Monthly highlight from School District 622 - July 2017

On Leadership Day at Weaver Elementary School in Maplewood, students took charge. They gave tours of their school and shared presentations about leadership with adult guests including elected officials, business owners and district leaders. Submitted photo

Christine Osorio — Superintendent 

Imagine a school where students as young as second grade lead daily all-school morning meetings and assemblies, speak at events and greet guests. Welcome to Weaver Elementary, where student leadership is the norm, thanks to a framework known as The Leader in Me.

Recently, students from Weaver Elementary hosted elected officials, local business owners, district leaders and peers for the site’s first Leadership Day. The event allowed students the opportunity to showcase the leaders they’ve become. 

From the time guests arrived in the parking lot until the end of the day, students were at the center, giving tours of the site and sharing presentations about the different leadership roles they fulfill. It was rare to hear an adults voice that day!

“Students are actually at the core of why the framework works,” said Pangjua Xiong, Weaver principal. “It’s a focus on sharing and distributing power and leadership to students so that our school becomes truly our school. Students feel empowered to take on leadership roles throughout the classrooms and school.”

The 2016-2017 school year was the first time the framework was implemented at Weaver. Students have benefitted in many ways, including social emotional learning, a growth mindset and a focus on academics. 

Students are provided opportunities to lead through service to others and to practice seven habits, which are based off of content from the book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Weaver students focus on: personal and interpersonal effectiveness, responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal.

The Leader in Me is aligned to many national and state academic standards. The process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. These skills include critical thinking, goal setting, listening and speaking, self-directed learning, presentation-making and the ability to work in groups.

Currently, Weaver Elementary is one of 12 schools in Minnesota using The Leader in Me framework. Nationally, there are over 200 schools. Globally, there are over 2,000 schools.

In the next few years, Weaver will implement deeper levels of The Leader in Me and expand the framework to guide other areas of the school.  

Next year, Weaver Elementary School staff will reorganize academic practices, and in the third year of implementation will focus on empowering instruction. 

According to Xiong, the entire Weaver staff is excited to dive deeper into implementation of The Leader in Me.


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