Who started The Leader in Me?
The Leader in Me was originally developed by a principal and teachers who wanted to teach their students life skills such as leadership, responsibility, accountability, problem solving, adaptability, effective communication and more.
What do students learn through the Leader in Me process?
The Leader in Me helps students develop the skills, confidence and sense of identity they need to lead their lives and succeed in school and beyond. The Leader in Me focuses on students learning the following 21st century skills. Student self-confidence; Responsibility; Adaptablity, Teamwork; Problem Solving; Creativity; Cross-Cultural Skills and more.
On which content and principles is The Leader in Me based?
The Leader in Me utilizes several leadership, social-emotional learning, quality, and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders including Baldridge quality principles and tools and content from The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders and The 4 Disciplines of Execution.
How is The Leader in Me implemented in a school?
The Leader in Me is implemented as follows:
- School staff determine a new vision of the outcomes they want for their school and students
- School staff learn The Leader in Me principles and tools and begin incorporating the leadership principles in their work and relationships
- School staff model the behaviors to their students
- Teachers are taught how to incorporate the leadership principles and tools into school culture and the curriculum.
What does The Leader in Me paradigm look like?
Instead of seeing children through the lens of a normal distribution curve, some stdents are naturally smart and others are not – The Leader in Me paradigm sees that every child is capable, every child is a leader.
How has Hadi School moved towards achieving these Leader in Me paradigms?
Progress in the Paradigm of Leadership:
There is evidence that Hadi School truly believes that everyone can be a leader as demonstrated by the following:
- Every student, first grade and up, has a school-wide leadership job. These jobs are application based and students meet once a month for a check-in with their staff mentor
- Every student also has a classroom job
Progress in the Paradigm of Potential
There is evidence that Hadi School truly believes that everyone has genius as demonstrated by the following:
- The school embraces the talent of all children through innovative methods such as Project-Based Learning, Islamic Studies, and student choice in elective classes.
Progress in the Paradigm of Change:
There is evidence that Hadi School truly believes that change starts with me as demonstrated by:
- Staff members who consistently expressed that the “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” have personally helped and impacted them
- Students who petitioned the principal to add a 6th grade to the school, which she did
Progress in the Paradigm of Motivation:
There is evidence that Hadi School truly believes that educators empower students to lead their own learning as demonstrated by:
- How Hadi is a Project-Based Learning (PBL) school. Students help choose projects based on their interests in science and social studies standards. The final PBL theme was engineering. Kindergarden students will be empowered to select what they want to build/create. In addition, 1st-6th grade students will select a science and Islam topic.
Progress in the Paradigm of Education:
There is evidence that Hadi School truly believes that education needs to develop the whole person as demonstrated by:
- The staff who believe that the basic needs of the students must be fulfilled before anything else. They also allow students the freedom to “think outside the box” and challenge themselves. Religious and cultural studies at Hadi also serve to develop the whole person.
Has The Leader in Me initiative shown measurable results?
Yes! Hadi School shows measurable outcomes that demonstrate significantly positive results in the areas of student leadership skills, school culture and academic performance.
Evidence of the Leadership Results
There is evidence that the school has experienced strong growth in leadership as demonstrated by:
- A strong growth in leadership indicators
- 95% (a 13% increase) of parents are satisfied with the school, based on a parent survey.
Evidence of the Culture Results
There is evidence that the school has experienced strong growth in culture as demonstrated by:
- a strong growth in culture indicators
- behavioral issues have been reduced from 30% to 6% of the student population referred to the office annually
Evidence of the Academic Results
There is evidence that the school has experienced strong growth in academics as demonstrated by:
- our strong academic growth as indicated by state or local student assessments and/or the academic WIGs
- MAP averages exceeded national averages
- 95% of Hadi alumni have been placed into honors classes