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Kevin Maurer - The Leader in Me

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introduction
The 7 Habits
The Leader in Me
Kevin Maurer
The 7 Habits
Be Proactive
Put First Things First
I feel that this habit in the school would present a clear plan for everyone involved in the school system: Administrators would be in agreement with each other over plans, procedures, rules, and educational goals. Teachers would have a full understanding of the set plans, procedures, rules, goals, and what is asked of them in the classroom. Parents would have a clear plan of motivating, supporting, and assisting their children at school and in the home. Students would be given clear plans, procedures, rules, goals, and educational tasks to ensure success. All students needs, including IEPs and 504s, are met to ensure the most success from every child. Time management, effectiveness, and making priorities are visible throughout the district.
After graduating from Keystone Oaks High School in 2005, I attended Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania with a major in Music Education. I completed my student teaching in the Upper St. Clair School District and graduated from SRU in 2009. Since my graduation, I have been a music educator in the South Fayette Township School District. I teach instrumental music and general music in the Middle and High Schools
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In my teaching at South Fayette, I have served on the curriculum writing team and helped develop a K-12 grade music curriculum. I have directed several concerts and musicals. I have also had the opportunity to serve as an ambassador for our newly adopted anti-bully program. While teaching, I have decided to pursue a new journey in education toward obtaining my principal certification. I am enrolled at California University of Pennsylvania to obtain a Masters degree in Education, K-12 Principal, Administrative Program.
The 7 Habits
in me
A proactive school to me would appear like a school of the future. One would see principals and teachers engaged in conversations that incorporate collaboration with parents and community partners. The principal and teachers would be finding ways to incorporate innovative teaching tools and technologies that will enhance instruction and motivate student learning. A proactive school incorporates project-based learning initiatives that involve and emphasize multiple disciplines.
Begin with the End in Mind
Leadership Standards:
ELCC 1.0 being able to take initiative to develop, articulate, implement, steward and promote a vision.
ELCC 2.1 being able to promote positive school culture.
ELCC 3.3 being able to manage resources with problem solving skills
I feel that a school where this habit was actualized would have a principal that creates excellent plans and implements them for success. It involves an open line of communication with all stakeholders in the plan and all constituent groups are “on the same page". The school would set goals based off of data analysis and have a clear direction in it’s goals. The school would have immense productivity due to the stakeholders knowing the short and long-term goals. Parents and students would know exactly what is asked of them in meeting the school’s vision and strategic plan.
Leadership Standards:
ELCC 1.0 being able to take initiative to develop, articulate, implement, steward and promote a vision.
ELCC 2.1 being able to promote positive school culture.
ELCC 3.3 being able to manage resources with problem solving skills
ELCC 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 keeping values and acting with integrity, fairly, and ethically
Think Win/Win
Leadership Standards:
ELCC 3.1, 3.2, 3.3 being able to develop win/win solutions and manage a school and all stakeholders.
ELCC: 4.1 work with family and community members
ELCC 5.1,5.2, 5.3 in regards to character, act with integrity, fairly, and ethically.
Leadership Standards:
ELCC 1.0 being able to take initiative to develop, articulate, implement, steward and promote a vision.
ELCC 2.1 being able to promote positive school culture.
ELCC 3.1. 3.2, 3.3 being able to manage the school, and all stakeholders
ELCC 5.1, 5.2, 5.3 keeping values and acting with integrity, fairly, and ethically
•This habit in my school would present consistency with discipline and decision-making by the principals, teamwork and collaboration with teachers, parents, students, and community members

•All constituent groups have a feeling of being involved, having a voice, and benefiting from the school system

•Decisions are always with the student’s health, safety, welfare, and success as the main focus

•Community partners feel that they are assisting the school’s vision and students and that the school is assisting them in a positive way
Seek to Understand,
Then to be Understood
A school that embodies this habit would include principals, teachers, parents, and students that demonstrate excellent listening and communication skills. Members would feel comfortable with offering opinions and suggestions that benefit everyone and create Win/Win solutions. This habit would involve lifelong learners and leaders in various capacities within the school system. Teachers would promote learning in various ways in the classroom, reading and literacy, and study skills. People who have a great understanding of this habit are able to communicate the importance of learning throughout life and bettering the community with knowledge. Students understand why learning is important to becoming successful and creating a better world. Parents would assist children in ways to learn material and study effectively for retention of material. Community partners would be hiring students as interns or employees due to an excellent ability to learn quickly and take on leadership roles.
Synergize
Leadership Standards:
ELCC 5.1,5.2, 5.3 act with integrity, fairly, and ethically.
A school that embodies this habit would include principals, teachers, and parents that focus on the child as a whole. This involves instilling morals, ethics, and values into the child’s education. Students would embrace their peers’ differences and find positive characteristics in them. The school district would make the most of the various cultures in the community and meet the needs of all students within the school system. Teachers would collaborate to create lesson designs that incorporate multiple-discipline programs and projects. Synergy means that all members are working together toward a common goal and accomplishing great feats of progress.
Leadership Standards:
ELCC 6.1,6.2, 6.3 being able to understand, respond, and influence to the larger context.
Sharpen The Saw
This habit would only appear to be actualized if the previous 6 habits were utilized. The principal would appear to be experienced in maintaining a school building while demonstrating a positive attitude and outlook. Teachers and staff would demonstrate a calm demeanor and promote ways for students to learn stress-management tools. Students would have a positive outlook on learning, utilize study skills, and practice effective time management. The school district would provide a wellness policy that promotes and teaches healthy eating and exercise habits. This habit could also involve a community that feels compelled and comfortable with using fields, gyms, pools, and other active lifestyle activities and programs provided by the school district.
Leadership Standards:
ELCC 1-6 all standards will be utilized
Reflection
As I reflect upon this program, I feel that I have learned a lot about what it takes to become an educational leader. Learning the 7 Habits and ELCC Standards has laid the groundwork for my success as a principal. The field experiences have given me the confidence to continue in my journey. The interviews with my principal have given me insight on how others actualize the 7 habits. The PLN experience has allowed me to Sharpen the Saw and enhance my lifelong learning. I am proud of my accomplishments to this point and cannot wait to see what the future holds for me in the California University of Pennsylvania Principal Program.
Future Goals
Continue to develop leadership skills in the California University of Pennsylvania Principal Program.
Gain experience in leadership roles
Become a principal in an area school district
I leave you with this...
"Personality can open doors. Only character can keep them open".

Elmer Letterman
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