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January 20, 2015, Paula Hans - Legacy Point Elementary School has been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. This is a national honor that recognizes outstanding achievements in school and student outcomes, through the implementation of the The Leader in Me framework. It also celebrates the extraordinary impact the framework has on staff, students, parents and the greater community.
“Leader in Me has changed the entire culture and climate of the school,” said Legacy Point Elementary Principal Joanna Polzin. “Students own everything they do, because they utilize in the Seven Habits. They are proactive with the choices they make. They ‘speak first to understand’ other students and where they are coming from, before they speak. They believe in ‘sharpening the saw.’ When we say ‘sharpen the saw’ that means I need to go out and play. I need to take a break from my learning.”
The Leader in Me journey has been supported by everyone in the school community. In fact,
Legacy Point created Lighthouse Teams to keep students, staff and parents updated and part of the collaborative process.
“We are thrilled to recognize Legacy Point Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School,” said Sean Covey, the Education Practice Leader at Franklin Covey. “Schools who achieve the Lighthouse Milestone are great examples of a strong leadership model and of what it means to be a Leader in Me school. This school has experienced transformational results by implementing the paradigms and practices related to The Leader in Me. We are so pleased to celebrate the success they are experiencing.”
Polzin says the principles of the Leader in Me framework perfectly align with the Douglas County School District’s Strategic Plan, including measuring what matters most as outlined in the System Performance priority.
“Our students have become skilled in setting meaningful goals backed by purposeful plans. Furthermore, our students create and maintain systems to track academic progress, so that they are in control of their learning. Through the Leader in Me, our students connect to timeless principles that promote lifelong growth and success,” Polzin said.
Additionally, Polzin says the framework is also an example of Choice. She says a number of families have chosen Legacy Point because of its Leader in Me program.
Want to learn more about the framework and see it firsthand? On January 30, the school will be hosting a Leadership Day, which will include student tours, as well as student and staff panels, so that educators and parents can learn about the Leader in Me framework and its impact. Please call Legacy Point's front office at 303-387-8725 if you are interested in attending.
“They will be able to visit classrooms and see, first-hand, how Leader in Me works,” Polzin said.
About Leader in Me
The Leader in Me is Franklin Covey’s whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to K12 students and creates a culture of student empowerment, based on the idea that every child can be a leader.
The Leader in Me framework helps students learn how to become self-reliant; Control their emotions; Set and track goals; Do their homework; Prioritize their time increase interpersonal skills, such as resolve conflicts and interact well with others; As well as assisting those through the development of the skills and self-confidence needed to lead their lives and succeed.
While The Leader in Me is not designed specifically as an academic program, many schools have reported that its goal setting and data tracking processes have helped to clarify academic priorities and encourage students to take greater ownership over their education, all of which can impact academic progress.
Leader in Me utilizes a number of leadership and educational models and processes, including The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People; The Four Imperatives of Great Leaders; The 4 Disciplines of Execution; and social emotional learning and organizational quality models from past and current thought leaders. Content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a key component of the overall Leader in Me process. The 7 Habits is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal and interpersonal effectiveness, such as: responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures. Additionally, training on establishing a vision for the school, goal setting, data tracking and personal accountability systems are also included.
The Leader in Me differs from other whole school transformation processes in that it offers a holistic, school wide experience for staff, students and parents and creates a common language and culture within the school. The leadership principles and lessons are not taught as a curriculum, but instead, are incorporated into the coursework, traditions, systems and culture.
The Leader in Me process is implemented as follows:
• School staff identify a new vision for the outcomes they want for their school (e.g. decreasing discipline referrals).
• School staff learn The Leader in Me principles and tools (The 7 Habits and other leadership principles) and begin incorporating the leadership principles in their work and relationships (e.g. learning how to work more cooperatively with each other).
• School staff model the behaviors to their students.
• Teachers are taught how to incorporate the leadership principles and tools into school culture and curricula.
• Key elements of the leadership model are implemented into the school, including:
o Teaching students how to set, track and achieve goals;
o Reinventing the physical environment to reinforce the vision and outcomes for the school (banners, signs, murals);
o Holding studentled conferences (parent/teacher), giving each student a leadership role within the school and studentled leadership events;
o Using a common language of leadership;
• Parents play an important role in supporting their children in the process.
• School staff, students and parents utilize a number of resources (lesson plans, videos, student materials, teacher editions, posters, books and TheLeaderinMeOnline.org) to help them implement and reinforce the process.
The Lighthouse Milestone is a highly regarded standard set by Franklin Covey that is attainable by every Leader in Me School. The attainment of the Lighthouse Milestone represents a significant benchmark and it is evidence that a high standard has been met by a school. Applying for the Lighthouse Milestone typically occurs three to five years after a school begins
The Leader in Me process.
Becoming a Leader in Me Lighthouse School is a recognition that schools earn because they have produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes and have demonstrated the following:
• The school campus environment reinforces the leadership model by displaying leadership language that emphasizes individual worth and potential in hallways and classrooms.
• Teachers integrate leadership language into school curriculum and instruction.
• Staff collaborates and works together to effectively build a culture of leadership.
• Students are provided with meaningful, student leadership roles and responsibilities, such as mentor, public speaker, school tour guide and greeter.
• Parents are given opportunities to learn The Leader in Me model and the 7 Habits and are involved in activities that support the leadership model.
• A system is in place for setting and tracking schoolwide and classroom academic and personal goals.
• Leadership events are held to allow students to practice their leadership skills (e.g. public speaking, sharing data, confident greetings, etc.) with community business partners, parents and other educators.
• The school leadership team meets regularly and oversees school wide implementation of the leadership model, with the help of students, staff, parents and community members.
• Measureable improvements in teacher engagement, parent satisfaction, student behavior and academic alignment are shown by comparing baseline data with the tracking of ongoing data.
Leader in Me schools, which have proven adherence to the process, report increases in the following: student selfconfidence, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, creativity, selfdirection, leadership, problemsolving and communication for children of all ages, socioeconomic levels, learning capacities and cultural backgrounds.
Schools also report achievement in the following key outcomes: fewer discipline referrals and suspensions; improved teacher, student, parent satisfaction and engagement; general student behavioral improvement; improved student leadership skills; enhanced school culture; and selfdirected learning.
Based on the results of a recent random survey of 260 Leader in Me principals conducted by Westgate Research, 99 percent of principals reported that The Leader in Me had a “very positive” or “positive” impact in their school and 87 percent said they were “extremely likely” to recommend The Leader in Me to another school principal. Additionally, several third party, multiyear studies are now underway and Franklin Covey is also collaborating with independent institutions to measure outcomes of The Leader in Me process.
Since its official launch six years ago, nearly 2,000 public, private, charter and magnet schools across 35 countries have adopted The Leader in Me. Educators continue to offer feedback on best practices, which provides continuous improvement and refinement of the process.
Douglas County School District is Colorado's third largest school district, serving 67,000 students. Visit the District website at www.dcsdk12.org
Douglas County Media Relations contact, Paula Hans, Public Information Officer, at [email protected] or 303.387.0031
Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Fla., (Jan. 20, 2015) – A United Launch Alliance (ULA) Atlas V rocket carrying the third Mobile User Objective System satellite for the United States Navy launched from Space Launch Complex-41 at 8:04 p.m. EST today. The MUOS-3 spacecraft will ensure continued mission capability of the existing Ultra High Frequency Satellite Communications system that will provide improved and assured mobile communications to the warfighter.
“The ULA team is honored to deliver this critical mission into orbit for the U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force with the support of our many mission partners,” said Jim Sponnick, ULA vice president, Atlas and Delta Programs. “The MUOS-3 spacecraft is the heaviest payload to launch atop an Atlas V launch vehicle. The Atlas V generated more than two and half million pounds of thrust at liftoff to meet the demands of lifting this nearly 7.5-ton satellite. Today’s launch was the 200th Atlas-Centaur launch – a very sincere congratulations to the many women and men responsible for the incredible success of the Centaur upper stage over the last 5 decades!”
This mission was launched aboard an Atlas V Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle (EELV) 551 configuration vehicle, which includes a 5-meter diameter payload fairing along with five Aerojet Rocketdyne solid rocket motors attached to the Atlas booster. The Atlas booster for this mission was powered by the RD AMROSS RD-180 engine and the Centaur upper stage was powered by the Aerojet Rocketdyne RL10C-1 engine. This is ULA’s 1st launch in 2015, the 52nd Atlas V mission and the fifth Atlas V 551 launch.
MUOS is a next-generation narrowband tactical satellite communications system designed to significantly improve ground communications to U.S. forces on the move and around the globe.
ULA's next launch is the Delta II Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) mission for NASA scheduled for Jan. 29, 2015, from Space Launch Complex-2 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
The EELV program was established by the United States Air Force to provide assured access to space for Department of Defense and other government payloads. The commercially developed EELV program supports the full range of government mission requirements, while delivering on schedule and providing significant cost savings over the heritage launch systems.
With more than a century of combined heritage, United Launch Alliance is the nation’s most experienced and reliable launch service provider. ULA has successfully delivered more than 90 satellites to orbit that provide critical capabilities for troops in the field, aid meteorologists in tracking severe weather, enable personal device-based GPS navigation and unlock the mysteries of our solar system.
For more information on ULA, visit the ULA website at www.ulalaunch.com, or call the ULA Launch Hotline at 1-877-ULA-4321 (852-4321).
The University of Colorado Denver Business School is enrolling students now for its Fall 2015 MBA program in South Denver. CU Denver began its collaboration with The Wildlife Experience to offer classes in South Denver in the fall of 2014. The Business School is expanding its offerings this fall and students will be able to choose between the Downtown and South Denver campuses for class location.
Expanded offerings will allow both part-time and full-time students to complete the entire CU Denver MBA at the South Denver location starting in fall of 2015. In addition to offering the complete MBA core in South Denver students will be able to choose from electives in areas like project management, leadership and business planning.
An MBA from the CU Denver Business School provides students with the relevant education that employers value most. Students build a degree that gives them experience, skills, and knowledge in a competitive marketplace. The CU Denver Business School offers more degree specializations, industry specific programs, and dual degree options than any other business school in the region. They partner with over 300 businesses that bring high-profile scholarship, internship and job opportunities to their graduates.
Attend an Information Session to learn more about the programs and classes offered by the CU Denver Business School. Wednesday, March 4 from 5-7pm at the Wildlife Experience, 10035 Peoria St., Parker, CO. For more information, contact Graduate Advising at 303-315-8200.
The Business School at the University of Colorado Denver is a hub of innovation, collaboration and discovery. With full AACSB accreditation it is the largest accredited graduate school of business in the Rocky Mountain region and places it in the top 5 percent of business programs worldwide. The Business School offers outstanding education to more than 3,000 undergraduate and graduate students each year who come from around the world to study in one of its twelve academic disciplines.
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University of Colorado Denver | Business School
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As the 2015 legislative session begins, that South Metro Denver Chamber (SMDC) has joined a new organization to improve the efficacy and efficiency of its public policy outreach. Effective immediately, the Chamber has joined the Douglas County Business Alliance and the services of the The Capstone Group.
The Douglas County Business Alliance (DCBA) is a coalition of business organizations with a mission to provide a single voice for the Douglas County business community on business-related legislation focused on the following subjects: Transportation; Water; Business-Friendly Public Policy; Education; Tax Policy; Sustainable Development. The Douglas County Business Alliance is comprised of representatives from the following organizations: Castle Pines Chamber of Commerce; Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce; Castle Rock Economic Development Council; Denver South Economic Development Partnership; Highlands Ranch Chamber of Commerce; Parker Chamber of Commerce; Parker Economic Development Council; South Metro Denver Chamber.
The Capstone Group, whose services the DCBA utilizes, is a full-service public affairs and government relations team based in Denver, Colorado.
“We are looking forward to partnering with our fellow DCBA members in utilizing the tremendous legislative services of Mary Marchun and the Capstone Group. Her organization provides comprehensive legislative reporting, lobbying services, and other important resources that we are eager to provide to our membership,” said Natalie Harden, SMDC director of public policy and economic development.
The Chamber participated in the DCBA Legislative Preview and Legislative Kickoff Receptions last week, both of which hosted numerous members of the incoming Colorado State Legislature.
“The Capstone Group has a great reputation in the business and legislative communities and we look forward to working with them,” said Jeff Wasden, president of the Colorado Business Roundtable and SMDC Chair of Public Policy.
Chamber members will have access to Capstone’s legislative updates through the bimonthly Prosper newsletter. For more information on the Chamber’s public policy committees please visit www.bestchamber.com or call 303-795-0142.
Douglas County Business Alliance (DCBA) Morning at the Capitol is March 11, 2015 from 7:30am – 10:00am, State Capitol (200 E. Colfax. Denver, CO 80203)
If you didn’t catch it, the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation’s Colorado Energy Coalition (CEC) put out their annual Resource Rich Colorado report. We recommend you take a moment to read this report, which highlights Colorado’s balanced energy economy, informs public discussion on responsible energy development.”
Sixth Annual Resource Rich Colorado highlights Colorado’s balanced energy economy, informs public discussion on responsible energy development
December 16, 2014, Janet Fritz – The Colorado Energy Coalition (CEC), an industry affiliate of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation (Metro Denver EDC), today released its annual study highlighting Colorado’s competitiveness in the oil, natural gas, coal, renewables, power, and environment and sustainability sectors of the energy industry.
In its sixth edition, Resource Rich Colorado (RRC) compares Colorado to the 49 other states based on the availability of natural resources for energy generation, relevant energy policies and programs, pertinent intellectual and innovation resources vital to the energy industry, and the state’s employment and industry growth.
“Now in its sixth year, Resource Rich Colorado is regarded as a balanced source of reliable energy analysis,” said Tom Clark, CEO of the Metro Denver EDC. “Our goal is to position longitudinal energy research in order to move beyond politics. By educating and informing our state legislators and the public, Colorado is positioned to chart a course for responsible energy discussion and development.”
Clark noted the work currently underway by Governor Hickenlooper’s oil and gas task force as a positive example of both sides of Colorado’s balanced energy economy working together cooperatively, while keeping Colorado’s economy at the forefront.
Energy policies that distinguish Colorado from its competitor states in the energy industry include:
New employment data included in RRC shows robust job growth in the energy industry. Colorado ranked sixth in the nation for cleantech industry employment concentration in 2014. Directly employing 23,410 people, employment rose by 5.3 percent over the previous year, with 1,170 new positions added. Five-year employment growth of 29.1 percent was nearly double the U.S. growth rate. Colorado is ninth in fossil fuels employment, with the same one-year growth rate of 5.3 percent, 2,380 new jobs added, and 29.5 percent five-year job growth.
A noteworthy trend from this year’s report include the fact that coal production is decreasing nationwide and in Colorado, with the state posting a 5.8 percent average annual decrease in production during the past five years. However, Colorado coal is considered high-quality, and is in high demand by utilities across the country working to meet Clean Air Act requirements.
When it comes to environment and sustainability, Colorado has made notable strides in combating emissions through improved efficiencies. In addition, the state is a leader in the built-space environment, ranking among the top-10 states for LEED-certified space per capita.
The report also cites that while Colorado’s energy industry is benefiting from unprecedented success, the state’s energy companies continue to face significant regulatory and political uncertainty. Of note, the federal renewable electricity Production Tax Credit (PTC) only received a short-term extension through 2013, with congress currently debating a retroactive extension for 2014. Ambiguity surrounding tax reform and budgetary constraints continue to cloud the future of the PTC.
“Despite some level of regulatory and political uncertainty, Colorado’s competitive advantages of having a low income tax, moderate business costs, and a diverse resource base continue to attract and retain companies in the energy and natural resource sector,” said Clark.
» Resource Rich Colorado Executive Summary (PDF)
» Resource Rich Colorado Full Study (PDF)
About the Colorado Energy Coalition
Formed in 2006, the Colorado Energy Coalition (CEC) is an industry affiliate of the Metro Denver Economic Development Corporation. The CEC is a diverse organization dedicated to strengthening the business climate in Colorado that supports all sectors within the energy industry-fossil fuels, cleantech, energy efficiency, and conservation. CEC members represent the industry, finance, law, government, education, and economic development organizations. The CEC is housed at and staffed by the Metro Denver EDC. The CEC's Competitive Analysis Committee conducts research on Colorado's competitive position in energy in the national and global energy economies, results of which are published in the annual Resource Rich Colorado report. To learn more, see www.metrodenver.org/cec.
CEC Media contact: Janet Fritz - Senior Director, Marketing and Technology, Metro Denver Economic Development Corp., 303.475.4194