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Friday, September 28, 2018

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This demonstration is a depiction of how we have a tendency to busy ourselves with seemingly urgent
but unimportant time wasters.  Distractions like a Facebook notification, getting lost on YouTube with
funny cat videos, or watching yet one more football game, home improvement show, or rerun of Friends.
Fill your time with too many of these and you don’t get to the important stuff, paying the bills, meeting
work deadlines, talking to your kids about their day, or taking care of your health.

This is one of the topics our 2 day training in September was about.  Stephen Covey, the author of
Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, a hugely successful self help book.  It’s been an iconic addition
to many businessman’s book shelf for close to 30 years.  NFV is embarking on a cultural program based
on Covey’s 7 Habits called The Leader In Me, https://www.theleaderinme.org/.

This program is widely used in Waterloo and Cedar Falls school, many district around Des Moines have
picked it up, it is a national movement in schools to teach students these 7 Habits as a way to improve
their approach to learning, relationships and life.  


The Habits:

  1. Be Proactive - the habit of personal responsibility
  2. Begin With the End in Mind - the habit of a personal vision
  3. Put First Things First - the habit of personal time management (The Rocks)
  4. Think Win-Win - The habit of mutual benefit
  5. Seek First to Understand, Then To Be Understood - the habit of empathic communication
  6. Synergize - The habit of Creative Cooperation
  7. Sharpen the Saw - the habit of daily self renewal


The first step in the program is to get the adults in the school to use the 7 Habits.  More effective adults,
who manage their time, collaborate effectively and pay attention to self care will be better teachers and
role models for your children. We will slowly role out 7 Habits education in the Middle School, expand it
to grades 4-5 this year.  9th Graders are reading The 7 Habits of Effective Teens, with the goal of
gradually absorbing the lessons of the 7 Habits throughout the district.  

Another focus of the Leader In Me is the concept of student leadership.  As NFV students gain
awareness of the habits, they will be asked to get involved in school decision making.  Its called
Student Agency and Voice. Student agency and voice refers to the values, opinions, beliefs,
perspectives, and cultural backgrounds of individual students and groups of students in a school and
allowing those students to have a voice, to make decisions, be heard in meaningful ways and to have
choices in their learning.


That’s going to be tough for us old timers used to controlling every day in every way.  We’ll need to work
at it. We are committing to it. All in! Don’t expect immediate changes or a visible re-invention of our
schools.  This journey is a crock pot, simmering all day to get better and better, not a microwave just
warming around the sides of issues. We hope the Habits will permeate through the communities and
improve more than just school environments.  

For more information see CASEL evaluation of Leader In Me;
https://casel.org/guideprogramsleader-in-me/, or go to this introductory page
https://www.theleaderinme.org/what-is-the-leader-in-me/ and watch the introductory videos of
Leader In Me on the right hand side of the page. Want to see some effectiveness data?  
https://www.theleaderinme.org/what-is-the-impact/ .  

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