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Developing a Leadership Mindset

Developing a Leadership Mindset—A Key to Student Empowerment

August 27, 2015 |

I grew up believing that in order to be a leader, you needed to be in a position that allowed you to exercise your power and that leadership was for the selected few. The rest of us were to be followers—doing what we were told by those who had made it to a place of read more

Strategies and Benefits of Creating a Positive School Culture

August 20, 2015 |

Creating a positive school culture starts before the first day of school and continues throughout the school year. A school’s culture impacts and is impacted by the administrators, teachers, staff, students, and parents in a school community. This list of blog posts includes strategies and insights about how each stakeholder group is involved in and read more

I.S. Charles O. Dewey Middle School: Leadership Lessons for Life

July 22, 2015 |

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The leadership principles taught through The Leader in Me and the 7 Habits are much more than a collection of catchy phrases for students to memorize. When internalized, these principles and the leadership skills developed through practicing them help students in all areas of life. At I.S. 136 Charles O. Dewey Middle School in Brooklyn, read more

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Empower Teachers Who Empower Students

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.” – Henry David Thoreau This quote by Henry David Thoreau was inscribed on a bookmark given to me by a friend. It’s a quote that has inspired me to achieve more and be confident in my dreams and goals. How can educators empower students to discover and pursue read more

Celebration: The Internal Motivator for Student Achievement
How to Help Students Set Goals

How to help students set and achieve goals is a topic discussed almost daily among educators. This list of blog posts contains strategies and tips for how you can help students succeed in setting and achieving their goals. “How to Achieve Goals: Planning and Accountability” by Lynn Kosinski http://www.theleaderinme.org/blog/how-to-achieve-goals-planning-and-accountability/ “Goal Setting: Ensure Student Success” by read more

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I.S. Charles O. Dewey Middle School: Leadership Lessons for Life

The leadership principles taught through The Leader in Me and the 7 Habits are much more than a collection of catchy phrases for students to memorize. When internalized, these principles and the leadership skills developed through practicing them help students in all areas of life. At I.S. 136 Charles O. Dewey Middle School in Brooklyn, read more

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Blind Spots to Developing a School Culture of Leadership

If you ever learned to drive, which I’m assuming most of you have, you’ll likely remember a lecture on the importance of checking your blind spots. Your blind spots are the areas of the road to the side and slightly behind your car that you can’t see in your side or rear-view mirrors. You need read more

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Guest Blog: How Volunteering to Teach Students Leadership Skills Made a Difference in My Community

This is a guest blog post written by Mike Pedersen, who is a Chief Probation Officer in Elko County, Nevada. Nearly eight years ago, I approached my children’s elementary-school principal and asked if I could come into his school, in my role as a juvenile probation officer, to see if I could make a difference read more

    How Noncertified staff members impact a school's leadership culture
    How Noncertified Staff Members Impact a School’s Leadership Culture

    It was 7:30 a.m. sometime in October. Staff and students just began entering the building. Before I reached the front doors of the school, I peeked out my car window. An older gentleman dressed in navy stood at the curb opening car doors. He welcomed children with a smile and greeted each by name. The read more

    Four Empowering Questions for Student Goal Setting
    Involve Students in Goal Setting: Four Empowering Questions

    Since student achievement is essential for success, why is the student often left out of the goal-setting process? If we expect children to hit a learning target, we must provide clear expectations and involve them in the process of creating a plan to achieve the goal. Richard DuFour, an educator for 34 years, author, and read more

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    10 Ways to Teach Leadership Through Math and Science

    How do we inspire a new generation of great mathematicians and scientists? One way is to create curiosity about how leadership fits into math and science. Leadership connections are abundant and easily recognized in reading and social-studies lessons. Using teachable moments to discuss characters in books and world leaders happens with little to no prompting. read more

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    How to Lead Like a Giraffe

    For two hours, there was a look of serious contemplation on the face of my five-year-old son. The expression first appeared after we met a young blind woman and her seeing-eye dog at the store. We had exchanged personal introductions, and she explained the roles and relationship she and her dog shared. Since that encounter, read more

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    How Will You Unleash Leadership in Your Students?

    Ask what the definition of leadership is, and you will get a lot of definitions. Ask what the qualities of a leader are, and you will hear answers such as: Trustworthy, responsible, respectful, and resilient. Great listener and communicator. Capable of finding solutions that work for everyone. Able to get along and work well with others. read more