Bibb County is seeking to redefine leadership in education – by empowering students to lead their own success. To implement the proven The Leader in Me in all Bibb County Elementary and Middle Schools – making not just leaders out of our students but transforming an entire school district into a national success story – community leaders, business partners, education advocates and the Bibb County School Board and administration are setting out on an ambitious fundraising campaign to raise $2.1 million.
We believe without The Leader in Me, we fail the future our of community. Through instilling leadership in our students, we transform our school system with a proven program that will:
- Teach and Instill Leadership Principles
- Create a Success-Driven, Student-Led Leadership Culture
- Align Academic Systems Based on that Culture
- Shift a Paradigm in Education that Empowers our Entire Community
The Problem with our Public Schools
- Families who can afford to go elsewhere are bailing out of our public-school system into private or parochial schools. The unintended consequence is more community division.
- 11 out of 39 public schools in Macon Bibb are on the State of Georgia’s “chronic failing” list.
- 100% of the 39 Macon Bibb schools meet the Title 1 threshold – where 80% of our children and their parents live at or below the poverty level.
- Generational poverty in our urban core continues to propagate into succeeding generations.
- Existing employers are not getting the skilled workforce they need.
- Much needed jobs and industry pass us by in favor of other nearby communities with better public education.
- We have a proven and effective school superintendent who has cast a vision to have 90% of our students graduate high school by 2025.
- We have a school board focused on the vision and working toward the goal.
- The citizens of our community passed a 1 cent local option tax to fund new schools, technology upgrades, and much needed repairs to deliver the best environment for learning.
- The school system is focused on improving reading skills.
What are we missing?
We need to help our children be prepared to learn when they come to school.
Our Best Solution
Three years ago, our Chamber of Commerce and the business community formed a
collaborative partnership (the Business Education Partnership – BEP) with the Bibb County School District. One of the first initiatives this partnership chose to implement was The Leader in Me (TLIM), a global and proven leadership process derived from Stephen Covey’s book 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. The BEP looked at numerous programs but soon realized that most solutions to improve poor schools focus almost exclusively on everything except students. The community provided funds to implement TLIM in two schools in 2015 and after seeing the results funded for two more school in 2016/2017. TLIM has had a positive impact not only students, but teachers and parents…and has enormous future potential to sow new seeds of leadership within our community.
To be most effective in the 21st century, students need to become proficient in core subjects such as reading, writing, science, and math. But it is becoming increasingly important for them to also become proficient in basic social and life skills. In short, they need to have the mindsets, skill-sets, and tool-sets to: 1) take care of themselves, to become independent, 2) to interact well with others, to become interdependent, and 3) to continually improve and stay current over time.