Leader in Me graphic with crayons

Winfield Elementary is a Leader In Me School under the Stephen Covey Foundation.  The Leader In Me provides a model and process to address challenges unique to elementary age students.  Winfield Elementary recognizes that many influences can affect a child’s academic success.  Teachers at Leader In Me Schools are empowered to create a nurturing environment the addresses whole-child education with five (5) Core Paradigms.  These paradigms influence the behavior of staff, students, and families.   We implement the habits in our daily routines.

The Five (5) Core Paradigms

1. Everyone can be a leader.  Not This:  Leadership is for the few.

2. Everyone has genius.  Not This:  A few people are gifted.  

3. Change starts with me.  Not This:  To improve schools, the system needs to change first.  

4. Educators empower students to lead their own learning.   Not This:  Educators control and direct student learning.   

5. Develop the whole person.  Not This:  Focus solely on academic achievement.     

We focus on 7 Habits to help our students be successful

Habit 1 - Be Proactive

I am responsible for myself.
I take initiative and have a "can-do" attitude.
I choose how I act, how I feel and what I do.
I do what is right without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit 2 - Begin with the End in Mind

I have a plan!
I set goals for myself.
I have a plan for how I will accomplish my goals.
I think about what I want to be when I grow up and how I will get there.

Habit 3 - Put First Things First

I will do my work first, then play!
I do my work before I play. I know what my responsibilities are, and I do them based on what is most important. I practice self-control.

Habit 4 - Think Win-Win

I believe we can all win! I want everyone to be a success.
I don't have to put others down to get what I want. When there is a conflict, I look for solutions that will make everyone feel good.

Habit 5 - Seek First to Understand, Then to be Understood

I will listen to others before I talk!
I am a good listener.
I try to understand other peoples' points of view especially when their opinion is different than mine. I am comfortable sharing my opinions and ideas.

Habit 6 - Synergize

I know that together is better!
I know that everyone is good at something. Everyone needs to get better at something.
I believe that we can all learn something from each other.
I know that working in groups helps to create better ideas than what one person can do alone.

Habit 7 - Sharpen The Saw

I have balance in my life! I keep my body healthy when I exercise, eat healthy foods, and get enough sleep.
I enjoy learning new things.
I know that it is important to spend time with people that I care about.