JBE chosen to educate others about leadership

  • Thursday, March 13, 2014

Tour guides Smith Schepp and Bates Collar prepare to take visitors around the school. PHOTOS PROVIDED


James B. Edwards Elementary School of Global Leadership recently hosted more than 200 visitors for the “Leader in Me Symposium,” presented by the Covey Foundation. The guests, business leaders and educators from across the state made classroom visits and watched presentations from each grade level. The event was 100 percent led by the students of the global leadership school.

James B. Edwards (JBE) is a partial magnet school with an emphasis on leadership as well as a global component with all students enrolled in Spanish classes. Since becoming a global leadership school, parents have seen a change in their students. Nicky Purves says, “I have found my sons to be more aware of their actions at home, and I have seen an improvement in their interactions with others. They have learned to take responsibility for themselves at a young age.”

The Leader in Me program is a global movement in education that has now reached 1,300 communities across the world. This work is focused on instilling leadership as a vital component in education. Attendees witnessed how students of JBE have integrated Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective Leaders into the curriculum and into the school design. Students led tours of the school and ended with a question and answer session. When fourth-grader Gil Shaw was asked her favorite habit, she responded, “They are all equally important because if you use all of them together it makes you the best leader you can be.” Kindergartner Donnell Rouse responded, “I like to put first things first. I do my homework and then go outside and play.”

James B Edwards is currently scheduling tours for those interested in attending the partial magnet school. For more information, call 843-849-2805.


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