Character education has been a priority for us since inception in 2006. In the spring of 2009, our Director and Assistant Director were invited by a parent to visit A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina. At A.B. Combs, our school leaders were inspired by the Leader in Me program. Over the summer of 2009, after discussions with key stakeholders, we decided to adopt the Leader in Me as our character education program. Before school began in 2009, the Leader in Me program was introduced to teachers, parents and staff members during a week-long training. A Lighthouse Team was created by designated administration and faculty to facilitate implementation school wide. Teachers worked together and individually to define what the 7-habits meant for them at school and in their personal lives. In October 2009, we began to introduce the program to the students. Over the school year, students were taught about the 7-habits and the Leader in Me has replaced our previously existing program. In the spring of 2010, parent representatives were invited to join our Lighthouse team. Our Lighthouse team directs our character education and school climate. Student and community inputs are received via the Champion Team and Legacy Hour. We continue to use the Leader in Me program and have found it to be very successful in enabling us to bring a well-rounded experience to students.
Promising Practice: Leadership (Legacy) Hour
Mountainville Academy reaches out to the parents and community members in our area is by hosting a “Leadership Hour” on the 1st and 3rd Wednesday of most months.