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Launched My Blog on Huffington Post—“Our Children and the Crisis in Education”

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

I am pleased to announce that I am now a contributor to the Huffington Post. My first blog appeared on Wednesday, April 21. I chose the topic of education in the U.S. and the opportunities we have to really make a big, positive impact in the way we educate our children.

For far too long, we’ve neglected educating our children to become people who can think for themselves, take responsibility, be tolerant and respectful, and work with others in creative ways. Character development is central to the education process but has been lacking for some time. To fill that need, we need stronger partnerships between schools and parents to unleash the potential of every child—to learn, grow and become leaders of their lives. 

One successful program called The Leader in Me Process has been applied at A.B. Combs Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina. At its core is teaching children, starting at kindergarten, habits of leadership. They are learning how to be accountable, treat others with respect, solve problems creatively, listen to understand and be trustworthy. Academic scores have dramatically improved and behavior problems have significantly dropped. The whole school is involved with this process and parents are thrilled to partner with their school to promote leadership principles with their children at school and at home.  

This Leader in Me Process is being applied in over 200 schools worldwide with remarkable, measurable success. To learn more, please see my blog: “Our Children and the Crisis in Education.” 

You may also be interested in reading my book, The Leader in Me—How Schools and Parents Around the World are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time. 

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7 Habits in Schools Gain Success

Friday, April 17th, 2009

I recently traveled to the UK and had the opportunity to meet Ed Balls, Minister of Education. I was pleased to hear of his interest in finding out how 7 Habits school programs were doing in the UK. Mr. Balls was surprised to hear that one such program was being piloted at a school not too far from his home. He committed to go to the school to observe the program.

I strongly believe that the 7 Habits is a key to turning around schools to help improve teaching, student performance, partnerships with parents and overall success. We have many schools in the U.S. integrating the 7 Habits into their curriculum with great success.

At the secondary level, one great success is found at the AB Combs Elementary school in Raleigh, North Carolina. They have transformed themselves into a model school by infusing their curriculum and school culture with the 7 Habits. Student performance has risen, discipline problems have declined and teacher job satisfaction has gone up. If you would like to learn more about AB Combs Elementary and their success, you might be interested in reading The Leader in Me or learn more in Community by going to The Leader in Me Group.

I look forward to hearing back from Mr. Balls as he evaluates the 7 Habits secondary school program at his neighborhood school. He is a great champion for finding new ways to bridge the education gap and has developed programs that are complimentary to the 7 Habits.

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