Timberline ES leads campus tour for national Leader In Me group

Timberline ES Leader In Me Tour Timberline Elementary School hosted visitors from the Leader In Me National Symposium. Through a student-led tour, visitors were shown how Timberline ES incorporates the “Seven Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey as a Leader In Me School.
The students leading the tours explained the school-wide goals and data boards that are used by teachers and students to track progress, reflect on learning, and determine action steps.
“As part of the student-led tour, visitors were welcomed into many classrooms where they were greeted by students eager to share their leadership notebooks containing their personalized goals,” said Dr. June Ritchlin, Timberline ES principal. “Students demonstrated they own their learning as they are responsible for updating and tracking their progress toward meeting their goals.”
Guests were also invited to take part in an open tour where they were welcomed into any classroom of their choosing. The open tour also included opportunities to stop and talk with students Pre-K - fifth grade who were stationed in the hallways to explain their grade level data boards, as well as in the EXPO, where students explained their extra-curricular activities.
The visit concluded with the collection of feedback from the symposium visitors. The visitors overwhelming reported that students were in charge of their learning through goal setting and data tracking, and were confident when speaking with adults. Feedback responses included:
"I loved talking to the students. They truly practiced the 7 habits and took complete control. I love that they felt empowered and confident enough to talk to strangers."
"The students are in charge of their learning, which allows them to have different types of goals. This is asset for the middle school and high school.”
"I think the confidence in your students was amazing. You can really tell that their opinions and thoughts are taken seriously by the staff and their peers."
“Timberline has been on a journey for the last several years with the goal of integrating leadership into every aspect of the learning experience so that students find academic achievement, recognize their potential, become a catalyst for change, are motivated to be their best and inspire the best in others, and finally recognize the leader within themselves,” Ritchlin said. "The staff and students are proud to be at a Leader in Me school and thankful to be part of the Grapevine–Colleyville Independent School District where innovation is valued and encouraged."