ECES implemented “The Leader in Me” program in August.
“The Leader in Me” is Franklin Covey’s whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
“We are in our first year of the Leader In Me process and it has been a wonderful transformation. When I came to East Cheatham three years ago, I quickly learned what an amazing group of teachers and staff worked at our building. Our school had poor academic performance, attendance and behavior issues. I felt like we were missing something and we had the potential to be great,” said ECES Principal Wendy Cox.
Cox said Eli Perkins, a Franklin Covey representative, dropped by the school one day and left ‘The Leader In Me’ book. Over the summer, I read the book and felt this process was our missing link. With the support of our supervisors, our leadership team was able to visit other Leader In Me schools and see how the transformation took place into very successful schools,” she recalled.
Cox added: “As a faculty and staff, we all read the book and quickly started getting the ball rolling in becoming a Leader In Me school. We received a grant from the Leader.org organization to fund this process at East Cheatham.”
All faculty and staff received training over the 7 Habits at the beginning of the summer.
“Over the summer everyone painted our building and completely transformed it into a new school. The change in culture at East Cheatham has been remarkable. The students and teachers are practicing the 7 Habits and our academics, attendance and behavioral issues have improved dramatically. The attitude of our students and staff has created a wonderful positive environment. East Cheatham Elementary is such an amazing place. Students are being empowered to set their course in life and learning the 7 Habits to become successful, happy adults,” Cox said.