Professional Development at Maple Grove – Aug. 27

We are excited to continue The Leader in Me work at Maple Grove again this year.  If you are new to our journey, here is a brief history:

Spring 2013- Maple Grove began a book study around Stephen Covey’s The Leader in Me .  A small group of staff then began talking to Brookview’s teachers who had been dabbling with the leadership approach during the 2012-2013 school year. The idea of an ubiquitous approach to teaching students skills that transcend the walls of Maple Grove was exactly what we were looking for to create leaders in our community and world.
2013-2014 School Year-  Our very own Associate Superintendent, Cindi McDonald, led learning around the 7 Habits and staff spent time truly internalizing the ways of working and thinking so that we can then begin sharing them with students.  For more information about The Leader in Me, visit

This year, Maple Grove will be working to meet our implementation plans to put our learning and thinking into action.  We have already made great progress by making the 7 Habits visible – check out our flower pots and signs as you enter the building and take a moment to visit the glass case outside of the gym highlighting staff goals.  We will continue to share and model the first three habits up to winter break.  Here they are for your reference as well:

  1. Be Proactive – You’re in Charge: I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
  2. Begin With the End in Mind – Have a Plan: I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
  3. Put First Things First – Work First, Then Play: I spend my time on 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.

Part of Habit 2 is to create a mission / vision statement. Benefits of a mission statement are as follows:

  • Clarifies what is important to you
  • Provides focus
  • Guides your day-to-day decisions
  • Gives you a greater sense of meaning and purpose

Today staff will collaborate to finalize our building vision and plan how to create a classroom mission statement.

Please check back each early dismissal for updates on our work!

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Waukee, Iowa 50263
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