Beginning in 2016, PS 56 will implement the Leader in Me process developed by author and teacher, Stephen R. Covey. The Leader in Me is an “innovative, school wide model that increases teacher effectiveness, student engagement, and academic achievement, while preparing students to be leaders in the 21st century.” Through this effort, our school will develop leadership qualities within all members of our school community, students, teachers, support staff, parents, and community members. This will be accomplished through direct instruction of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, developing rituals and routines around leadership, team building, goal setting, and community action, and yearlong celebrations and events. Teacher are expected to infuse the 7 Habits strategically in lesson, read Leader in Me books to students that will be provided, teach the Habits during morning meetings, and celebrate the habits periodically throughout the year.
The 7 Habits:
Habit 1 — Be Proactive “You're in Charge” I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Habit 2 — Begin With the End in Mind “Have a Plan” I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Habit 3 — Put First Things First “Work First, Then Play” I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
Habit 4 — Think Win-Win “Everyone Can Win” I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for Third Alternatives.
Habit 5 — Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood “Listen Before You Talk” I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
Habit 6 — Synergize “Together Is Better” I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others, we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.
Habit 7 — Sharpen the Saw “Balance Feels Best” I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.
Through the Leader in Me process, students and teachers are expected to exemplify the 7 habits, by supporting each other in developing leaders at all levels, planning instruction for the week, month, year, living the habits on a daily basis, and teaching to learn.