The 8 Keys of Excellence

The 8 Keys of Excellence, developed by Learning Forum International president, Bobbi DePorter, nearly 30 years ago for students attending SuperCamp already are an important part of many schools around the world.

The 8 Keys strengthen the character core of young people at a time in their lives when they need it most. The 8 Keys help kids make better decisions and take appropriate actions. In addition, young people gain confidence as they learn more about themselves, become proud of who they are and find their own voice.

When integrated into classrooms, the Keys give students purpose and unity and many teachers have found that the focus on the Keys has even helped reduce behavior problems.

Definitions of each Key are provided below. The most complete explanation of the Keys appear in Bobbi’s book, The 8 Keys of Excellence – Principles to Live By, which you can order online.

Match behaviors with values

Demonstrate your positive personal values in all you do and say. Be sincere and real.

Learn from mistakes

View failures as feedback that provides you with the information you need to learn, grow, and succeed.

Speak honestly and kindly

Think before you speak. Make sure your intention is positive and your words are sincere.

Make the most of every moment

Focus your attention on the present moment. Keep a positive attitude.

Make your dreams happen

Take positive action. Follow your vision without wavering.

Take responsibility for actions

Be responsible for your thoughts, feelings, words, and actions. “Own” the choices you make and the results that follow.

Be willing to do things differently

Recognize what’s not working and be willing to change what you’re doing to achieve your goal.

Live your best life

Be mindful of self and others while focusing on what’s meaningful and important in your life. Inner happiness and fulfillment come when your mind, body, and aspirations are nurtured by the choices you make.

Communities of Excellence - Living the 8 Keys is a Learning Forum® International Initiative and part of The Excellence Effect movement.
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