Staff News... February 15, 2016

Echo Park School of Leadership, Engineering and Technology

Please join us THIS FRIDAY for an all-staff overview of The Leader in Me!

Friday, February 19th

8:00 a.m.

Echo Park Media Center


Kimberly Sanderson will be joining us to give the Echo Park Staff a brief overview of The Leader in Me. You won't want to miss it!

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

Stephen Covey's 7 Habits are a driving force behind the success of The Leader in Me. Over the next 2 months, I will work to highlight a habit each week so that as a school community we can begin to collectively learn and take on this language and thinking. What are some ways in which you might begin to also teach our students about these 7 habits?

Spotlight on Habit 1: BE PROACTIVE

Quick Summary:

We’re in charge. We choose the scripts by which to live our lives. Use this self-awareness to be proactive and take responsibility for your choices.


The first habit that Covey discusses is being proactive. What distinguishes us as humans from all other animals is our inherent ability to examine our own character, to decide how to view ourselves and our situations, to control our own effectiveness.

Put simply: In order to be effective, one must be proactive.


Reactive people take a passive stance - they believe that the world is happening to them. They say things like:

"There's nothing I can do."

"That's just the way I am."


They think the problem is "out there" - but that thought is the problem. Reactivity becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy, and reactive people feel increasingly victimized and out of control.

Proactive people, however, recognize that they have responsibility - or "response-ability."


Response-ability:

the ability to choose how you will respond to a given stimulus or situation


"It is our willing permission, our consent to what happens to us, that hurts us far more than what happened to us in the first place." -STEPHEN COVEY


In order to be proactive, we must focus on the Circle of Influence that lies within our Circle of Concern - in other words, we must work on the things we can do something about.


The positive energy we exert will cause our Circle of Influence to expand.


Reactive people, on the other hand, focus on things that are in their Circle of Concern but not in their Circle of Influence, which leads to blaming external factors, emanating negative energy, and causing their Circle of Influence to shrink.


Practice Success Habit 1:

Challenge yourself to test the principle of proactivity by doing the following:

1. Start replacing reactive language with proactive language.


  • Reactive = "He makes me so mad."
  • Proactive = "I control my own feelings."


2. Convert reactive tasks into proactive ones.


(Source: http://www.hubspot.com/sales/habits-of-highly-effective-people-summary)

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Watch this three-minute video of a student speaking to a large audience about what it really means to be a leader and the importance of having a heart of service. During her speech, She shared her thoughts and personal experience from her heart, leaving the audience in tears.

The Leader in Me Staff Book Study

Monday- 7:30-8:00

Feb 22nd: Chapters 5, 6, and 7

March 7th: Chapters 8, 9, and 10


Thursday- 4:00-4:30

Feb 18th: Chapters 3, 4, and 5

March 3rd: Chapters 6 and 7

March 10th: Chapters 8, 9, and 10

Echo Park Elementary School

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