your questions quickly and efficiently


START WITH A GREETING LINE: Hello (never Hey), Mr. Smith,                                                                                               (SPACE)

FRIENDLY OPENER, (NOTE:  don’t include a question as this gives him / her one more thing to answer and say something nice, they are working SO hard to help you): I hope you are having a nice day. I really appreciate all you are doing to help us keep up with your class! 


BODY of THE EMAIL, Start with your reason for sending the email, followed by your questions in bulleted form. Especially if you have more than one question.

I am writing because I have a couple of questions about our Independent Reading Project:

  • Has the due date changed with digital learning?
  • May I work on the project now and turn it in as I go, or would you like everything all at once?

CLOSING always include your FIRST and LAST name + Class number:

Thank you, Mindy Lockard (period 2)

It would look like this:






Family Dinner Table Talk Questions / Conversation Starters:

  1. What do you appreciate in an email?
  2. Have you ever had an embarrassing email experience?
  3. How do you use the subject line?


Looking for an easy way to have your teens feel productive during the day? Here’s our Ten-a-Day sheet that teens can fill out. This chart includes five blank spots that your teen can fill in and five family responsibility “nudges”  pre-written in to help give teens ownership and independence during these days that seem to run together… oy vey!

Printable:  Leadership Academy 10 a Day