“We only get one chance to prepare our students for a future that none of us can possibly predict. What are we going to do with that one chance?” ~ Stephen R. Covey
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Shakerag is proud to be a Leader in Me school, where we incorporate Stephen Covey’s 7-Habits of Highly Effective People into our daily life. Students begin learning about the 7-Habits in Kindergarten and expand their understanding and application throughout their elementary school journey.
Shakerag Elementary has been a top rated school since opening our doors in 1997, scoring at or near the top in all state and national tests (CRCT, ITBS), and consistently ranking among the top 10% of all 1250+ Georgia elementary schools. While high test scores are fantastic, we know that today’s students also need the skills and self-confidence to succeed as leaders in the 21st Century. They need to be able to communicate clearly, to work as a team, to be self-motivated and analytical thinkers. In our 2011 parent survey, our parents rated thinking and problem solving along with leadership and principle-based learning as the most important skills for our students to learn.
In the summer of 2011 the entire Shakerag staff embarked on a new journey, refocusing our school mission and redirecting our efforts to empower students to become leaders of their own learning by being trained in Dr. Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.
We are very excited to continue moving towards our new vision (Celebrating Learning. Inspiring Leaders.); developing the leadership abilities of our students, helping each child become leaders of their own learning and life, incorporating the 7 Habits into our daily instruction, having students begin “owning” their learning through their leadership notebooks, and providing multiple leadership opportunities in every classroom and throughout our school for students.
Thank you for joining us on this journey, for helping create leaders of self by teaching the skills of self-discipline, self-reliance, and self-confidence through the 7 Habits.
The Leadership Model Program receives national recognition for its emphasis on developing leadership in young children. It is grounded in the belief that building cooperative relationships and nurturing responsibility, kindness and good judgment is the basis for creating a successful community of learners. By developing the WHOLE child - socially, emotionally, academically and ethically - the program fosters a climate of principle-centered and personal leadership.
The principles of Dr. Stephen R. Covey, internationally renowned consultant and author of the 7 HABITS OF HIGHLY EFFECTIVE PEOPLE are embedded in the school's culture and guide the student, faculty and staff in building the leadership model. In addition, as part of a collaboration with the PTA, community members and families are given the opportunity through workshops and special events to learn about these principles.
One of our goals is that each quarter of the school year, students identify and set their own academic goals based upon their individual needs. Using their personal leadership notebooks, all students are beginning to track their progress and growth over the course of the school year. Students also learn social etiquette and develop communication and presentation skills through student-lead programming including a daily news broadcast, quarterly school-wide assemblies and multiple student-ambassador responsibilities.
7 Habits (Click on a habit below to learn more!)
I Be Proactive
II Begin with the End in Mind
III Put First Things First
IV Think Win-Win
V Seek First to Understand, then to be Understood
VII Sharpen the Saw
What is Leadership Day?
Our second annual Leadership Day will be on May 14, 2014. We are excited to host approximately 60 visitors and are looking forward to seeing our students exhibit some of their leadership abilities. Our Student Lighthouse Team, our school system Superintendent Dr. Avossa, and many of our student leaders will share their experiences with our guests. We will also provide a tour, visit classrooms, look at some leadership notebooks and enjoy lunch and student entertainment.
If you are a business or community leader and would like to participate, contact principal Martin Neuhaus (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Use the Parent's Guide to learn how to support us from home.
Consult the Leader in Me Framework for a more in-depth analysis of the Leader in Me program.
Visit www.theleaderinme.org for more information.