|February 12th, 2014.
Are you familiar with The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?
Three local schools, the Springfield Jewish Community Center Early Learning Center, Lubavitcher Yeshiva Academy (LYA) and Heritage Academy are all Leader in Me schools. Developed by the renowned Franklin Covey organization, The Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model. Based on the highly acclaimed book by Dr. Stephen Covey, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, The Leader in Me produces transformational results such as higher academic achievement, fewer discipline problems, and increased engagement among teachers and parents. Better yet, The Leader in Me equips students with the self-confidence and skills they need to thrive in the 21st century economy.
“Students grasp the idea that they can be leaders at any time and in any place. Leader in Me encourages them to make good choices even when no one is watching.” – Heritage Academy educator.
A special Community Leadership Day, open to all on Wednesday, February 12 from 8:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. is the result of a collaborative and synergistic effort to bring the Jewish community together and celebrate leadership.
The event will start at the Springfield JCC (1160 Dickinson Street in Springfield) at 8:00 a.m. with refreshments, an overview of the Leader in Me process, recognition of community leaders and a presentation by preschool students. Participants will then be transported first to LYA and then to Heritage Academy to experience learning in action with the students of both schools. The program will conclude by 11:30 a.m.
Community Leadership Day will provide all participants with a special opportunity to experience three of our local schools while they open their doors and showcase the amazing collaboration and learning taking place.
Through implementing The Leader in Me process, all three schools have built unique environments where the principles, practices, and habits of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People® are embedded into the different cultures of each school. The Leader in Me process impacts the operations, instructional practice and curriculum, and forms the basis of a vibrant leadership development approach for both students and staff. Attend this leadership day to be immersed in our leadership culture with presentations from students, teachers and open-house-like visits to classrooms.
“I love earning leadership cards when I am caught doing something right.”– LYA grade 2 student
Several local community leaders anticipated to participate in this day include:
• U.S. Congressman Richard E. Neal
• Springfield Mayor Domenic J. Sarno
• State Representative Brian Ashe
• Philanthropists Harold Grinspoon and Diane Troderman
• Longmeadow Fire Chief Eric Madison and
Police Chief Robert Siano
• Longmeadow School Committee Chairman Michael Clark
• East Longmeadow Schools Superintendent Gordon Smith
• Local area Rabbis: Max Davis (Congregation B’nai Torah), Amy Katz (Temple Beth El) and Mark Shapiro (Sinai Temple)
“The Leader in Me has given us the opportunity to teach children how to be global citizens of the world. The children feel empowered to make a difference first in their own lives and then their families, classrooms and beyond. Who would not want their children to learn to listen to each other, plan for a cooperative end, and see their dreams come true? This is exactly what the The Leader in Me prepares children to do.”
- Deb Cohen, Director JCC Early Learning Center
In addition to seeing the students in action and learning more about The Leader in Me, community participants who attend the entire morning program at all 3 schools will be eligible to receive tuition incentives to attend any of the three local schools (JCC Early Learning Center, LYA or Heritage Academy) if their child has not been enrolled in the past year. All participants will also be eligible to receive raffle prizes.
This event is sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts in collaboration with the Springfield JCC, LYA and Heritage Academy.
To RSVP or for more information, contact 413-737-4313 x137 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.