Education in our school district comes in many different forms. We take a well-rounded approach to learning, providing students with first-class instruction, collaborative programming, teacher and peer support, and a diverse array of enrichment opportunities.
At the heart of any effective education strategy are sets of guidelines, standards, and best-practices. The Iowa Core is one such set of guidelines, providing our district staff with a comprehensive framework to work within.
The Leader in Me program teaches our students leadership and life skills for the 21st century.
The 7 Habits for Kids
I am a responsible person. I take initiative. I choose my actions, attitudes, and moods. I do not blame others for my wrong actions. I do the right thing without being asked, even when no one is looking.
Begin with the End in Mind
I plan ahead and set goals. I do things that have meaning and make a difference. I am an important part of my classroom and contribute to my school’s mission and vision. I look for ways to be a good citizen.
Put First Things First
I spend my time on things that are most important. This means I say no to things I know I should not do. I set priorities, make a schedule, and follow my plan. I am disciplined and organized.
I balance courage for getting what I want with consideration for what others want. I make deposits in others’ Emotional Bank Accounts. When conflicts arise, I look for third alternatives.
Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood
I listen to other people’s ideas and feelings. I try to see things from their viewpoints. I listen to others without interrupting. I am confident in voicing my ideas. I look people in the eyes when talking.
I value other people’s strengths and learn from them. I get along well with others, even people who are different than me. I work well in groups. I seek out other people’s ideas to solve problems because I know that by teaming with others we can create better solutions than anyone of us can alone. I am humble.
Sharpen the Saw
I take care of my body by eating right, exercising and getting sleep. I spend time with family and friends. I learn in lots of ways and lots of places, not just at school. I find meaningful ways to help others.
Cedar Falls offers a comprehensive network of services to students who require a different approach to teaching and learning. We are committed to serving these students through support within general education classrooms as well as specific individualized services outside of the classroom.