Wednesday, February 23, 2011

School officials to meet with best-selling author

Public invited to discussion with Sean Covey

Express Staff Writer

A new leadership program being tested at two schools in Blaine County will be the topic of discussion at an event in Ketchum on Thursday, Feb. 24, featuring best-selling author Sean Covey.

The Leader in Me program, being piloted this year at Carey School and Hailey Elementary School, is based on renowned author Stephen Covey's book "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People."

Stephen Covey is the father of Sean Covey, a former Brigham Young University quarterback who has taken up his father's work and authored the books "The 7 Habits of Happy Kids," "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens" and "The 6 Most Important Decisions You'll Ever Make."

Sean Covey will be in Blaine County on Thursday, first visiting Carey School and Hailey Elementary before attending a public event at The Community Library in Ketchum.

The event runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m. and will feature a discussion between Covey and Blaine County School District Superintendent Lonnie Barber.

The Leader in Me program incorporates concepts discussed in Stephen Covey's work into a school's curriculum. The "seven habits of highly effective people" include: (1) being proactive, (2) beginning with an end in mind, (3) putting "first things first," (4) thinking "win-win," (5) seeking first to understand and then to be understood, (6) synergizing through positive teamwork and (7) balancing and renewing resources, energy and health.

"The Leader in Me is unlike any other program that I have seen because of the way children embrace the concepts that are embedded in the program," Barber stated in a School District news release.

In the same news release, Hailey Elementary Principal Tom Bailey stated, "We are creating new leaders, one child at a time."

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