Students at Riley Avenue Elementary School in the Riverhead Central School District provided teachers and parents with insight into the school’s Leader in Me program on Feb. 7.Courtesy photo: Riverhead Central School District

Not everything in school has changed since the “3Rs” era. Teachers still guide their students into becoming responsible, knowledgeable, problem-solving, kind team members.

To that end, some students in Riley Avenue School are participating in a program called the “Leader in Me.” Spearheaded by second-grade teacher Lauren McDonald, the Leader in Me program weaves comprehensive leadership activities and challenges into the curriculum. The goal is to teach students life skills such as responsibility, accountability, problem-solving, adaptability, communication and teamwork.

All of the activities and challenges are based on Stephen Covey’s books “The Leader in Me” and “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and Sean Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Happy Kids.”

Teachers and parents were able to gain insight into the pilot program during the school’s first Leadership Day on Feb. 7.

As part of the event, students used skills they had acquired through the initiative, such as public speaking, eye contact and data tracking, to present attendees with a tour of classrooms that have employed the program.

Leadership Day concluded with a question-and-answer session during which teachers learned how to incorporate the program into their classrooms and parents were provided with a guide for using it in their homes.

Source: Press release issued by the Riverhead Central School District dated Feb. 14, 2018.

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