BCS Advantage Magazine Winter 2017 - Page 7

• Provides world-class professional development for teachers and administrators • Increases parents’ satisfaction and involvement • Is implemented in a way so teachers do not see it as “one more thing,” but, instead, as a better way of doing what they are already doing • Impacts students of diverse backgrounds The teachers and staff at WPS are excited and honored to be part of this program that is gaining popularity nationwide. The Leader in Me was first used in school in 1999 at A.B. Combs Elementary in Raleigh, North Carolina. To date, hundreds of schools are implementing this program across the U.S. and other parts of the world. Here are some of the benefits our students gain by learning these basic leadership principles: • Improved student achievement • Enhanced self-confidence and self-esteem • Dramatic decrease in discipline problems • Increase in staff/job satisfaction • Greatly improved school culture • Delighted and engaged parents • More support from community stakeholders My first grade daughter used to sit in the corner and read. She was quite introverted. The “7 Habits” have helped her to be social. They help all the students to not be afraid to try something new.” These results are consistent across schools and promising for this future generation! Today’s changing world has a whole new set of rules. This is a program that allows us to give our students the tools to develop essential life skills and characteristics they’ll need for success in the 21st century; leadership, accountability, adaptability, etc. We get only 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? Who will show our children the way, if not you and me? Where will they learn how, if not in their home or at their school? When will it happen, if not now? We are delighted to implement and engage Weaverville Primary students in this wonderful program. We expect great ~Emma Pluta, Kindergarten Parent things based on the experiences of those who have gone before us. I urge you to join us on our journey. Please visit theleaderinme.org and see how the Leader in Me program has impacted the lives of children across the country and right here in Buncombe County. continued >> 5