Teaching Students 21st Century Leadership and Life Skills

The Leader in Me aligns with PS 349's belief of cultivating the future leaders of the world. It is a whole-school transformation process that teachers 21st century leadership and life skills. A Leader in Me school creates a culture of student empowerment by teaching students that they are leaders within a 7 Habits framework. The 7 Habits are a synthesis of universal, timeless principals of intrapersonal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures. The Leader in Me is also aligned to  academic standards. This 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.

The 7 Habits of Happy Kids​

Habit #1: Be Proactive

You're in Charge!

I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do the right thing, without being asked, even when no one is looking.

Habit #2: Begin with the End in Mind

Have a Plan!

I can plan ahead and set goals. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school's mission and vision, and look for ways t be a good citizen.

Habit #3: Put First Things First

Work First, Then Play

I spend my time on the things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.

Habit #4: Think Win-Win

Everyone Can Win!

I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others' Emotional Bank Accounts.

Habit #5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood

Listen Before You Talk!

I listen to other people's ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when speaking.

Habit #6: Synergize

Together is Better!

I value other people's strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different from me. I work with others as a team to achieve a common goal.

Habit #7: Sharpen the Saw

Balance Feels Best!

I take care of my body by eating right, exercising, and getting sleep. I spend time with my family and friends. I learn in a lot of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I take time to find meaningful ways to help others.

Habit #8: Find Your Voice

Discover Your Talents and Inspire Others!

I have found something that I am good at and really like doing. I am proud, but I do not boast. Instead, I use my expertise to help and inspire others.

21st Century Skills







Initiative and Self-Direction


Cross-Cultural Skills



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Tanya Bates-Howell

Founding Principal

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