Marion City Schools starts preparing students for the future by focusing on leadership, reading and personalized learning in the elementary school.
Each elementary school features The Leader in Me, based on Stephen Covey’s book “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People.” The Leader in Me program teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students and creates a culture based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
Students keep leadership notebooks to keep track of their academic and personal progress as they learn to take charge of their own lives as early as elementary school. They help lead events in their schools and talk to adults about being leaders.
Research-Based Reading Instruction
Much of being successful in school and in life depends on how well people can read, write and communicate. Our elementary schools use the Literacy Collaborative, a research-based way to teach reading, to make sure students get these skills.
Literacy coaches receive more than 40 hours of professional development then train other classroom teachers. Students are taught in individualized settings, small groups and large groups so that teachers can address their different learning styles.
Personalized Learning and Technology
Each elementary school also features Next Generation Learning Environments, which personalize learning to fit the way that each student learns best. NGLEs make learning interactive and engaging and introduces students to technology.
Empowering Students to Succeed
Elementary schools throughout the district focus on creating a culture that tells students they can be leaders. They share the responsibility of organizing events at their schools. Motivational sayings painted on walls throughout the school create a welcoming environment that reminds them they can be successful.
That is how elementary schools start implementing the district’s mission to inspire a community of achievement. They build the foundation upon which future success will lie.