Marion, S.C. -- The Marion County School District will begin a new initiative in Marion Intermediate School in the 2018-19 school year.
The Leader In Me initiative will integrate leadership development into existing school programs, curricula and traditions. With funding support from the Marion Healthcare Foundation, the goal of the program is to increase the number of students scoring MET or above on the state assessments in all content areas and to decrease the number of student discipline referrals. Centered around Stephen Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Students, pupils will focus on skills that nourish the body (exercise, nutrition, stress management, balanced life), the heart (socialization, service, empathy, synergy), the mind (reading, visualizing, planning, writing) and the spirit (value clarification, commitment, reflection, perspective).
Over the next three years the staff at Marion Intermediate will receive professional development and consultants will be on site to assist in implementation.
“The Leader in Me program is an ‘inside out’ program that cultivates the relationships among the adults who are in the school, the students and then the parents,” Superintendent Dr. Kandace Bethea said. “This is a new paradigm, that sees every child as capable and every child is a Marion Intermediate Principal Melanie Dozier is excited about the prospect that lies ahead for her school. “This is an exciting journey that we are embarking on,” Dozier said. “We are going to embrace a new way of thinking for ourselves and for our students”.