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Education Is Key

To Benefit the Social Responsibility Initiative at the Glazer Children’s Museum

On April 12, Glazer Children’s Museum is hosting the 7th annual Education Is Key Breakfast featuring a keynote address on Developing Life-Ready Leaders by Sean Covey, renowned author and president of FranklinCovey Education. The event is presented by Pepin Family Foundation and benefits Glazer Children’s Museum’s Social Responsibility Initiative, which strives to ensure that every child in our community can play with purpose. Each year, the event honors one educator and one student in Tampa Bay who exemplify leadership and compassion in their schools and community. To align with the theme of the keynote address, the awards committee will be looking for nominees who have demonstrated the qualities described in Sean Covey’s book The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. And new this year, the event has expanded to include an award honoring a community leader. The award nominations will open shortly.

Sean Covey is a business executive, author, speaker, and innovator. He is President of FranklinCovey Education and is devoted to transforming education throughout the world through a principle-centered leadership approach and school transformation process called Leader in Me which is now in over 4,000 schools and 50 countries, including several in Hillsborough County. Sean is the author of
best known titles The 4 Disciplines of Execution, The 7 Habits of Happy Kids, The 6 Most Important Decisions You’ll Ever Make: A Guide for Teens, and The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens. To learn more about the Leader In Me program, visit

Glazer Children’s Museum believes that every child deserves the chance to play with purpose and develop as a lifelong learner and leader. To ensure the Museum is accessible to everyone, the Museum relies on generous contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations. The Education is Key Breakfast raises crucial funds for the Museum’s Social Responsibility Initiative. Through the Social Responsibility Initiative, the Museum provides over $470,000 worth of programs and resources to children and families who need it most, including free and discounted admission, scholarships for field trips and camps, sensory-friendly programs, and more. Learn more here.

Sponsorship and host opportunities are still available! 
At the Glazer Children’s Museum, we believe that every child deserves the chance to play with purpose and develop as a lifelong learner and leader. To ensure the Museum is accessible to everyone, GCM relies on generous contributions from individuals, corporations, and foundations to achieve our goal of social responsibility. Together we provide over $470,000 worth of programs and resources to underrepresented children and families including free and discounted. To learn more, please contact Ryan Gonzalez at


Help us recognize an Outstanding Educator and Student in our community. 

Outstanding Educator
Do you know a teacher who strives to create a reflective, analytic environment in which children feel safe to face daily stress and practice positive social behaviors? This educator, who teaches the necessary skills of mindfulness and self-regulation, is busy growing students who will someday be the compassionate leaders and problem-solvers of our world. This type of teacher, who fosters reflection and goal-setting by students, is the one we want to celebrate as this year’s Education is Key teacher.

Outstanding Student
Do you know a self-aware student who has learned to practice mindfulness and self-regulation on a daily basis? Perhaps this student once struggled, but now goes beyond peers in terms of goal-setting and self-motivation. Not only has this student mastered the ability to control impulses and emotions, but is actively working on other executive functions such as flexible thinking, prioritizing, and organization. This is the student we want you to nominate for our Education is Key student award this year—someone who embodies the skills of self-regulation.

Winners receive
$250 award
2 tickets to the awards and breakfast
Special Commemorative Certificate

Judging Criteria
Nominations will be judged on the following criteria for a total of 30 possible points:
Impact on others and community (10 points)
Dedication to growth (10 points)
The nominee’s unique story (10 points)

All nominations are due by 5pm on Wednesday, March 6, 2019. Winners will be announced by Monday, March 18, 2019.