HES Wildcat LeadersWildcat Leadership is a whole-school transformation model that works within other school programs and processes to improve the WHOLE school. It’s not an additional program within our school, but yet embedded within our current curriculum, behavior model, and school culture. Wildcat Leadership is something that students should see while in the classroom, lunchroom, hallways, special classes, and even the bathrooms. Everywhere they look, they should see and hear a reminder of how they can become leaders not only in our classrooms but in the community of Harrisonville.
Leadership HabitsLeadership at Harrisonville Elementary School is based on Stephen Covey’s Leader in Me which outlines how to take his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and apply it to a school setting.1. Be proactive. This means that each person is in charge of themselves and how they respond to a situation. If we are responding in a proactive way, we are finding a way to work with others or finding solutions to problems.
2. Begin with the end in mind. This focuses students on goal setting and having a plan in place before taking action.
3. Put First things first. This helps students learn how to prioritize responsibilities and make time for important things in their life.
4. Think Win-win. This is working with others to find a solution to problems where everyone can be happy.
5. Seek first to understand, then to be understood. This means to listen before you speak or act so that you have all information.
6. Synergize. This means to work together with others for the common good.
7. Sharpen the saw. This means we are finding a balance between our heart, mind and body.
Wildcat Leaders at HES - How it StartedOne teacher at HES started a book club for teachers that were interested in learning more about The Leader in Me and the 7 habits during the 2013-14 school year. We began 2014-2015 school year by collaborating to create lessons and common language for the implementing teachers. Our goal is for other teachers to see the successes and for students to hear this common language that the 7 Habits provides so that more classes will become leadership classrooms.
After we had our book study, our first goal was to come up with a new mission statement that embodies leadership. The Leadership team looked through the ideas and came up with our current mission statement, "Discovering our greatness through learning and leading."