Silverton Paideia Academy was humming with energy the morning of Friday, March 9, 2018. Upon entering the school, parents, community members, friends of Silverton Paideia and educators from other nearby school districts were greeted by a tunnel of students waving, giving high-fives and extending handshakes for the third annual Leadership Day.
Leadership Day celebrates the school’s focus on the Leader in Me program. Silverton Paideia is one of a few schools in the Cincinnati Public School District that incorporates the 21st century leadership-building skills crafted by the late Dr. Stephen Covey into its curriculum for grades K-6. The Leader in Me principles are rooted in seven habits:
- Be proactive.
- Begin with the end in mind.
- Put first things first.
- Think win-win.
- Seek first to understand, then to be understood.
- Sharpen the saw.
“We teach, we work hard, we plan lessons, but we realize often times the missing link is giving students the opportunity to own what they do,” said Silverton Paideia Principal Leniese Fuqua in her opening remarks. “The 7 Habits are all about helping our students become leaders in their own ways.”
After breakfast, students from various grades gave brief presentations about the 7 Habits. Then, the nearly 50 guests took tours around the school, led the Student Lighthouse Team, a group of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade leaders and ambassadors of the school. Guests enjoyed a showcase of extracurricular activities – such as coding club, cooking club and gymnastics – and visits to classrooms, where students demonstrated the ways they incorporate the 7 Habits into their studies.
Students in a third-grade classroom played a dice game to improve their multiplication skills. Using dice, a student would roll two numbers and have to say and write down the product of those two numbers, often working in teams.
Second graders eagerly showed guests their Leadership Books, which allow them to organize learning material throughout the school year by tying in the 7 Habits.
Guests got a first-hand look at the students’ talents at the tour’s end: students sang “I’ve Got a Leader in Me,” with drumming accompaniment; Boss Ladies, a dance troupe of sixth-graders, performed the Photronique song, “We on Top;” students rapped about the 7 Habits; and, in closing, they sang the school song. View videos of the student performances below:
Learn more and keep up with Silverton Paideia Academy at silverton.cps-k12.org/.