Program inspires James B. Edwards students to become leaders

Program inspires James B. Edwards students to become leaders (Image 1)

James B. Edwards Elementary the School of Global Leadership is a partial magnet school this year. Students have a new tune and are developing leadership skills. We're in Mount Pleasant for our Cool School of the week.

The school's leadership model infuses the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, be proactive, begin with the end in mind, put first things first, think win-win, seek first to understand, then to be understood, synergize, and sharpen the saw, the school held it's first leadership day with students in charge of programs. Principal Francine Mitchell says, “We're really focusing on incorporating Steven Covey's Seven Habits into our regular school day. Our children are learning about the seven habits. They're really incorporating them into their lives. It's amazing.” Teacher Laura Moore says, “I think its made the children more responsible and accountable. The data notebooks hold some accountability for the children. Their graphing their grades, how many books they read, or how many site words they can read.”

Throughout James B. Edwards, the walls speak words of leadership. Students learn Spanish, and teachers incorporate global lessons into the curriculum. The goal of the leadership and global studies focus is to create confident analytical world thinkers. Fourth grade student Alayia Porcher says, “The Seven Habits inspires people. It helps them do their work, and help them help other people.” Fourth grade student Trey Purves says, “It helps them become more educated and even if you're a grown up and you can still learn something from them.” Six-year-old kindergarten student Adair Shaw explains how she is becoming a leader, “One time on the playground, I saw my friend crying, and I went over to her and said don't worry you can play with me. I always try to fill other buckets just like Mrs. Cook told us. That's how habit four helps me, think win win. You can be a better person and like do your best, you know.”

James B. Edwards is the first school in Charleston county to implement the leadership model. Teachers were trained in the seven habits over the summer.

Students donate to international charities like Water Missions International, and they're helping to fund a school in Guatemala.

Coming up Friday on News 2 Today, we'll present James B. Edwards with our Cool School award.

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