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Summit Draws 1,000 Educators to Campus

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Posted on August 4, 2010

More than 1,000 educators from 33 U.S. states and 14 nations listened as Dr. Stephen R. Covey discussed leadership principles at The Leader in Me Global Education Summit.

The crowd filled Steele Hall Mainstage Theatre, and events on stage were transmitted live to the Performance Center.

Covey is the world-renowned author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His recent book, The Leader in Me, explains how teachers can foster leadership in their students by creating a classroom culture based on habits such as "be proactive," "think win-win" and "put first things first."

During the opening keynote session, summit participants saw young leaders in action when a group of children from A.B. Combs Elementary in Raleigh, N.C., joined Covey on stage. One by one the children, ages 6-11, described the seven habits and explained their influence both at home and in school.

Poised and articulate, the children answered questions from the audience, advising a new assistant principal to leave his office and get to know students by name, and suggesting that students be "pre-forgiven" for their inevitable mistakes.

Covey also introduced the principal of A.B. Combs School, Dr. Muriel Summers, who turned around the failing school by transforming it into a magnet school focused on leadership and 7 Habits training.

Summers spoke to educators about "Developing Leaders: One Child at a Time." Her talk was followed by a "state of the union" address by Sean Covey, author of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens.

Other speakers at the summit include David Langford, Dean Collinwood, Salome Thomas-el and Cal U President Angelo Armenti, Jr.  Break-out sessions on the second day of the summit focus on issues of particular interest to elementary, secondary and university educators.

Dr. Stephen Covey holds an honorary doctorate from Cal U. He has spoken previously on campus, most recently at the 2009 education summit.

California University offers 7 Habits classes, free of charge, to all students, faculty and staff. The University's Character Institute provides training to business and school groups, while supporting Cal U's mission of building both character and careers.

The 2010 summit was sponsored by Franklin Covey, California University and AVI Fresh. University Conference Services organized housing in campus residence halls for many of the out-of-town guests.

Cal U plans to host a similar summit in August 2011.

View slides from President Armenti's keynote address and breakout session presentation:

View photos from Dr. Stephen R. Covey's keynote address.

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