A ribbon-cutting ceremony on June 1, 2017, marked Reseda’s first steps in becoming a Leader In Me school. Designed by performance training company FranklinCovey, the Leader in Me model fosters leadership, life skills and student empowerment. The Club has partnered with Reseda Elementary to implement the program.
Last semester, the staff introduced The 7 Habits of Highly Happy Kids, a series of stories that teach good habits, leadership, and independence. This coming school year, students will learn skills that promote academic success: critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation making and the ability to work in groups.
Rosemarie Kubena, principal at Reseda Elementary, said the new process represents a major paradigm shift. “When I started teaching 35 years ago,” she explained, “I would ask myself, ‘What am I going to tell the kids today?’ Today, teachers ask themselves, ‘What am I going to have the kids show me today?’ Teachers now learn what they need to teach by watching students work in groups and teams and then listening to them share their strategies. Our job is to prepare them for the future comprised of careers that don’t even exist yet; by making them feel comfortable in collaborating and taking risks and learning from their mistakes.”