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The Leader in Me

Written by Seth Pozzi, Asst. Head of School on .

This year, our school is adopting a program called The Leader in Me! The Leader in Me is an age-appropriate adaptation of Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, and is based on universal, timeless principles of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal. Throughout the year, you will see activities and discussions in each classroom and at school-wide events that relate to the 7 Habits:


Habit 1: Be Proactive
Students learn to take responsibility for their choices and behaviors.
Habit 2: Begin with the End in Mind
Students learn to think about how they would like something to turn out before they get started.
Habit 3: Put First Things First
Students learn to decide what is most important and to take care of that first.
Habit 4: Think Win-Win
Students learn to think win-win, which is the belief that everyone can win. It’s not me or you—it is both of us.
Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, then to Be Understood
Students learn that it is better to listen first and talk second.
Habit 6: Synergize
Students learn to work together to create a better solution than either would have thought of alone.
Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw
Students learn to have balance of the body, brain, heart, and soul.

A few of the exciting enhancements to look forward to this year as part of The Leader in Me:
Mission Statements – Each student will craft his/her own mission statement. This is designed to help students begin to identify their own sense of purpose and values. Each classroom will also create a class mission, which will guide their work together.
WIGS (Wildly Important Goals) & PIGS (Personally Important Goals) – Each student will identify, record, and track their progress with individual academic and personal goals.
Leadership Notebooks – Every student in TK-5th grade will have a leadership notebook in which they will track personal progress with their leadership habits and their WIGS/PIGS.
Student-Led Conferences – This year, the Elementary Division is launching student-led conferences. The student-led conference process empowers students to take ownership of their work and report on their progress. During the conference, students will report on academic progress, articulate goals, show their parents assessment data when appropriate, and share examples of their work.

I am looking forward to practicing the 7 Habits alongside our students and teachers.

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