Leader in Me

In the 2012/13 school year Lakewood Elementary staff, students and parents decided to begin the journey to becoming a Leader in Me school in an effort to:

•    Increases student leadership skills
•    Decreases discipline referrals
•    Improves school culture
•    Boosts staff, student, and parent engagement
•    Helps students better set and achieve academic goals

This approach to being highly effective was developed by the late Steven Covey in his book, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. It is based on principles parents and teachers have taught students for generations. The difference is that students are empowered to think of their roles in very different ways. It is believed that all students are leaders in their classroom, on the playground and in the community. Through the Leader in Me program, students at Lakewood are learning lifelong skills, gaining self-confidence in using them, which will in turn, prepare them to thrive in the 21st century.

Teachers at Lakewood have been integrating the concepts, terms and habits with the culture and language used in school every day. The habits are taught in the classroom starting in kindergarten and are a part of the conversation students have with one another, in every corner of the school environment. Students are taught with real life examples and learn how to navigate positive and negative situations by using the seven habits as tools to tap into when they are needed most. Many teachers appreciate the finite structure the seven habits are based upon but the true power seems to be in the seemingly infinite ways they can be implemented in the classroom through academics and character education.

We are excited to continue into our fourth year as a Leader in Me school and are excited to see where our journey into the habits will lead us this year.