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Paul Pitchford

  1. 1. Paul L. Pitchford, Ph.D. 573.882.0862, pitchfordp@missouri.edu www.theleaderinme.org
  2. 2. Leadership Development: It’s Not One More Thing Learn how elementary schools in the U.S., Canada, and beyond are developing leadership at every level of their school communities without adding one more thing to their curricula. Paul L. Pitchford, Facilitator
  3. 3. The A.B. Combs Story Muriel Summers, Principal of A.B. Combs Elementary School, attended a 7 Habits workshop with Dr. Stephen R. Covey and asked: “Could these principles be taught to young children?”
  4. 4. Early Challenges at A.B. Combs Low test scores Lack of pride for our profession Teachers working in isolation Dirty facility No clearly defined mission or vision Very little parent involvement Incredible uncertainty
  5. 5. What Makes This Different? 1. Pervasive paradigm: every child is a leader. 2. Universal principles. 3. Involve teachers, students, parents, plus. . . 4. Ubiquitous approach—everywhere, all the time.
  6. 6. What is Leadership? “Leadership is communicating people’s worth and potential so clearly that they are inspired to see it in themselves.” —Stephen R. Covey
  7. 7. Video Teaching Leadership with the 7 Habits
  8. 8. Results at A.B. Combs Before Leadership After Implementing Theme Leadership Theme Enrollment 350 850 (Magnet School) plus many more on waiting list Student Achievement 67% 95% of students passing End of of students passing End of Grade Tests Grade Tests Discipline Issues Dramatically reduced Other Results • Increased Student Self-Confidence • Safe Learning Environment • High Parent Satisfaction • Engaged Teachers Results for A.B. Combs Elementary, Raleigh, North Carolina
  9. 9. Results at English Estates Before Leadership 1 year after Theme Implementing Leadership Theme Discipline Referrals 225 74 State Rating of School B A Parent Approval of School 98% Student Achievement •Scores up 35% in some subject areas •Awarded most academically improved school in district Results for English Estates Elementary, Fern Park, Florida
  10. 10. Illinois Standard Achievement Test Before 7 After three After one year Habits (2005) Months of 7 three months Habits (2006) of 7 Habits (2007) Reading 57.4% 72.2% 89.7% Math 77.4% 90.3% 100% Results for Dewey Elementary, Quincy Illinois
  11. 11. Results After One Year Survey Item Prior to 7 of 7 Habits Habits Parents who agree that students are taught attitudes and behaviors that will 69.4% 92.3% make them successful at work when they finish school Staff who agree that students are taught the attitudes and behaviors that will make 77.8% 100% them successful when they finish school Parents who are satisfied that students model the characteristics of active 81.4% 90.7% citizenship Results for Joseph Welsh Elementary, Alberta, Canada
  12. 12. …Results continued Survey Item Prior to 7 Habits After One Year of 7 Habits Parents who agree that their child is encouraged at school to be involved in activities that help the 65% 100% community Parents who agree that students respect each other 84% 98% Disciplinary incidents referred to school administration for further 67% decrease follow up Results for Joseph Welsh Elementary, Alberta, Canada
  13. 13. Students, Parents, and Staff Results Survey Item Disagree Agree Students: I feel that I get chances to be a leader in my 5% 95% classroom or in my school. Parents: The Character Education Program, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has had a positive impact on 1% 99% the atmosphere at my child’s school Parents: I would like to see the Character Education Program, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, continue 3% 97% at my child’s school. Teachers: The Character Education Program, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, assists me in teaching students 100% the principles needed in their daily lives. Results for Joseph Welsh Elementary, Alberta, Canada
  14. 14. …Students, Parents, Staff Results Survey Item Disagree Agree All Staff: The Character Education Program, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has provided this school with a useful language to 100% communicate to students, staff, and parents. All Staff: The Character Education Program, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, has had a 100% positive impact upon this school. All Staff: I would like to see the Character Education Program, The 7 Habits of Highly 100% Effective People , continue at this school. Results for Joseph Welsh Elementary, Alberta, Canada
  15. 15. Impacts Students Plus . . . • Improved student achievement • Significantly enhanced student self-confidence • Increase in teacher/administrator job satisfaction • Delighted parents • Improved school cultures • Support from business and community leaders • Reduced discipline referrals
  16. 16. Rippling Across the Globe
  17. 17. Video Rippling Across the Globe
  18. 18. The 7 Habits and Life Skills What Parents and Business 21st Century Life Skills The 7 Habits of Highly Leaders Want Effective People INDEPENDENCE Habits 1–3 • Goal setting • Initiative • Be Proactive® • Organization • Responsibility • Begin With the End in Mind® • Time management • Self-direction • Put First Things First® • Planning • Personal productivity INTERDEPENDENCE Habits 4–6 • Teamwork • Problem solving • Think Win-Win® • Conflict management • Communication • Seek First to Understand, • Creativity • Collaboration Then to Be Understood® • Analytical skills • Cross-cultural skills • Synergize® RENEWAL Habit 7 • Fun • Meaningful work • Sharpen the Saw® • Desire to learn • Emotional stability (Body, Heart, Mind, Spirit) • Good health and hygiene • Technical skills
  19. 19. The Leader in Me Process STUDENT TEACHER EXPERIENCE EXPERIENCE ALL STAFF Implement 7 Habits Implementation Resources Vision Training Training • Lesson Plans • Videos • Leadership Tools • Data Notebooks Small Team • Activity Guides 7 Habits Champion • Books • Posters Certification Team Training
  20. 20. Blend 7 Habits into: Modeling Traditions Environment Systems Curriculum Instruction
  21. 21. What Makes This Different? 1. Pervasive paradigm: every child is a leader. 2. Universal principles. 3. Involve teachers, students, parents, plus. . . 4. Ubiquitous approach—everywhere, all the time.
  22. 22. Contact Information: Paul L. Pitchford, Associate Director Hook Center for Educational Leadership and District Renewal University of Missouri 202 Hill Hall Columbia, MO 65211 573.882.0862 pitchfordp@missouri.edu www.theleaderinme.org

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