About 100 educators from across the Kansas City region got hands on lessons on how students are learning to become leaders during the annual Leadership Day on Friday, March 11 at Trailwoods Elementary School.

Trailwoods students guided the Leadership Day participants in a wide variety of activities, including a leadership assembly led by students, leadership buddy exercises, question/answer times with staff, leadership data notebook presentations, and classroom visits to observe habits instruction embedded in the core curriculum and lunch with student leaders.

Trailwoods mission is to ensure that each student reaches his or her fullest potential as a leader. This day allowed students to sharing how they are learning, leading, and succeeding at Trailwoods. “We want educators to experience what we do at Trailwoods and be empowered to help their own students reach for success,” Principal Christy Harrison said.


Interim Superintendent Al Tunis was interviewed by students as the community leader of the month. Students asked Mr. Tunis about how he used Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in his career and life. Tunis explained how the students can practice the habits every day in order to make them lifelong skills.

Throughout the rest of the day students led participants through breakout sessions where they showcased the leadership roles they held, community service projects they completed, and how they work to ensure the school community is successful.

In one classroom, Leadership Day participants watched science and math teacher Jacob Harder read the Chinese legend about the invention of the Tangram puzzle. He then had the students synergize to assemble their own Tangram puzzles.