Interview with Jean-Claude Brizard

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Below is a recent interview with Jean-Claude Brizard, the new CEO of Chicago Public Schools .Why did you choose to implement The Leader in Me process with Rochester City School District?“The program is part of an overall belief system, that too often when you look at education we tend to focus on the adults and what they are doing, and seldom do we look at what the children are doing.  We don't...

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Impressive Student Lighthouse Leader

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Recently a group from FranklinCovey Education met Robert, a 5th grade Student Lighthouse Leader from Beaumont Elementary, a Lighthouse School in Michigan. Robert exemplifies the best in The Leader in Me students; he greeted us, shook our hands, made excellent eye contact with each of us, and had a smile that lit up the room! As the only student in a group of adults, Robert’s confidence, poise ,...

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“The 7 Habits are ingrained in everything we do.”

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CAMP Gator pairs athletes and non-athlete student leaders from the University of Florida with at-risk elementary and middle-school boys and girls. Many of the mentees have discipline issues, high absentee rates, and below average academic achievement. Collegiate student mentors are trained in the 7 Habits while enhancing their leadership, public speaking, and goal-setting skills. When these lea...

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Leadership for Kids

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At Brentwood School of Business and Leadership, we have experienced some dramatic results in our first year with The Leader in Me. Suspensions at the elementary school have dropped 69% from a year ago, fourth- through sixth-graders are running an active junior chamber of commerce and every student is responsible for a leadership position—from lead gardener to student greeter. What we’re finding...

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Stanton Elementary Leadership Day, 2011

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A 5th grade student production leader took over 200 pictures of our Leadership Day event and took it upon himself to put it into a video. He brilliantly, without any teacher direction, captured the spirit of the day as students used their strengths as public speakers, greeters, reporters, tour guides, or manned a leadership booth. Enjoy!Matt Miller, PrincipalStanton Elementary, MO

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Community Circle

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Each week our entire school gathers in the gym for an assembly-like experience.  We have titled this time “Community Circle.”  We sit in a circle around the MI flag, US flag, and a peace pole.  We come together to share how we can carry out the 7 Habits, to create school-wide goals, and to celebrate the leaders within us.  We do this through quotes, movie clips, discussions and turn and talks. ...

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Leadership Day Video

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In January we hosted a Leadership Day that was amazing. The video below shows some of the highlights. Enjoy!Mike Fritz, PrincipalJoseph Welsh Elementary, AlbertaThe Leader in Me Lighthouse School

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Confident Student

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This weekend I had the pleasure of sitting through six soccer games! One of our teachers came to see a student play since he asked her to come EVERY week :) At the end of the game, the student walked over to see his teacher in order to show his appreciation for her coming. After addressing his teacher, the 4th grader walked over to the teacher's friend, stuck out his hand, looked him in the eye...

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Parent Comments

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Recently I started a blog for parents to share how their children are using the habits at home. Below are a few of the comments. Amazing!Matt Miller, PrincipalStanton Elementary, MOWin-Win
When Madeline recently found out that I had eaten lunch at Jimmy John's with her little brother, she said, "You ate Jimmy John's without me!  That is NOT a win-win Mom!"
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7 Habits Certificate

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Each month, our school recognizes exemplary student leaders by grade. In December, Nashua Mayor Donnelly had lunch with the leaders and talked with them about what it means to be a leader of a city. The children also received the certificate below.Habits CertificateJanet Valeri, PrincipalLedge Street Elementary, NH

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I'm so happy you are on this journey & taking my son with you.

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Recently, this was posted on our website; www.beaumonttogetherwelead.com.
Great website Team Beaumont! I'm so happy you are on this journey & taking my son with you. In reviewing his data notebook this past week, one thing was very clear to me. With all the tracking of data, responsibilities, learning and personal goals, it is clear he's going to learn that HE is the key to his own success. I'm ...

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Parent Email

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This is another great success story witnessed in our community of the impact The Leader in Me has on young children!
A few days ago, my husband had a man come out to do a few repairs to the house. The man was running a little behind, and my husband had to leave, so he asked our son to show him to the side of the house when he got there. The man called my husband that afternoon to tell him that h...

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Our First Leadership Day

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An important purpose of Leadership Day is to invite parents, business partners, and educators from other schools to come learn about and see our school’s unique leadership model, as well as to provide an opportunity for our staff and students to share their leadership insights and experiences with those who attend our Leadership Day.  On March 24, 2011 we had 75 educators from all over the stat...

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The Right People on the Bus

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GOOD TO GREAT by Jim Collins:  When it comes to getting started, good-to-great leaders understand three simple truths. First, if you begin with “who,” you can more easily adapt to a fast-changing world. If people get on your bus because of where they think it’s going, you'll be in trouble when you get 10 miles down the road and discover that you need to change direction because the world has ch...

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Collective Awards

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To promote positive behavior and working together with our K-2 students, we award weekly “trophies” to different classes. The trophies are various items painted gold and include the Golden Apple , Golden Note , Golden Shoe , Golden Trash Can , Golden Book , Quite Zone Award , and a giant Panther for the class with the most box tops. The awards are kept in their classrooms for the week.Outside t...

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For Us, It’s All in the Community

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When we began The Leader in Me process we knew we wanted to involve our local Chamber of Commerce and our local Rotary. We created a model in which our primary students, K-3, are focusing on community service projects and our upper grade students, 4-6, designed a Junior Chamber of Commerce modeled after our local Chamber. One of the events the Junior Chamber hosts is a monthly breakfast that in...

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Even the Youngest of Students

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Our school is a PreK-2 elementary. You might initially think children this young would not understand leadership through the 7 Habits but our students prove they “get it” each and every day.Just last week, a first grader was playing on the school playground on Saturday. She noticed trash left by others and told her mom that she was going to be proactive and pick it up. She chose to be a leader ...

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Character skills are seen as a lifestyle rather than a lesson.

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At Winchester Elementary, after only one year with The Leader in Me process, the impact it has made is evident. Use of Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is stressed each day and school practices have been examined and aligned to ensure that children practice and employ these strategies in all aspects of their school day. These skills are witnessed when students show compas...

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400 Schools and Counting

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The Leader in Me book was published only 28 months ago and there are now over 400 schools on the path to creating a culture of leadership and, as of today, 14 that have achieved Lighthouse Status. Witnessing the transformational change these schools are experiencing has been amazing.When I think of the difference The Leader in Me makes in the life of a child, I am both proud and humbled by the ...

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Iredell Statesville Spotlight: "Are We Famous"

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Third Creek Elementary School in Statesville, NC is in the community spotlight as they experience promising results after just a few months of implementing The Leader in Me leadership development process. Discipline referrals are decreasing dramatically, and children starting feel the impact of the 7 Habits on their school culture.Click here to download the article.Iredell_thumbnail
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Iredell Statesville Spotlight: "Are We Famous"

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Third Creek Elementary School in Statesville, NC is in the community spotlight as they experience promising results after just a few months of implementing The Leader in Me leadership development process. Discipline referrals are decreasing dramatically, and children starting feel the impact of the 7 Habits on their school culture.Click here to download the article.Iredell_thumbnail
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“Others See Me as a Leader”

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The picture below illustrates an activity we recently did—students commented about how they saw each other as a leader. This continued until each student had at least three positive comments. The students loved it and it was a big deposit in their Emotional Bank Account.Matt Miller, PrincipalStanton Elementary, MObulletin_board

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Student Pride

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When we began The Leader in Me process we knew we wanted to involve our local Chamber of Commerce and our local Rotary. Our community and business leaders have so much to teach our students about leadership, community involvement, networking, public speaking, greetings, and more—things that are difficult to teach in a classroom.We have seen spectacular results in such a short time! Our discipli...

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Long-Term Health of a Community

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On May 17, 2011, Sean Covey and Muriel Summers will be in Muscatine for the Iowa Educational Leadership Summit. The event includes workshops, key notes, and visits to classrooms.In the fall of 2010, Muscatine Schools initiated innovative programs from K- 12th grade. At the elementary level, teachers have embraced training in The Leader In Me™, a program designed to help children develop leaders...

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“Growing Great Leaders”

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Since 2008, the staff of McLees Elementary School has been busy! They have participated in The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Signature Training that I taught. They have done a book study on The Leader in Me and the staff has experienced Vision and Implementation Day.In 2010, they introduced the eight habits to their students and they have continued to implement the habits throughout our c...

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Pretty Incredible

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In the past, moving a kid out of Reading Intervention didn’t happen often—but this year is different. My veteran teacher is quoted as saying; I have never had kids move out of the program this quickly. The only thing I changed was setting goals with the kids and having them track their strategies every week. Pretty incredible! The second piece of data is also amazing – we read more books last q...

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“Touching the Habits”

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At the beginning of the year we focus on each habit for an entire week, it is a great review for returning students and introduces the habits to new students. We use 7 Habits bags as one way to do this. Each week, the students are given an object to go in their 7 Habits bag. If a habit has been discussed or is a goal, the students can wear the necklace or use the object to anchor themselves.Eac...

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First Graders Really Get It!

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Today I spoke with my first graders about what habit they practice often and how they apply it. Below are a few of the responses I received that I felt captured the essence of the habit, showing the student’s solid understanding of the selected habit.“I Think Win-Win. When my friend comes to my house and we want to do different things, I tell them about win-win and then we think of how we can p...

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“Leader Loot”

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Goal setting has never been more fun! Every week each class starts out with 0.00 in their “Bank Account.” As the week goes on, each class can earn “Leader Loot” for using the habits or displaying positive leadership skills. The class that has the most “loot” is announced Monday morning and receives a trophy. A local trophy store donated the trophies that are proudly displayed inside the classro...

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Students Avoiding Conflict

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We are only midway through year one and what is most interesting to me is how students have begun to proactively, and independent of the teacher, engage in conversations about how to deal with a bully. I have had many unsolicited conversations with students about this. They are quite proud to tell me that they have had a successful experience avoiding conflict using 7 Habits language. That…I th...

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Kids Helping Kids

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This year, the teachers and students are actively engaged in several service learning projects that benefit the Woman and Children’s Hospital of Western New York. It has been a great "Win" for our students and for the hospital. The ideas have all been generated by the students in coordination with the Kids Helping Kids campaign at the hospital. The students have collected used cell phones and i...

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“Top Dog” Writing

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In our class we discuss the gifts that each of us were given at birth and how they are like a present... something we can continue to open and explore with every new experience we have. It is a pleasant surprise when we discover something new about ourselves that we didn’t know before.The power of the Top Dog writing is that it affirms each child’s individuality and uniqueness from their peers*...

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Bringing Tangible Changes to Her Community

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This is a story of how one 14-year-old girl personally brought about tangible changes in her community. Yenni ‘s initiative has already made her a local figure. In her town, where many adults don’t know the steps to obtain governmental support for improvements, Yenni took matters into her own hands. She rallied community support and had an electricity grid and faulty water pipes fixed for a sec...

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The Leader in Me Journey

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The website link below chronicles our amazing journey with The Leader in Me process. We are very excited to share this new website and hope you will have a chance to check it out. www.beaumonttogetherwelead.com Jan McCartan, PrincipalBeaumont Elementary, MI

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Creating leaders, one child at a time

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The 2011 economic development issue of South Carolina Business magazine.February 2, 2011Stephen R. Covey and David K. Hatch"Few are blind to the fact that there are problems in today’s schools. But amidst the challenges, there are encouraging success stories emerging. Among these victories is what is taking place with schools that are teaching principles of personal leadership in elementary sch...

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'7 Habits' author visits Cerritos

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The staff and students of Kyrene de los Cerritos welcomed author Sean Covey to their campus on Jan. 27 and showed how their school has integrated his 7 Habits into daily instruction.Covey, author of the best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, visited classrooms in each grade level and observed how his "habits" have played a part in the school's transition. Cerritos adopted the 7 Habits a...

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Year One Results (mid-year):

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  • More of a whole team attitude in the building regarding acceptable behavior .
  • A common language that we can all use during conflict resolution with the students and adults.
  • An overall decrease in small day to day behavior incidents .
  • The number of students sent to me for discipline has drastically been reduced.
  • The Leader in Me Day Assemblies have created a palpable positive attitude among students...

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Habit 7 Buddy Activities

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Every month we have an early release day. We use the morning for buddy activities that focus on the habits. This month was Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw. You will notice the focus on the four quadrants, how all the activities relate to the habit, and how well the older kids help their younger buddies. It is just priceless.Matt Miller, PrincipalStanton Elementary, MO

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Blaine County schools adopt ‘7 Habits’ program, develops pint-sized leaders

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By Karen Bossick | MagicValley.com | January 27, 2011HAILEY — Madilyn Whitesell jumped from her seat and extended her tiny hand to Hailey Elementary Principal Tom Bailey as he entered the door of her kindergarten class.“Hello, my name is Madilyn. Welcome to our classroom,” she said. “I’m today’s leader greeter.”The pint-sized kindergartner is also part of a giant experiment in two Blaine County...

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The 7 Habits in Columbia

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[/caption]Here in Columbia, we have fashioned a leadership-oriented youth club, based on the 7 Habits – mixing educational and fun activities that the kids really enjoy!Using the habits as a guide, we’ve developed songs, games, and activities to really help the kids internalize Covey’s...

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Very Proud

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This year we decided to have a holiday door decorating contest featuring The Leader in Me theme. It made the building look so festive when parents come for the holiday concert! The kids were very proud to show off the doors to their parents. Happy New Year!Sally DeFinnis, Principal14th Street Elementary, PA[caption id="attachment_721" align="alignleft" width="216" caption="Settle Your Differenc...

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Great Potential

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Our action plan was developed by our entire school team during training with our FranklinCovey consultant. We then presented the plan to parents. We love The Leader in Me and have seen great potential in our kids…putting them in charge of their learning really has made a tremendous difference!.Janet Valeri, PrincipalLedge Street Elementary, NH

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Highlights of My Trip to India

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Recently I was asked to visit India to meet with the chancellor of a government run school organization. This organization has hundreds of schools and is highly regarded in India as a leading-edge government school organization. They are launching a Leader in Me pilot program with 20 of their schools and believe the content will have a strong impact on both their teachers and students. Many of ...

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Synergy in Action!

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Central Elementary school staff and students recently welcomed educators from Washington Elementary and Blessed Sacrament of Quincy, IL. The guests attended morning meetings followed by a student-led tour of the school. During the tour, each class was able to share something about the 7 Habits and Leadership. At the conclusion, all three Leader in Me teams met to present to one another and disc...

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Team Rally

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Below is a link to video of our second quarter team rally. Not only were the students’ accomplishments amazing but notice the public speaking leaders who introduced each set of awards, the greeter leaders who practiced their greeting skills, the priceless excitementof the kids ... and the kids at the end being genuinely happy for one another. It speaks for itself.Matt Miller, PrincipalStanton E...

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RUDOLPH THE REACTIVE REINDEER

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I wanted to share with you the 7 Habits version of Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer that I wrote for the Cerritos Leadership Academy staff. Have a wonderful holiday! Rudolph the reactive reindeer,had a bad attitude.And if you ever saw him,you would probably say he's rude. All of the other reindeerwondered what would make him change.They knew the 7 Habits,and worried that Rudolph had been shortcha...

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Children Teach the Habits

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Hailey Elementary is a PreK -5 school in the middle of beautiful Sun Valley, Idaho. We began the Leader in Me process this summer when the entire staff came in a week early to take the Leader in Me four day workshop.There is such great enthusiasm in our school! The teachers, staff, and custodians are speaking the language of the 7 habits, the walls have sayings, the bulletin boards demonstrate ...

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What is the Perfect Gift for a Mentor?

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Thanking the people who help us is a natural thing to do this time of year. The Compass Program partners each of the 114 Southern Middle School students in the Aberdeen, NC program with a mentor. The mentors are certified in the 7 Habits and assist their students in learning and applying the habits to move closer to their aspirations for the future.The mentors give so much of their time and the...

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What is a Resource Scout?

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As a Delivery Consultant for FranklinCovey Education, I am always impressed by the creativity of educators. Recently a new position titled “Resource Scout” was brought to my attention. This person’s task is to gather leadership resources for the staff. What a great idea! I was asked for suggestions for this role and thought other schools may find the comments helpful. I hope you are one of them...

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English Estates Sharpens the Saw

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At English Estates we try to start each year with a revitalizing activity to Sharpen the Saw. This year, we had a staff lunch and then went to a local bowling alley, dressed in bright T-shirts that said “Make a Strike with Leadership". Teachers were welcomed by the Leadership is Elementary Committee and then split into groups to synergize on a different 7 Habits activity at each lane. We bowled...

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We Are Reaching Our Goals!

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Yesterday, our school hosted 20+ educators. Our greeter leaders welcomed them and gave them a tour of the building. Our visitors then toured various classrooms: Kindergarten recited their daily pledge and mission statement, 3rd grade discussed personal mission statements, and 5th grade reviewed PANs. But, the AMAZING moment came in 4th grade. When we entered the classroom, the students were sit...

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Winchester Elementary Celebrates School's History

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As part of an ongoing class history project, Winchester Elementary students celebrated the 71st anniversary of their school’s opening on Monday, Nov. 29 with a parade and assembly that included several alumni and the school's first principal.In researching the school’s history, fifth-graders discovered the Winchester School was opened the Monday after Thanksgiving in 1939 with a parade from the...

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The Seven Habits of Happy Pilgrims

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The Kindergartners have been very busy! They integrated the study of Thanksgiving with the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People . They discussed how the Pilgrims were proactive in making the choice to leave England so they could pray the way they wanted. They began with the end in mind when they decided they wanted to make a new life for themselves. They put first things first by building houses...

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Seeing is Believing—Leadership Day at English Estates

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As the former principal of English Estates it was thrilling to see the program thriving in the face of a leadership change. Leadership and the 7 Habits are so integrated in the culture of the school that they are not dependent on personality or individuals. It is truly the "way we do things around here." To me, that is the sign of a successful implementation and a vibrant program. Leadership Da...

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Seeing is Believing—Leadership Day at English Estates

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As the former principal of English Estates it was thrilling to see the program thriving in the face of a leadership change. Leadership and the 7 Habits are so integrated in the culture of the school that they are not dependent on personality or individuals. It is truly the "way we do things around here." To me, that is the sign of a successful implementation and a vibrant program. Leadership Da...

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Truly remarkable and inspirational! All of our children can and do make a difference!

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Four years ago, 8 year old Kate showed leadership by writing to a soldier serving in Afghanistan for a school project. Tragically, the letter never made it to him as he died on duty. The letter, however, was sent to his parents with the soldier’s belongings. The parents continue to keep in contact with Kate to this day. Kate recently emailed her former teacher .Mike Fritz, PrincipalJoseph Welsh...

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Leadership Powerpoint

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This powerpoint was  created as a reflection of our first quarter. We have used it with parents and staff.Enjoy!Leadership PowerpointMatt Miller, PrincipalStanton Elementary, MO

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How Integrated Learning Is Tied Together...Dale Chihuly, Art, and The 7 Habits

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It's amazing! Once you are tuned in to the concept of the "7 Habits," it is clear that the principles apply to all of life's situations, including the art of Dale Chihuly. In Meet the Masters this month, we studied the life and times of Dale Chihuly. In art class, seventh-graders created a collaborative work in his style. The end was in mind—a spectacular project!Put First Things First: Chihuly...

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The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People Brought to Life through the MS Art Program

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Collaboration was evident in the hallways during Drug Awareness Week, October 25-29, at Donna Klein Jewish Academy in Boca Raton, Florida. Annually, students embark upon various assignments and projects that emphasize the importance of abstaining from drug use. This year, an exciting new project was introduced, bringing art, computer technology, and guidance classes t...

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Digital Scavenger Hunt

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On a recent PD day, 100 teachers, in groups of 6-7, were given 50 minutes to go through the school and find examples of 21st century skills being applied. The link below is the video from the winning team on the digital scavenger hunt. This link will shows video from the winning team: http://www.youtube.com/user/kirbyplata.Scott Gregory, PrincipalDavid E. Smith Elementary, TX
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The Special Needs of Children

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As a former special education teacher, I am thrilled with the success stories coming out of The Leader in Me schools. Special needs children are responding to being leaders in remarkable ways!Perhaps you have your own story of how the leadership initiative is working with your special needs children. Send your stories to me at judy.yauch@franklincovey.com and I will have them posted on The Lead...

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The Special Needs of Children

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As a former special education teacher, I am thrilled with the success stories coming out of The Leader in Me schools. Special needs children are responding to being leaders in remarkable ways!Perhaps you have your own story of how the leadership initiative is working with your special needs children. Send your stories to me at judy.yauch@franklincovey.com and I will have them posted on The Lead...

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What Parents Need to Know to Help Their Children Succeed in School

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This year for our Open House/Curriculum Night we decided to let the students be "in charge.” As parents arrived, students greeted them at the door with a warm handshake and a bright smile. When they entered the auditorium, we showed a video of our Leadership Day from the previous year. One of the second graders acted as the MC for the night, introducing teachers and special visitors. Students f...

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Teaching the 7 habits in Kindergarten has been life changing!

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I had a young man enter my Kindergarten class who changed my life. He could not communicate very well and was born without fingers on his right hand. Even so, he took care of my fully functioning kids by teaching them how to open their milk and packages. He was functioning with half of what others had and gave them no excuse to not learn how! He also taught us how to be unselfish as he would in...

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The Rainbow in Red Deer, Alberta

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Our “rainbow” of t-shirts started with a donation from a local optometrist—a man with “vision.” The students proudly wear them to every assembly, in the community, while mentoring and doing their other jobs in the school, and during their 'mandatory' voluntary community service.Each year the classes pass their shirts onto the upcoming students at our year end assembly.7 colours, 7 colour...

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Leadership T-Shirts

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I have been asked several times for leadership t-shirt ideas so I went to the experts—our Leader in Me Schools! Below are some of the ideas that have been sent to me. These creative shirts may inspire you to create your own design or perhaps form a group whose leadership role it is to gather ideas from students, parents, and staff.However you arrive at your design, everyone will be proud to wea...

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Educators learn how to make students leaders

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More than 200 education and business leaders showed up for the Leader In Me Luncheon at Trident Technical College on Thursday. The intention was to spread the good news about a student leadership program at Summerville Elementary School in Dorchester District 2, which has become the first South Carolina School to adopt author Stephen Covey’s “7 Habits Of Highly Effective People.”The keynote spe...

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Learning life skills - Program teaches children habits of effective people

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Ten-year-old Tierra Gadsden knows school work has to come before everything else."Put first things first," the Summerville Elementary School fifth-grader said, citing one of the "Seven Habits of Happy Kids.""If you do that, you'll get more done," she said.Summerville Elementary has launched a school-wide program called "The Leader in Me," which is based on the habits presented in Stephen R. Cov...

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Model behavior - Summerville school adopts leadership habits

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In Kathy Green's classroom at Summerville Elementary School, every child is a leader.The students in her fourth-grade gifted and talented class take on a leadership role they have assigned themselves. From behavior monitor to timekeeper, each position makes them feel valued, Green said.Stapled prominently on one of the classroom walls are the seven rules the class abides by to show leadership. ...

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Queens College Press Release

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Learning From Our Young Leaders

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Learning From Our Young LeadersAmy HuffFeature Writer – The Fenton Current News Magazine – Pacific Missouri The morning of Tuesday, September 21 started off like no other I had experienced before. As I made my way to the entrance of Stanton Elementary School in Fenton, I was greeted by the four smiling faces of Blake, Zoe, Taylor and Makayo. They each introduced themselves, shook my hand then t...

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Writing on the Wall

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I can’t wait to tell you about how I can be proactive! First, I will never give up. Next, I will always find something to do. Last, I will never blame someone for what I did. This is how I can be Proactive!

As the Director of Writing for a K-8 school, I am always looking for topics that will inspire the students and The Leader in Me has certainly inspired them! The students recently learned abo...

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Creekside students owning new ‘Seven Habits’ program

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Fifth-grader Annie Tang likes to play with the neighbors right after school. But since the new school year began at Creekside Elementary, she has put first things first: homework.Her attitude didn’t just change out of the blue. Her perspective on work and play, along with hundreds of her schoolmates, has changed since Creekside teachers and administrators introduced them to a new leadership pro...

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Learning about the Leader In Me

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Parents of students at B.H. Tharrington Primary School had the opportunity to learn about a new program the school will implement this year during a meeting Thursday night.The information session for The Leader In Me, a model based on Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” was designed to give parents a heads up about what their students will be learning this year.Tharringto...

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The Special Needs of Children

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As a former special education teacher, I am thrilled with the success stories coming out of The Leader in Me schools. The special needs children are responding to being leaders in remarkable ways!Perhaps you have your own story of how the leadership initiative is working with your special needs children. Send your stories to me at judy.yauch@franklincovey.com and I will have them posted on    T...

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Calendar of Events

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Want us to post your upcoming event on The Leader in Me Events Calendar?  Send your event to theleaderinme@franklincovey.com .  Include title, description, date, school and link.[events-calendar-large]

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Calendar of Events

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Want us to post your upcoming event on The Leader in Me Events Calendar?  Send your event to theleaderinme@franklincovey.com .  Include title, description, date, school and link.[events-calendar-large]

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Year Two

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Starting the second year of implementation of The Leader in Me has been so exciting! We are enjoying the progress we have seen from last year to this year in our 500 K-5 students. Our end in mind is to become a Lighthouse School and one way I help is to write a weekly staff newsletter that informs, encourages, and saves teachers’ time. I write about positive things happening in our building and...

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Town Meetings

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Our Leadership Model at A.B. Combs is stronger than ever! Last year we added a new and exciting component to our model as we strive to provide students with more leadership opportunities and lessons: Town Meetings. All students participate every other week in these 45-minute assemblies that focus on leadership qualities.The feedback is tremendous! Our students are cultivating their own leadersh...

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Third Creek embraces "Leader in Me"

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"Take me, train me, be firm with me and I will place the world at your feet. Be easy with me, and I will destroy you. Who am I? I am Habit." -- anonymousWith a firm handshake and a shy smile, Lailia looks the newest visitors to her classroom in the eye and asks how she can help them.  Although her fourth-grade classmates are clearly curious about why their prinicpal, Amy Rhyne, has just walked ...

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What an Amazing Start!

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We are so excited to be a new Leader in Me school! The staff is energized, the community is engaged, the school is transformed , and the students are anxious to get started. Most recently, we held our Meet & Greet and it was so overwhelmingly popular that the press covered it and we ran out of parking spaces. What an amazing start!Jan McCartan, PrincipalBeaumont Elementary, MI Newspaper Article...

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Educating the Community

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The article below is from a FranklinCovey Contract Delivery Consultant, Mike Sissel. Mike is writing an ongoing series of articles for his local newspaper. The article is a great example of educating the community about The Leader in Me.If you were to drive past the newly named Kyrene de los Cerritos: A Leadership Academy in Ahwatukee, it would appear that nothing more than the name has changed...

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News article on Tucker Elementary, a TLIM School in Georgia.

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Mayor Jimmy Faircloth and other city officials met Monday with about 100 fifth-graders at Tucker Elementary to connect the students to Perry’s movers and shakers as part of a school leadership program.The “Leader in Me” program, now in its third year at the school, instills character values in second- through fifth-grade students based on “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People,” Principal...

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Creating Future Leaders at Reingold Elementary School

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The Reingold Leadership Academy was created out of a desire to improve school climate by helping each student and adult in our community develop their own sense of leadership. We believe using the methodology of The Leader in Me powered by The 7 Habits will allow us to achieve this goal.Goals
  • Empower students to become leaders of their lives in and out of school
  • Give parents additional tools to f...

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Creating Future Leaders at Reingold Elementary School

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The Reingold Leadership Academy was created out of a desire to improve school climate by helping each student and adult in our community develop their own sense of leadership. We believe using the methodology of The Leader in Me powered by The 7 Habits will allow us to achieve this goal.Goals
  • Empower students to become leaders of their lives in and out of school
  • Give parents additional tools to f...

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A New Year

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This is one of the responses I received from a teacher after we started the new school year. It is very telling of the level of enthusiasm and commitment we have here.My transition students love it when they can use the vocabulary they have learned from the 7 habits book and lessons.The Behavior Specialist has started her social skills training lessons and will be focusing on the 7 Habits as we...

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Calling All Schools!

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A recent blog post asked for the Leader in Me Community to vote for a school that is going after a Pepsi grant. Since the blog posted, we have learned about other schools also involved in this grant run. If you are one of those schools, please let me know and we’ll be happy to help. You can contact me at judy.yauch@franklincovey.com.

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Calling All Schools!

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A recent blog post asked for the Leader in Me Community to vote for a school that is going after a Pepsi grant. Since the blog posted, we have learned about other schools also involved in this grant run. If you are one of those schools, please let me know and we’ll be happy to help. You can contact me at judy.yauch@franklincovey.com.

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Imagine if you had the chance to change the lives of 13000 students… with the click of a mouse! Would you do it?

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We need your daily vote in the “Refresh Life Choices” grant challenge… through September 30th. The "Refresh Life Choices" project connects the creativity and passion of local leaders with resources to empower them to lead more than 5,000 students to make quality life choices every day.  They will do this by teaching habits that cause children to live with responsibility, vision, integrity, cons...

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Imagine if you had the chance to change the lives of 13000 students… with the click of a mouse! Would you do it?

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We need your daily vote in the “Refresh Life Choices” grant challenge… through September 30th. The "Refresh Life Choices" project connects the creativity and passion of local leaders with resources to empower them to lead more than 5,000 students to make quality life choices every day.  They will do this by teaching habits that cause children to live with responsibility, vision, integrity, cons...

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Leaders for Life

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Joseph Welsh School in Alberta, Canada was a good school; students were achieving, parents were happy, and teachers were satisfied. However, Principal Mike Fritz knew it could be better.Trained in The Leader in Me in 2007, Mike and his staff started to teach and reinforce the 7 Habits and began to see remarkable results. In 2010, the Center for Advanced Research launched an investigation into t...

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Second Annual Global Education Summit

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For those of you that joined us for our Second Annual Education Summit at California University Aug. 4-5, I want to thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule. I hope you wholeheartedly agree that your time was well spent.The amount of enthusiasm, engagement, energy, and initiative produced by the educators and presenters was awesome. I absolutely loved being with all of you—sharin...

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The 7 Habits through Music

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At Moulton Elementary, we have had great success teaching the 7 Habits through music. There have been several requests for more information so I thought I would share one of our songs.Paige Terry, PrincipalMoulton Elementary, ALHabit 2 Begin With the End in MindEnd in mindEnd in mindBegin With the End in MindSet your goals todayI do things to make a differenceMake a differenceMake a differenceI...

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The Leader in Me Goes to Australia

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July 15, 2010This afternoon I gave a presentation to FranklinCovey facilitators and about 20 educators from around Australia on English Estates and The Leader in Me program. Such an honor to be asked to share how English Estates has implemented Leadership is Elementary! Many Australian schools are in the process of becoming Leader in Me schools. It is a great experience to meet educators from o...

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The Year Begins With the 7 Habits

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Excitement around the habits is built each Monday morning when students are treated to a staff-created skit. For seven weeks a different group of staff, including secretarial and custodial members, put on their creative hats and produce an amazing skit! The habit is then reinforced in the classroom through existing curriculum and The Leader in Me Activity Guides.The pictures below shows the res...

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Pinocchio Learns a Lesson

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Recently, the Homer Brink Elementary Fifth Graders treated their audience to the 7 Habits version of Pinocchio. Incorporating the habits illustrated how Pinocchio’s story was different once he learned the importance of using the 7 Habits.Our end in mind is to be a District of Leadership. Our journey has been inspiring and these Fifth Graders show one more way we are incorporating the habits int...

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Never So Proud

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April 30, 2010 was like a dream come true! Everything we planned for our Leadership Day went so smoothly it brought tears to my eyes. We had over 120 guests visit Winchester Elementary and the kids just rose to the occasion. We began with a bus tour of the area, breakfast in the gym , student tours of our school, students individual piano performances, and kiosks that were set up with "a year i...

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The Power of Community

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Partnerships between schools and businesses have not always been widespread.  However, that trend is changing as many communities are realizing the importance of the connection between youth education and future employees/citizens.As the Chamber of Commerce in Guntersville, AL we saw this potential with The Leader in Me process. Through a supportive relationship and financial contributions, the...

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First Impressions

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Before a step is taken into a school, the condition of the gardens, cleanliness, and posted messages tell what is important to the members of the school.  As we started The Leader in Me journey, I was looking for a way to let everyone know about the process we were so excited about.I had inspirational words in our garden already so it occurred to me that the 7 Habits in the garden would be perf...

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First Impressions

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Before a step is taken into a school, the condition of the gardens, cleanliness, and posted messages tell what is important to the members of the school.  As we started The Leader in Me journey, I was looking for a way to let everyone know about the process we were so excited about.I had inspirational words in our garden already so it occurred to me that the 7 Habits in the garden would be perf...

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Singing With the Habits

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I love music and my students respond so positively to it that I decided to write songs about each of the habits. Try these out with your students, they’ll love singing about the habits!peter_rawitsch
Peter Rawitsch, 1st grade teacherGlenmont Elementary School, NY
I Am A LeaderBased on the song, “I’m A Believer”, as performed by The Monkees and inspired by the book, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, by ...

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100% Commitment!!

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Recently our staff conducted their official vote for our 21st century proposal to the district.    Our proposal is to become a Leader in Me school and getting an official vote is required by the teacher's union. When the votes were tallied, we had a 100% commitment! I was thrilled to have this kind of enthusiasm from the staff. Then we found out that our school is the first in the district to r...

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There's a Leader In Me!

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As my school participates in The Leader in Me process, my thought was to write a poem that would:
  1. Be a classroom reminder
  2. Serve as a model for the seven habits at our school
  3. Inform parents of our new vocabulary
  4. Be a motto for our school
We, the students of Jim Pearson School,Show leadership by following seven, simple rules,We are Proactive and Begin With the End in Mind,We are becoming leaders, one...

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These stats affirm our 7 Habits Journey!

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In Alberta, Canada we poll our students, parents, and staff every year. In May, Alberta Education released its May Accountability Pillar Survey results. Our results were the highest we have ever had!For example:
  • Students are taught the attitudes and behaviors that will make them successful at work when they leave school—100% agreement.
  • Students treat each other well at school—100% agreement.
  • Stude...

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7 Habits Trail Mix

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We used this activity with our faculty, who in turn used it with the students, who took the recipe home to share with their parents. We filtered the 7 Habits from teachers to students to parents!Each of the scoops below represents a day of the week. Please take 7 scoops of each item and place them in a Ziplock sandwich bag. Using the 7 Habits all seven days of the week helps us be a successful ...

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Six Essential Ingredients

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Over 30 years ago, Dr. Lezotte and his colleagues Ron Edmonds, Wilbur Brookover, and other Effective Schools researchers identified the common characteristics of successful schools--schools where all children learn. The research of these dedicated individuals refuted the notion that schools had no impact on learning and, in doing so, identified the Correlates of Effective Schools—Instructional ...

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Appropriate Note Passing

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At Stuard Elementary, each of our hallways is labeled to reflect the 7 Habits . Labeling our hallways is one of the ways we use our environment to show what is important to the members of the school.Operating our internal post office is one of our LEAD roles. Letters can be “mailed” using the student’s name, hallway name, and classroom number. Students learn to compose a letter and address an e...

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It’s Not Always Easy To Do The Right Thing

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Our fifth graders participate annually in an inter school basketball league. Part of the way through the season, the girls’ team came to my office en mass to talk. They told me that a team they played did not follow the 7 Habits and it really upset them. Apparently there was name calling, pushing, and cheering when our team missed shots. I asked them how they handled it. They said they continue...

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Kyra Finds Her Voice

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Kyra Fox is a 7 year old non-verbal Autistic girl. She is in grade 2 and communicates using sign language and with a computer talker.  Her smile and laugh brighten the days of many, and inspire all those who come into contact with her.Every couple of years each school in our District is required to make a report to the Board of Trustees.  Our Vision Statement proclaims that all of our children ...

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Kyra Finds Her Voice

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Kyra Fox is a 7 year old non-verbal Autistic girl. She is in grade 2 and communicates using sign language and with a computer talker.  Her smile and laugh brighten the days of many, and inspire all those who come into contact with her.Every couple of years each school in our District is required to make a report to the Board of Trustees.  Our Vision Statement proclaims that all of our children ...

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LEAD: Leaders Each Assisting Differently

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At Stuard Elementary, students apply for LEAD opportunities. Good judgment, excellent school attendance, dependability, reliability, and upstanding citizenship in and out of school are traits we look for when filling the positions. Students who are offered positions sign a contract detailing leadership behavior and performance expectations. LEAD roles are highly regarded and give our students a...

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LEAD: Leaders Each Assisting Differently

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At Stuard Elementary, students apply for LEAD opportunities. Good judgment, excellent school attendance, dependability, reliability, and upstanding citizenship in and out of school are traits we look for when filling the positions. Students who are offered positions sign a contract detailing leadership behavior and performance expectations. LEAD roles are highly regarded and give our students a...

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The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us

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Daniel Pink, author of A Whole New Mind, has written a new book titled The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us. In his book Pink cites a company that has put “FedEx Days” in place. Periodically this company gives its software developers 24 hours to work any way they choose with the understanding that they will share the results with the rest of the company at the end of the 24 hours. They ...

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Secondary Vision Day

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Recently we held a Leader in Me Vision Day for 175 participants from Vestal High School---teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, clerical, custodians, and parents. Through careful planning, we set the stage and customized the day for a secondary audience. I hope that you find the information helpful.Mary M. SurdeyAsst. Superintendent for Instruction, Vestal Central School District• The Le...

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Secondary Vision Day

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Recently we held a Leader in Me Vision Day for 175 participants from Vestal High School---teachers, administrators, paraprofessionals, clerical, custodians, and parents. Through careful planning, we set the stage and customized the day for a secondary audience. I hope that you find the information helpful.Mary M. SurdeyAsst. Superintendent for Instruction, Vestal Central School District• The Le...

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An Empowered Student

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Like some Intermediate students in Grade 7, a boy in our school was starting to shut down, not completing work, and beginning to act out. His teacher tried many different things to help him, without much success. She decided to get him involved in a process to see if he could change and work to his potential.  The teacher came to me to see if I would be able to sit and work with them to help cr...

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“In God we Trust, all others bring Data.”

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This sign sits on the desks of numerous school administrators. It has always brought a bit of a sad smile to my face because there is so much truth behind it. The role of data in schools is mandated, and essential. Every organization needs to track progress, or lack thereof. What concerns me is the “soft skills” such as teamwork, creativity, adaptability, accountability, leadership, initiative,...

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Ownership of the Leadership Culture

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Everyone in our K-8 school has been trained in the 7 Habits—teachers, administrator, secretary, custodian, educational assistants, teacher librarian, and parent reps.  Giving all school members ownership of the leadership culture has encouraged creativity and teamwork.*For example, our third and fourth grade teachers spend the first 15 minutes of each morning catching up with five students on a...

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“Within the character of the citizen lies the welfare of the nation.”

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Last summer, professional development trainers in our district capitalized on the leadership talents, strengths, and potential of 46 middle and high students by leading them through 7 Habits training. The students watched FranklinCovey videos, engaged in interactive dialogue, practiced time management exercises, and enacted role-playing scenarios to help internalize the concepts. The students t...

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I want to live vicariously through whoever takes this job!

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PSKD Mandiri School in Jakarta, Indonesia is one of those schools you wish all children could attend. The school is currently searching for a Teaching Learning Coach Secondary and Tya Adhitama, Executive Director, has asked me to reach out to The Leader in Me community in hope of finding a teacher knowledgeable in the 7 Habits. I am inspired by this school and honored to help them find the perf...

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I want to live vicariously through whoever takes this job!

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PSKD Mandiri School in Jakarta, Indonesia is one of those schools you wish all children could attend. The school is currently searching for a Teaching Learning Coach Secondary and Tya Adhitama, Executive Director, has asked me to reach out to The Leader in Me community in hope of finding a teacher knowledgeable in the 7 Habits. I am inspired by this school and honored to help them find the perf...

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Global Growth

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The Leader in Me has gone full circle—literally! The Leader in Me journey is taking us around the globe and is positively impacting thousands of children. Country after country, school after school, and child after child, The Leader in Me is answering the comment FranklinCovey often hears following 7 Habits training, “I wish I had this training earlier in life.”Recently, schools in Indonesia, t...

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Global Growth

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The Leader in Me has gone full circle—literally! The Leader in Me journey is taking us around the globe and is positively impacting thousands of children. Country after country, school after school, and child after child, The Leader in Me is answering the comment FranklinCovey often hears following 7 Habits training, “I wish I had this training earlier in life.”Recently, schools in Indonesia, t...

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Be Proactive with Sammy Squirrel

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Sammy Squirrel and Sean Covey’s other “happy kids” have given me a great way to support our school’s leadership focus during library. Using The 7 Habits of Happy Kids book, I read Chapter 1: Bored! Bored! Bored! to the first grade classes and we discussed what Be Proactive means.  Then we discussed what Be Proactive means in the library. The picture below illustrates some of the answers the stu...

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Video of Ideas

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At Winchester Elementary, we are fairly new to The Leader in Me but you would never know it by the wealth of great ideas coming out of our students, staff, and parents. The video illustrates ideas we used in the fall to get the school year started strong. It includes ideas for the library, the literacy program, and the classrooms. We made this video to share with our parents, and our community....

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Hosting Leadership Day

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As the Leadership Teacher at East Richland Elementary School, I began our Leadership Day by welcoming guests and outlining the agenda for the day.  Our principals, Suzanne Hahn and Dan Cox, then shared our journey of creating a common vision. We were already a good school but our initiatives were “Random Acts of Excellence.”   They were not coordinated and focused. The Leader in Me helped us to...

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Everyone a Leader; Everyone a Teacher

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Imagine that you are camping and want to "have" a fire. You can do this quickly, with little effort or imagination. In fact, only one person is needed. Simply place a pressed, wrapped wood product soaked in a combustible material onto the ground. With just the flick of a lighter, you will have a friendly glow. This will last a planned amount of time, it will stay within the boundaries, and ther...

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Mandated Curriculum and the 7 Habits

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One of our social studies and math objectives for first grade is to expose children to time lines and how they are used. When I heard Stephen Covey speak at Oakland Schools a few weeks ago he said that when he asked a child what he was the leader of, the child responded that he was the leader of his life. To me that was a profound thing for a child to understand and state.My class knows they ar...

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Sweet Summertime

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I think it is important to approach summer with a sense of balance. Begin with the end of summer in mind. How do you want to feel when summer is over? I know that I want 2 things. I want to feel refreshed, and I want to be prepared. I will spend a lot of time with my family. I will also read The 8th Habit, I will go the 7 Habits Signature Training in late July, and I will continue to read the L...

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Leadership Liaisons

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We are well on our way to accomplishing one of our district goals—to become a District of Leadership—and our Leadership Liaisons are one of the reasons for our momentum. The Leadership Liaisons encourage leadership initiatives in their schools; they teach leadership lessons, encourage leadership activities, and provide examples of how leadership can be part of each and every day.With the Leader...

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The Rogers and Hammerstein of Rowlett Elementary

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What do you get when you incorporate the 7 Habits into an Arts and Communication Magnet School? Lots of creative ideas! First, Lindalee wrote poems about the habits. Then Meg set the poems to music. At Rowlett, we have found that a catchy tune really cements the concepts in the children’s minds. Even our principal walks around humming the songs!We hope you enjoy them.Be ProactiveThe Habit TreeR...

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The Rogers and Hammerstein of Rowlett Elementary

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What do you get when you incorporate the 7 Habits into an Arts and Communication Magnet School? Lots of creative ideas! First, Lindalee wrote poems about the habits. Then Meg set the poems to music. At Rowlett, we have found that a catchy tune really cements the concepts in the children’s minds. Even our principal walks around humming the songs!We hope you enjoy them.Be ProactiveThe Habit TreeR...

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Empowering Students

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During the 2008-2009 school year 91% of our parents attended at least one parent conference. Data notebooks and student-led conferences played a big role in achieving that number. These two strategies empower students to take ownership of their own learning. Tracking progress in their data notebooks and knowing they will personally share the progress with their parents has been a big motivator ...

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I Make My Own Weather

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Making your own weather is a metaphor Dr. Covey uses to explain that it is a choice whether to allow other people to alter your mood. My first graders and I discuss how sometimes people do things that could make us mad or angry. However, they are leaders and leaders can choose whether they get mad or angry. Just today Emma came to me and said her friend, Tanya, said she wasn't her friend anymor...

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The Community Notebook

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One way our second grade teachers keep parents involved in The Leader in Me process is through a Community Notebook. Each Friday, students write how they have used the habits in their daily activities to work toward their goals for the week. Over the weekend, students share the notebook with their parents. This encourages parents to look at their own lives and see how they can also use the habi...

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Celebrating the 7 Habits

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At Moulton Elementary, our staff has developed creative ways to celebrate the 7 Habits with our students. The introduction of Dudley Do-Right and Leadership Lulu to our pep rallies has been a big hit. The students love these characters!To celebrate Habit 1: Be Proactive, we created the Leader Song.
Special, Special, Special MeWhat a Leader I Will Be.I’ll use Habits 1, 2, 3You Will See a Change i...

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Celebrating the 7 Habits

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At Moulton Elementary, our staff has developed creative ways to celebrate the 7 Habits with our students. The introduction of Dudley Do-Right and Leadership Lulu to our pep rallies has been a big hit. The students love these characters!To celebrate Habit 1: Be Proactive, we created the Leader Song.
Special, Special, Special MeWhat a Leader I Will Be.I’ll use Habits 1, 2, 3You Will See a Change i...

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Making Deposits with Parents at English Estates

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At English Estates, we have an active PTA that plans Family Fun Fest , International Night , Astronomy Night and more!

Our Parent Academy offers programs to help parents learn about the curriculum and school practices, meet other parents, and receive materials to help their children at home . We notify parents by newsletter, flyers, our phone notification system, and with personal contact. One o...

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The 7 Habits Go To the Library

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I am the librarian at Moulton Elementary, a K-3 school in Alabama and my goal is to make the 7 Habits come alive throughout the students’ day. My students are learning how the habits can help them everywhere , even in the library!Using the audio version of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, we listen to each story together while incorporating an author study on Sean Covey. The students are very excite...

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The 7 Habits Go To the Library

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I am the librarian at Moulton Elementary, a K-3 school in Alabama and my goal is to make the 7 Habits come alive throughout the students’ day. My students are learning how the habits can help them everywhere , even in the library!Using the audio version of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, we listen to each story together while incorporating an author study on Sean Covey. The students are very excite...

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The Leader in Me classroom

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Reading through the blog posts is very inspirational. There are so many amazing examples of schools from all over embracing The Leader in Me process! My hope is that we can build a world-wide community of schools that are committed to bringing leadership to kids. Imagine thousands of schools around the globe all working together and all committed to teaching kids the vital 21st century skills t...

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Keeping the 7 Habits Alive

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One way we keep the 7 Habits “alive” at English Estates Elementary School is by regularly revisiting the content and sharing ideas. Today, during our regularly scheduled monthly staff meeting, we focused on the Emotional Bank Account.The meeting included several relevant resources:
  1. We watched the Emotional Bank Account video from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People course.
  2. I shared an article...

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Keeping the 7 Habits Alive

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One way we keep the 7 Habits “alive” at English Estates Elementary School is by regularly revisiting the content and sharing ideas. Today, during our regularly scheduled monthly staff meeting, we focused on the Emotional Bank Account.The meeting included several relevant resources:
  1. We watched the Emotional Bank Account video from the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People course.
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"Yo Soy un Ser Proactivo" (I am Proactive)

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My name is Hugo Delgado and I live in Colombia, South America. Three years ago, I co-founded a foundation called "Yo Creo en Mí" . We work with children and teens from marginalized communities 200 miles south west of Bogota. After reading Dr. Covey's book The Leader in Me, I instantly bought the concept of the 7 Habits approach and the ubiquitous strategy to teach leadership skills to kids and ...

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To Stress or Not To Stress

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When things feel a bit out of control, my staff and I have found this activity helps.  Perhaps you will too.On post-its, each staff member writes six things that are causing them stress; three from home and three from school. We then walk around the room with the post-its stuck on our arm. Conversations with each other help in realizing which of the stressors are in our Circle of Control. The s...

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To Stress or Not To Stress

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When things feel a bit out of control, my staff and I have found this activity helps.  Perhaps you will too.On post-its, each staff member writes six things that are causing them stress; three from home and three from school. We then walk around the room with the post-its stuck on our arm. Conversations with each other help in realizing which of the stressors are in our Circle of Control. The s...

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The “perfect hum” of The Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools

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Imagine…* students given opportunities to discover their unique gifts and talents* students feeling important through contribution* students proud of themselves and their school* students connected and part of a whole* students reaching their potentialThrough a culture of leadership, The Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools offer their students all of these opportunities. You can feel the “perfect h...

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The “perfect hum” of The Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools

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Imagine…* students given opportunities to discover their unique gifts and talents* students feeling important through contribution* students proud of themselves and their school* students connected and part of a whole* students reaching their potentialThrough a culture of leadership, The Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools offer their students all of these opportunities. You can feel the “perfect h...

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Never in 35 years of teaching!

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Recently I introduced my first graders to goal-setting. Together, we created a classroom goal, made a plan, and set out to achieve it. Our goal: every child would know all their reading vocabulary by the end of the week. The children synergized, followed the plan, and cheered each other on. I have never in 35 years of teaching had this happen!The first week 11 children met the goal. The second ...

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Never in 35 years of teaching!

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Recently I introduced my first graders to goal-setting. Together, we created a classroom goal, made a plan, and set out to achieve it. Our goal: every child would know all their reading vocabulary by the end of the week. The children synergized, followed the plan, and cheered each other on. I have never in 35 years of teaching had this happen!The first week 11 children met the goal. The second ...

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The 7 Habits in Action

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The photo is of a 4’ X 8’ painted board that is mounted in our hallway. It shows examples of students practicing or demonstrating each of the 7 habits with an explanation for each picture. Our younger students and parents really enjoy looking at the display!7_habits_in_action

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Cooking up Synergy

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As we continue our journey with The Leader in Me process we discover new ways to bring the  7 Habits to our students, staff, and parents. To promote synergy among our staff we each bring an ingredient to a recipe to “create something better than any one of us could alone.” The ingredients are combined in a crock pot and we all enjoy the lunch we synergized to create.Our synergy lunch was so suc...

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Cooking up Synergy

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As we continue our journey with The Leader in Me process we discover new ways to bring the  7 Habits to our students, staff, and parents. To promote synergy among our staff we each bring an ingredient to a recipe to “create something better than any one of us could alone.” The ingredients are combined in a crock pot and we all enjoy the lunch we synergized to create.Our synergy lunch was so suc...

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I can be a leader, I can be a hero

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When all else fails...sing a song! That’s the lesson I learned when I created this song to stand out among applicants who also wanted to teach at English Estates Elementary School. Since my own children attend the school, I was very familiar with the habits and decided to sing the song during my second interview. It worked! I now use the song with the first graders. Singing has always been some...

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I can be a leader, I can be a hero

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When all else fails...sing a song! That’s the lesson I learned when I created this song to stand out among applicants who also wanted to teach at English Estates Elementary School. Since my own children attend the school, I was very familiar with the habits and decided to sing the song during my second interview. It worked! I now use the song with the first graders. Singing has always been some...

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Display an Alignment Visual

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Do members of your school community seem a bit confused about where The Leader in Me fits in with all that is going on in your school? Rise to this challenge with a visual. Create a hall display similar to the one shown here from A.B. Combs, a Signature elementary school. With a simple set of arrows, they clarified how their goals support their mission and vision and what strategies they employ...

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The Pace of Change

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Change is inevitable. Those who embrace the tools that best enable them to deal with change will survive and even thrive.The reason I am passionate about the 7 Habits and The Leader in Me is that the principles of personal effectiveness and interpersonal relationships are timeless and apply to every aspect of our lives. Everyone who embraces these concepts increases their potential to be succes...

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Attention The Leader in Me schools!

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Do you have an example of your students showing amazing leadership?Do you have a leadership/7 Habits lesson plan or project that you are particularly proud of?Well, other Leader in Me schools would love to hear about them—just think of the wealth of ideas available if we all think abundantly!Please send your idea, lesson plan, picture, document, song, etc. to:Judy.yauch@franklincovey.comBe sure...

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Attention The Leader in Me schools!

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Do you have an example of your students showing amazing leadership?Do you have a leadership/7 Habits lesson plan or project that you are particularly proud of?Well, other Leader in Me schools would love to hear about them—just think of the wealth of ideas available if we all think abundantly!Please send your idea, lesson plan, picture, document, song, etc. to:Judy.yauch@franklincovey.comBe sure...

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Leadership Day at Joseph Welsh School, Alberta, Canada

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Our Leadership Day was a great success! Over 150 guests attended, some from as far away as Nova Scotia. Excitement was the word of the day as Sean Covey visited the school to the delight of our students, staff, visitors, and parents. The students loved sharing how the 7 Habits are integrated in our school. A memorable day indeed![vimeo]http://vimeo.com/8581822[/vimeo]

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Leadership Day at Joseph Welsh School, Alberta, Canada

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Our Leadership Day was a great success! Over 150 guests attended, some from as far away as Nova Scotia. Excitement was the word of the day as Sean Covey visited the school to the delight of our students, staff, visitors, and parents. The students loved sharing how the 7 Habits are integrated in our school. A memorable day indeed![vimeo]http://vimeo.com/8581822[/vimeo]

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Tipping Our Hats to Leaders

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“Hat Day” is a much-loved tradition in many schools. Let’s face it—it’s a lot of fun!  As I work with schools to weave in the leadership focus we look at current traditions, like hat day. At first glance it appears that hat day does not fit with leadership. However, what if students chose a leader and wore a hat he/she would wear? What if they researched what made that leader significant? Sudde...

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Children’s Chat

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Involving students in leadership roles has been one of the highlights of our journey. I never cease to be amazed at their creative ideas and what they are capable of when given responsibility. Children’s Chat is a wonderful way to involve students and one of my favorites.How it works at A.B. Combs: Once a month a student leader is pulled out of each classroom for an hour to represent his or her...

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A New Way to Teach 7 Habits

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Teachers are some of the most creative people I know, constantly creating new and exciting ways for students to learn.An idea I discovered the other day is called Mix-It-Up Lunch. Teachers give each student a random number on a slip of paper. At lunch, students sit with other students who have the same number. Meeting new people, learning to accept differences, and moving out of their comfort z...

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A New Way to Teach 7 Habits

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Teachers are some of the most creative people I know, constantly creating new and exciting ways for students to learn.An idea I discovered the other day is called Mix-It-Up Lunch. Teachers give each student a random number on a slip of paper. At lunch, students sit with other students who have the same number. Meeting new people, learning to accept differences, and moving out of their comfort z...

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Data Notebooks

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Setting and tracking goals has long been a part of FranklinCovey—we’re pretty used to it here.  But when I visit a school and see students setting and tracking goals with such great enthusiasm, I am blown away every time. The pride students have in their Data Notebooks is phenomenal!Teachers tell us over and over again how students taking ownership of grades, behavior, and relationships make al...

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Data Notebooks

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Setting and tracking goals has long been a part of FranklinCovey—we’re pretty used to it here.  But when I visit a school and see students setting and tracking goals with such great enthusiasm, I am blown away every time. The pride students have in their Data Notebooks is phenomenal!Teachers tell us over and over again how students taking ownership of grades, behavior, and relationships make al...

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Leadership Roles

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What if every child walked excitedly into your classroom every day, eager to learn and be part of your class? What would that change? What would be possible?In our Lighthouse Schools, students want to come to school. What’s their secret? Students are given the opportunity to shine through leadership roles. The schools report amazing results as students not only take on the leadership roles but ...

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Leadership Roles

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What if every child walked excitedly into your classroom every day, eager to learn and be part of your class? What would that change? What would be possible?In our Lighthouse Schools, students want to come to school. What’s their secret? Students are given the opportunity to shine through leadership roles. The schools report amazing results as students not only take on the leadership roles but ...

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Joseph Welsh School Song - 'Leaders For Life'

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Our music teacher and students are very proud of this song and had a great time writing it. This song is used at special events, assemblies, and is posted on our website. At Joseph Welsh, everyone is empowered to contribute to our 7 Habits culture.

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Joseph Welsh School Song - 'Leaders For Life'

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Our music teacher and students are very proud of this song and had a great time writing it. This song is used at special events, assemblies, and is posted on our website. At Joseph Welsh, everyone is empowered to contribute to our 7 Habits culture.

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Community Mentoring

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We all know how meaningful a mentor can be to a student; sometimes the mentor is a parent or teacher, and sometimes it is a caring adult in the community. The COMPASS Project in Southern Pine, North Carolina matches students with community volunteer mentors. This group just completed 7 Habits training and I loved their idea of decorating a 7 Habits tree. Read the newsletter for more information...

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Community Mentoring

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We all know how meaningful a mentor can be to a student; sometimes the mentor is a parent or teacher, and sometimes it is a caring adult in the community. The COMPASS Project in Southern Pine, North Carolina matches students with community volunteer mentors. This group just completed 7 Habits training and I loved their idea of decorating a 7 Habits tree. Read the newsletter for more information...

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A 7 Habits® Night at School

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Most every school has special events in the evening for families to attend. Why not make it a    7 Habits event?Having a theme, or focus, will accomplish several things:

  1. The children’s learning of the 7 Habits will be reinforced as they prepare for the big night.
  2. The families will become familiar with the habits and able to reinforce the learning at home.
  3. The teachers will have a theme that is mor...

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A 7 Habits® Night at School

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Most every school has special events in the evening for families to attend. Why not make it a    7 Habits event?Having a theme, or focus, will accomplish several things:

  1. The children’s learning of the 7 Habits will be reinforced as they prepare for the big night.
  2. The families will become familiar with the habits and able to reinforce the learning at home.
  3. The teachers will have a theme that is mor...

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Captain Strong is stronger than ever!

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Emails like this make my day! Captain Strong Elementary gives their students leadership responsibilities, helping them to realize the potential they each have. The students are running with it. Now that's what I call success!

Hey Gary,Just dropping a line to see how you are. Things are great here at Captain Strong. We are still excited at what a leadership school can do for the students. All the...

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Captain Strong is stronger than ever!

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Emails like this make my day! Captain Strong Elementary gives their students leadership responsibilities, helping them to realize the potential they each have. The students are running with it. Now that's what I call success!

Hey Gary,Just dropping a line to see how you are. Things are great here at Captain Strong. We are still excited at what a leadership school can do for the students. All the...

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Data Collection

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Is it worth it? The Leader in Me is a significant investment for a school to make. To do it well, it takes both time and dollars. How will you know if you’re getting a good return on your investment? The truth is you won’t, unless you pay attention to your data.Data is a tool for succinctly communicating progress, especially if the data is numerical. Here are some examples of data that reflect ...

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Data Collection

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Is it worth it? The Leader in Me is a significant investment for a school to make. To do it well, it takes both time and dollars. How will you know if you’re getting a good return on your investment? The truth is you won’t, unless you pay attention to your data.Data is a tool for succinctly communicating progress, especially if the data is numerical. Here are some examples of data that reflect ...

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What does a Leader in Me school do every day to cultivate leadership in their students?

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Since this is one of the most FAQ we get at FranklinCovey, we went to one of our Lighthouse Schools for their suggestions and here is what we learned:
  • Post The 7 Habits with kid friendly definitions
  • Post the Classroom Mission Statement inside and outside the classroom
  • Post their Social Contract
  • Shake hands with students as they enter the room
  • Greeter
  • Leadership/language used in lessons weekly
  • Data N...

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What does a Leader in Me school do every day to cultivate leadership in their students?

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Since this is one of the most FAQ we get at FranklinCovey, we went to one of our Lighthouse Schools for their suggestions and here is what we learned:
  • Post The 7 Habits with kid friendly definitions
  • Post the Classroom Mission Statement inside and outside the classroom
  • Post their Social Contract
  • Shake hands with students as they enter the room
  • Greeter
  • Leadership/language used in lessons weekly
  • Data N...

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Great Things are happening at West Greene Elementary!

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West Greene Elementary teachers and students are experiencing great things through The Leader in Me process. The Assistant Superintendent recently stopped in and was so impressed that she felt compelled to write a thank you note to the teachers and administrators. It’s not often educators get a thank you note and I imagine this one was extra-special!

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Great Things are happening at West Greene Elementary!

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West Greene Elementary teachers and students are experiencing great things through The Leader in Me process. The Assistant Superintendent recently stopped in and was so impressed that she felt compelled to write a thank you note to the teachers and administrators. It’s not often educators get a thank you note and I imagine this one was extra-special!

West Greene 2009

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A School Song

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Sow a thought, reap an action. Sow an action, reap a habit. Sow a habit, reap a character. Sow a character, reap a destiny. This familiar verse begs the question: Where do the thoughts originate?  How do we sow a thought in the heads of students?One significant way is through language and song—a great teaching tool. Create a song using 7 Habits® words. Use an established song like Row, Row, Row...

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Life as a Teacher & Parent - Habit 3

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If you’re like most teachers, you want to give all you have to your students. But, you also want to give all you have to your family. How can you feel good about both?Habit 3, Put First Things First can help. Start each day by writing your three most important things for school and three most important things for home. As the day ends and your list is complete, a feeling of satisfaction from ta...

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The Possibilities are Endless

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Last Christmas, the principal at Avondale Meadows Upper Elementary School received The Leader in Me book from her husband. She shared it with her staff and they grabbed the concept and ran with it. She took five teachers to A.B. Combs for Leadership Day, had the staff trained, and now they are well on their way. In the words of the principal, “There is such excitement in the air you wouldn’t be...

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The Possibilities are Endless

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Last Christmas, the principal at Avondale Meadows Upper Elementary School received The Leader in Me book from her husband. She shared it with her staff and they grabbed the concept and ran with it. She took five teachers to A.B. Combs for Leadership Day, had the staff trained, and now they are well on their way. In the words of the principal, “There is such excitement in the air you wouldn’t be...

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Pickett's Mill Elementary

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The hallways of Pickett's Mill Elementary in Georgia are so creative and cute, I just had to share. They definitely have the environment ingredient covered! I hope that you will gain some inspiration from them.7 Habits- Ms. Towne
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Each unique child

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I recently ran across a quote by musician Pablo Casals and thought I would share. “What do we teach our children in school? We teach them that two and two make four, and that Paris is the capital of France. When will we also teach them what they are? We should say to each of them: Do you know what you are? You are a marvel. You are unique. In all of the world there is no other child exactly lik...

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7 Habits Garden

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You never know when a great 7 Habits idea will "bloom". This adorable wall from Pickett's Mill Elementary in Georgia caught my eye when I was visiting. The children understand they are "growing" their 7 Habits by practicing them at school and at home.7 Habits Garden

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7 Habits Garden

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You never know when a great 7 Habits idea will "bloom". This adorable wall from Pickett's Mill Elementary in Georgia caught my eye when I was visiting. The children understand they are "growing" their 7 Habits by practicing them at school and at home.7 Habits Garden

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7 Habits Song

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Teaching the 7 Habits in different forms brings out the creativity in everyone. Pickett’s Mill Elementary created a song. These girls are having so much fun they probably don’t even realize they’re learning![youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tte8RFrrGhI[/youtube]

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7 Habits Song

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Teaching the 7 Habits in different forms brings out the creativity in everyone. Pickett’s Mill Elementary created a song. These girls are having so much fun they probably don’t even realize they’re learning![youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tte8RFrrGhI[/youtube]

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Giving the vision life

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West Greene Elementary School in North Carolina has embraced the Leader in Me vision with enthusiasm! Take a look at the Action Plan they have created; it covers the six ingredients and is a great example of integrating The Leader in Me process into current systems and structures.West Greene Elementary Action Plan

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Using the 7 Habits® as Classroom Management

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Schools agree that using the 7 Habits throughout the school changes the culture in a positive way.  Having a common language is mentioned again and again as being the most important part of any successful program. With this in mind, using the 7 Habits as a classroom-management tool will provide a deeper understanding of the concepts. Additionally, schools report that because the 7 Habits are wr...

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Using the 7 Habits® as Classroom Management

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Schools agree that using the 7 Habits throughout the school changes the culture in a positive way.  Having a common language is mentioned again and again as being the most important part of any successful program. With this in mind, using the 7 Habits as a classroom-management tool will provide a deeper understanding of the concepts. Additionally, schools report that because the 7 Habits are wr...

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Bulletin Boards That Teach

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One way to seamlessly weave The Leader in Me into your teaching is to take advantage of the instructional strategies you already employ. For example, you create bulletin boards. Dedicate one or more as a teaching bulletin board for the 7 Habits®.Think about a challenge your students have, such as knowing when and when not to interrupt. Habit 3 can help teach them to distinguish between activiti...

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Parent Training in the 7 Habits®

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Parents add a lot to a school: volunteering, enthusiasm, new ideas, and funding. As such an important part of the school, offering training in the 7 Habits would include them in the common language of the school. In addition, the training would benefit the parents, the staff, and the students as they work together toward a common goal: to make the school the best it can be.But how to get a sign...

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Parent Training in the 7 Habits®

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Parents add a lot to a school: volunteering, enthusiasm, new ideas, and funding. As such an important part of the school, offering training in the 7 Habits would include them in the common language of the school. In addition, the training would benefit the parents, the staff, and the students as they work together toward a common goal: to make the school the best it can be.But how to get a sign...

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Teaching the 7 Habits® at the Beginning of the Year

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“I have more than a million things to do before school starts in a couple of weeks. I have to put up my bulletin boards…come up with a classroom theme and decorate my room accordingly…organize cupboards and counters…put nametags on the desks…plan a seating chart for children I have never met…write their names on every folder and notebook I give them…set my management plan…prepare to teach organ...

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Seize Teachable Moments

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Is it best to teach the 7 Habits® within the science curriculum? reading curriculum? physical education? the arts? The answer is yes, yes, yes, and yes. There is no one right curriculum for teaching habits of effective living. Rather, there are multiple rights.The 7 Habits are often introduced in isolation, one habit at a time. Though this is desirable, it is not enough.To convert them into pra...

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Using the 7 Habits in Staff and Committee Meetings

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Staff and committee meetings are a necessity; making decisions on which direction to go propels the school to improve and succeed. But how do you make the best of the time spent together?The 7 Habits can help keep the meeting moving forward, as well as develop the best ideas from a group of individual people. Which of the 7 Habits can help? Well, all of them, of course; but let’s focus on a few...

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About The Leader in Me

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The Leader in Me is a process designed around a belief that every child can be a leader. Schools and parents can help children realize their potential by valuing their unique worth, giving them opportunities to lead, and providing them with a foundation of timeless universal principles and practical skills. The Leader in Me process for schools involves training for teachers, administrators and ...

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