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H. E. Corley Elementary hosts The Leader in Me Community Coaching Day


IRMO, SC – H. E. Corley Elementary School hosted a Community Coaching Day for The Leader in Me schools across the Midlands and throughout South Carolina on February 9. The Leader in Me program is a whole school transformation model centered around the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Dr. Stephen R. Covey. Educators joined together to share their experiences transforming their schools with The Leader in Me program. This was one of two annual Community Coaching Days offered by Franklin Covey in South Carolina and Franklin Covey Coach Dana Penick led learning sessions throughout the day.

Penick said, “Community Coaching Days are an opportunity for professional leaders and learners to come together and acquire new skills through participating in a learning cycle. This professional development allows for staff members to network with other high-performing schools - learning and growing together through their Leader in Me journey.”

The coaching day is designed for schools who have implemented, or are in the process of implementing, The Leader in Me program. In attendance were at least two representatives from each school, including principals and facilitators. Educators monitored their progress, shared success stories, and celebrated their accomplishments. They learned about how staff goals, both personal and professional, can support the mission of their school and give staff opportunities to model leadership for students.

The Leader in Me magnet program at H. E. Corley Elementary School encourages students to take ownership of their learning and embrace additional responsibilities. It provides a foundation of self-confidence and life skills for future leaders. The seven habits that students learn are: be proactive – you’re in charge of yourself; begin with the end in mind – have a plan; put first things first – work first, then play; think win-win – everyone can win; seek first to understand, then to be understood – listen before you talk; synergize – working together is better; and sharpen the saw – balance feels best. Each habit teaches a different lesson, approach, or skill to guide students in learning and in life.

Principal Dr. Judith Franchini said, “The Leader in Me learning process is based on knowing our mission, reflecting on our purpose, and providing systems that will allow us to acquire the skills to develop leaders one child at a time and establish a network of high-performing schools. We love to have others learn from our journeys!”

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