Tagged “Leadership”

This School Prepares Students to Excel in the 21st Century

Summit Elementary, Casper, Wyoming

Summit Elementary’s mission is to prepare children to excel and lead in the 21st century. Located in rural WY,  Summit is a Leader in Me Lighthouse School and Ashoka ChangeMaker School, where students play roles in school-wide leadership, classroom leadership, and through teaching leadership skills to their peers. In Summit’s kid counsel, students are fully responsible for running and editing a podcast to provide news, tips about the 7 habits from Leader in Me, as well as informing students about upcoming job applications. A school-wide Leadership Day invites the whole district and community residents are to learn about the 7 habits for themselves and for students. Additionally, they use a shared leadership model and have multi-age expeditions.

Open-Minded Community Shares Ideas for Collective Growth

St. Stephen’s School, Duncraig, Western Australia, Australia
 

Principals Australia Institute, a whole child partner, has added St. Stephen’s School to its list of MindMatters schools. Located in Duncraig, a suburb of Perth, Australia, the school prides itself on respect for diversity, strong bonds with the community, and pursuit of excellence by its students. Staff members meet every two weeks to discuss the mental health and wellbeing of the student body, and health education modules pertaining to mental health issues have been incorporated into the curriculum. The sense of common understanding and support makes St. Stephen’s a comfortable and accessible environment in which both students and staff can speak freely about these issues.

Empowerment Strategies Show Students How to Lead

Bowden Brompton Community School, Brompton, South Australia, Australia

Principals Australia Institute, a whole child partner, has designated Bowden Brompton Community School as a MindMatters school. Located in Brompton, Australia, Bowden Brompton provides educational and emotional support for students who require a nontraditional learning environment. The school emphasizes leadership and empathy through anti-bullying strategies and empowerment programs, such as MindMatters’ Youth Empowerment Process (YEP). Bowden Brompton has seen considerable improvements in attendance, focus, and literacy since the school began implementing MindMatters techniques.

Schoolwide Philosophy Creates a Collaborative Environment

Lima Primary School, Lima, N.Y.
 

Lima Primary is committed to advocating for the total well-being of their students. A schoolwide philosophy of students being at the forefront of decisions, collaboration, continuous reflection, and interest in lifelong learning guides the School Improvement Team at the school. A wellness focus for all members of the school family; an active, year-long garden; student learning experiences; and an inquiry-based, balanced literacy program are just a few ways faculty, parents, and kids work together to fulfill the school’s philosophy. School Leader's core values guide others in the community by embedding whole-child tenets in the daily programs provided to students.
 

Rural School Takes Meeting Student Needs Seriously

Rugby Middle School, Hendersonville, N.C.
 

Rugby Middle School (PDF) is a 2012 North Carolina Middle School Association Redesignated School to Watch. Located in rural western North Carolina, the school takes meeting the students needs seriously. Rugby is a "community of practice, going beyond rhetoric to reality." Teachers, staff, and administrators do whatever is necessary, creating clear-cut, well-understood expectations for everyone in the building. All students are eager to talk about how good their school is and how much they enjoy being there. The school feels warm, safe, and inviting, providing a rich teaching and learning experience for all.
 

Leadership Drives School Success

Mint Hill Middle School, Matthews, N.C.
 

Mint Hill is a 2012 North Carolina Middle School Association Redesignated School to Watch. Located in a "bedroom community" in the Matthews area east of Charlotte, the school is exceptionally well run from top to bottom, with effective leadership at the office and classroom level and strong support from central office. The school leadership creates a safe and stable learning environment in which all students acquire the skills to become confident, self directed, lifelong learners. Visitors to Mint Hill find themselves drawn into the lessons they observe, often leaving with many ideas about how to strengthen their own programs and practices.
 

Strong School Leadership and Collaboration Drives School Success

Woodbridge Middle School, Woodbridge, V.A.
 

Woodbridge Middle School’s transformation is a story about strong principal leadership working collaboratively with the entire school staff to teach each student. This was not a school in need of a transformation; rather it was a school that due to boundary shifts experienced a rapid demographic change necessitating a close examination of instructional practices to meet the needs of entering students. Today’s school in no way resembles the school that was in existence in 2005. Then, the students were mostly white and middle class; today, there is no majority group among the 1038 student,s and almost 50 percent of the students are economically disadvantaged. Then, student achievement was average; now it is significantly above average.
 

School and Communtiy Pride is Driven by Student Success

Pierce County High School, Blackshear, G.A.
 

Whether in a classroom or on an athletic field, student achievement drives the success that builds pride in a community and a school. Nowhere is this truer than at Pierce County High School in rural southeast Georgia. The school’s 965 students, almost half of whom are economically disadvantaged, have demonstrated what leadership focused on student learning can accomplish. In 2004, PCHS ranked at the bottom of the state in students passing the high school graduation tests and only 55 percent of the students graduated. In 2011, 86 percent of the students graduated and the school ranked 17th in the state on the graduation exams. Everyone wants to be the best: a result of high expectations, solid achievement and collaboration.
 

New Leadership Revives Storm Devasted School

Lafayette Academy Charter School, New Orleans, L.A.
 

Established as a public charter school in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans community it serves, the true rebirth of this preK–7 school of 800 occurred in 2007 with the appointment of a new head of school. Since then, the student body, which is nearly 100 percent economically disadvantaged, has been the beneficiary of a shared leadership model, intensive staff development, strengthened community connections, and equal access to rigorous coursework. The results are an impressive upward trend from the disappointing 33 percent passing rate on the required 4th grade state tests in 2006 to a 100 percent passing rate in 2010 and 2011, earning the state’s top designation as a Center of Excellence. 

Engaged Leadership Creates Success

Longwood Junior High School, Middle Island, N.Y.
 

Staff leadership at Longwood Junior High School is a major factor for the school's 2012 School to Watch honor. Staff members at Longwood are fully engaged in helping their students learn and are willing to learn and adapt themselves as needed to meet the needs of their students. Professional development is a priority for all staff to stay abreast of the latest research. The staff always stays positive, collectively working to make connections and build relationships with students.
 

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