Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Motorvationally Speaking: "Covey for the K-to-5 Crowd"

Chris is no ordinary educator.

The principal of the Park Street School in Fredericton, NB never stops searching for innovative ways to make learning both fun and practical. And you are about to discover why Chris has been chosen as one of Canada's Outstanding Principals for 2009.

Canada's Outstanding Principals program was developed by The Learning Partnership and the Canadian Association of Principals, in collaboration with the University of Toronto's Joseph L. Rotman School of Management.

Chris has had lots of practice as a principal.

He began working as one 24 years ago at a high school in Grand Manan. He's also served as principal in Hartland and Keswick. For the last dozen or so years, Chris has been at Park Street School, where he has developed innovative community partnerships, introduced a training centre for Smartboard technology and implements less than traditional resources to help better prepare his students for life in the real world.

Today on TSB, we get up close and personal with Principal Chris Treadwell and the work he is doing to familiarize K-to-5 students with the work of Stephen Covey.

FranklinCovey, a global consulting and training group from Utah, markets "The Leader in Me" program and provides training and resources to educators to implement in all subject areas.David Hatch, a global director with FranklinCovey, has been working with schools in Alberta, South Africa, Singapore, Japan, Australia and Guatemala - to name a few. He said teachers using the program report fewer discipline problems, improvements in students' academic achievements and increased parental support of schools. Hatch adds,"I don't have the exact numbers in front of me, but one school in Florida saw their discipline referrals drop from 275 per year to only 79".

"There are three constants in life... change, choice and principles"

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