The Leader in Me is much more than a character education program. It is a cultural shift within the school that even takes hold and revolutionizes your staff and school’s culture, while providing the blueprint for our students to make a positive impact in the world. Students will read, discuss and thinking critically about topics and behaviors.
The Leader in Me was developed to fit a specific need in education that could be met by applying the concepts that had been effectively used to revolutionize Fortune 500 companies through Stephen Coveys 7 Habits of Highly Effective People published in 1989.
Piloted at AB Coms Elementary in NC and transformed a “school in dire need of improvements.”
The Leader in Me program will allow our students to take active ownership of their learning. Part of this can be achieved through the use of each student’s leadership binder. These leadership binders will include their mission statements and goals. Students, through reflection, will identify their WIGs (Widely Important Goals) to set one personal goal and two academic goals. Students will then track their data as it relates to their goals and also hold student-led conferences where the students meet with their parents and the teacher in order to communicate their progress towards their goals. These leadership binders will play a huge role in tracking student data and empowering students to own their learning and all their efforts in achieving academic excellence.
Understandably, some may worry that this additional focus to education will be perceived as being “another thing to do” yet we want this to be seen as “THE thing to do” because of its overall impact on education and the whole child.
The fact is, that given the challenges we face, education doesn’t need to be reformed – it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions. ~ Sir Ken Robinson