Dolby Elementary students lead guests around the school during a Leader in Me teacher symposium last year. (American Press)
Last Modified: Wednesday, August 01, 2012 2:04 PM
Four schools in Calcasieu Parish will implement The Leader in Me program this fall as a part of a growing initiative by the Southwest Louisiana Economic Development Alliance.
Barbe, College Oaks, J.D. Clifton and W.T. Henning elementary schools were recently selected as recipients of the 2012 I am a Leader Foundation grant.
“We have been working closely with Calcasieu Parish School Superintendent Wayne Savoy and FranklinCovey since this opportunity came up last month,” said Nancy Kelley, workforce and talent director for the development alliance.
“It has been a quick turnaround of information on everyone’s part, but we have all worked together to bring this world-class initiative to more of our schools.”
She said the group hopes to have the program in every public elementary school in the five-parish region by the middle of 2015.
Savoy said he was excited about the opportunity. “The program really works,” he said. “It adds a dimension to schools where the children can learn the qualities of leadership in themselves that are sometimes masked.”
The four newly sponsored schools join Dolby Elementary and Oak Park Elementary as area Leader in Me schools.
The program is based on Stephen Covey’s “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.” Students learn how to apply the “seven habits” to their schoolwork and their lives.
The “seven habits”: be proactive; begin with the end in mind; put first things first; think win-win; seek first to understand, then to be understood; synergize; renewal and continual improvement.
“I’m proud of the initiative of these principals to go through the interview process,” Savoy said. “I’m proud to provide this not only for the students, but for the faculty as well.”