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Leader In Me

Social and emotional learning is an integral part of education and human development. We believe learning and applying the skills of self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision making.

Per the Pennsylvania Department of Education, school districts in the Commonwealth must implement evidenced-based programs that address the behavioral health of students. As such, Leader In Me is the main component of the District's state-mandated social and emotional learning efforts.

Leader in Me is a whole-school improvement process based on the idea that everyone can be a leader. This evidence-based approach empowers students with the leadership and life-skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. We focus on developing each student by:

  • teaching LEADERSHIP to every student,
  • creating a CULTURE of student empowerment,
  • and aligning systems to drive results in ACADEMICS.

Leader in Me is a whole-school improvement process based on the idea that everyone can be a leader.

The Leader in Me program focuses on helping students learn to develop healthy relationships with peers and make responsible decisions, thus creating an environment that supports not only academic learning but also social and emotional learning and future success as adults in our communities.

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is one of the key frameworks of the Leader in Me process. In addition to helping students learn and apply leadership skills, the 7 Habits give us a common language in building a supportive emotional environment.

What are the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?

Starts With You-

  • Habit 1 - Be Proactive: 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: 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, and look for ways to be a good citizen.
  • Habit 3 - Put First Things First: 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.

Then Play Well With Others-

  • Habit 4 - Think Win-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: 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: I value other people’s strengths and learn from them.  I get along well with others, even people who are different than 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 any one of us alone. I am humble.

And Remember to Take Care of Yourself

  • Habit 7 - Sharpen The Saw: 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 take time to find meaningful ways to help others.

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