Seven Habits of Highly Effective
As part of the taproot of Decatur's systemic staff development
program, Seven Habits fosters personal leadership growth which is
of profound importance for all teachers and supporters of teachers.
All--whether bus drivers, clerical, superintendent, teachers, etc.--
are leaders in the school setting since all provide models for students.
The course consists of seven classes lasting four hours each. We
typically schedule classes a week apart to give participants enough
time to read and reflect between sessions. About twenty people from
all across the school district form a class. Our license agreement
with the Covey Institute allows us to include any employee of Decatur
City Schools and their spouses. When it is time to start a new course,
we issue one invitation to each school district building which ensures
an interesting mix. To date, we have made no special attempt to
involve spouses but have welcomed those who have requested to attend.
Seven school administrators serve as facilitators. The staff development
supervisor leads in every session with the other six alternating
as co-facilitators. Other trained facilitators from the local General
Electric plant and from D and S Engineering ocassionally assist
in leading classes as well. This design offers consistency with
the staff development supervisor being the constant and richness
with the others sharing their wealth of diverse strengths and experiences.
The content of the course is based on Stephen R. Covey's book by
the same title. It is grounded in timeless principles of living
which cross all cultures, all time, and all religions. For more
information on our implementation of Seven Habits, we would welcome
your inquiries. For information on how to obtain training and a
license to start your own program, contact Paula Collins at the
Covey Leadership Institute in Provo, Utah (1-800-272-6839).
Audience: All Decatur City Schools Employees
Leader: Jeanne Payne with guest facilitators from within our system
@ Central Office Board Room