Clearview banks on ‘Leader In Me’

Clearview School Division trustees have expressed optimism about a Leader in Me program launched for Stettler elementary and middle

Clearview School Division trustees have expressed optimism about a Leader in Me program launched for Stettler elementary and middle schools for this coming school year.

At its meeting Monday afternoon, trustees heard a brief overview on the program from Sharon Fischer, the principal of both schools.

“It’s a very innovative and great program and teaches students to be responsible, and it gives them more ownership,” trustee Yvette Cassidy said. “I heard about it at a school council meeting and I was really impressed with the program.”

Even before staff training this week, teachers were “enthusiastic” about the new program.

“The staff at the elementary school is really gung-ho to get started,” Fischer said. “Research shows that when schools participate in the program, they have a much higher rate of students doing better.”

The Leaders in Me program focuses on way to empower students to make them more responsible for their behaviour, actions and homework, she said.

“It will help students make better decisions.”

It also encourages students to become more active in and sensitive to the community, Fischer said, noting that students visited seniors’ lodges as part of the Characters in Action campaign last year.

“We certainly hope to get more involvement in the community. I’m seeing baby steps with these new programs and I expect to see students improve.”

Staff training by a certified Leader in Me trainer is slated for Friday.

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