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Larinda Agee May 21, 2013
My 5th Graders have been participating in a collaborative “buddy” group with two other classrooms. For our “culminating” project, the three groups decided to synergize and write a book titled, Berea’s Unsung Heroes: Our Invaluable Leaders.
We let the students, their families, and our school community nominate people in our town and surrounding area who do really awesome, amazing things that de...
Christina McGuey May 14, 2013
Dr. John McKenna, Fletcher Elementary School Principal, has been honored by being named the New York State Outstanding Educator of the Year by the School Administrators Association of New York State.
The award is given out each year to one of the association's members and recognizes "outstanding contributions to public education, professional organizations and research and/or writing in the fiel...
Brian Gardner Apr 30, 2013
AB Chandler Elementary, a Leader in Me school in Kentucky recently had a former, retired teacher come back to create an amazing display of The 7 Habits of Happy Kids. This mural is proudly displayed in our hallway and is a great reminder of our leadership culture!
Brian Gardner, Principal
AB Chandler Elementary, KY
Judy Yauch Apr 24, 2013
Brookings Institution Senior Fellow Ron Haskins testifying before the Senate Finance Committee, June 5, 2012:
“I want to emphasize the importance of individual initiative in reducing poverty and promoting economic success. Young people can virtually assure that they and their families will avoid poverty if they follow three elementary rules for success—complete at least a high school education,...
Jennifer Williams Apr 16, 2013
Principal, Laura Cecil from Sorgho Elementary School, KY wears her 7 Habits Hero costume to celebrate the students’ learning of the 7 Habits. What a fun and creative way to celebrate!
Jennifer Williams, Consultant
Julie Nolan Apr 09, 2013
The Scioto Ridge learning community was honored to have over 200 guests on Tuesday, March 5, 2013 visit our school during The Leader in Me Symposium held in Columbus, Ohio. Little did we know, two special guests, Dr. John Covey and his wife, Jane, were in the audience as well! Our students and staff were excited to share our classroom practices with the Coveys, as well as answer their question...
Judy Yauch Apr 02, 2013
Recently,two of our FranklinCovey Education Client Partners were making school visits inAmarillo, Texas. They decided to take a stop at Cadillac Ranch, which is row ofold Cadillac cars that have been partially buried, standing straight up. It istradition to spray paint a message on the cars so Tom Osborn and Joey Quinonesspray painted The Leader in Me!
Jennifer Williams Mar 26, 2013
Staff collaboration is rolling between Worthington Estates Elementary, Hillcrest Elementary, and Scioto Ridge Elementary! These staff members are connecting in new ways with great results for both schools. It is awesome to see them begin this new journey of collaboration. Based on their results, I would highly suggest collaborating with other Leader in Me schools.
Matt Miller Mar 12, 2013
We just had a very successful coaching day with our staff. We met with four action teams. We decided to center the work of improving goal setting, leadership roles, trust, and parent involvement.
At our school, we make sure that every staff member is a part of an action team ... one of the teams being the Lighthouse team.
This day was very, very successful and the staff loved it.
Matt Miller, ...
Darcy DiCosmo Mar 05, 2013
This weekend, my children spent some time with a special needs child whose behavior can draw attention to her.
My children went out of their way to calm and play with this little girl. Afterward, her mother thanked them. My son proudly responded, “That’s what being a good leader is about.” My daughter said, “That’s what respect is about.”
My daughter went on to say that if children in her class...
Angie Doelker Feb 26, 2013
Our first Work-A-Thon was a thing of pure synergy. Members of the Student Lighthouse Team had ideas to make the school look better, while teachers had a few ideas for displays as well. The student leaders were excited. Teachers needed to find a way to tap into their energy, therefore, the idea for a work night came to be.
At first, we did not know how many student leaders we should have par...
Lorise Goeke Feb 19, 2013
Matt Miller Feb 12, 2013
Recently, another 4th grade teacher in our district and I used the district LYNC system to enable our 4th grade leaders to video chat about WIN/WIN ideas. The students loved it! We will be keeping in touch and supporting each other throughout the year.
Mary Grimm, 4th Grade Teacher
Stanton Elementary, MO
The Leader in Me Lighthouse School
Darcy DiCosmo Feb 05, 2013
This year we turned our cafeteria into a café to make the cafeteria less intimidating and encourage a sense of community. About half the students can fit around the round tables that have been purchased so far; classes rotate schedules so that all students get a chance to sit at them. This gives students an opportunity to get to know other students that aren’t in their classroom. As they get to...
Gary McGuey Jan 29, 2013
After break I go over our classroom rules as a reminder, so I figured I would go ahead and incorporate the habits since they are so much about classroom management in my opinion. Well, I had 2nd grade come in the gym. I asked the group to have a sit in their assigned seats and wait for the other classes before we got started. While waiting for the others, two students where crawling around on ...
Sarah Noble Jan 28, 2013
Heritage Elementary School—located in Highland, Michigan. Having implemented The Leader in Me process for nearly three years, this pre-K–5 public school of 600 students exudes leadership. From the highly active and effective Lighthouse Team to their innovative Student Data Team to the energetic Parent Lighthouse Team, each stakeholder group demonstrates a strong commitment to creating and maint...
Sarah Noble Jan 28, 2013
Blessed Sacrament Catholic School—located in Quincy, Illinois. Blessed Sacrament Catholic School , a Pre-K–8 parochial school, is the first Catholic school in the United States and first school in the state of Illinois to achieve Lighthouse Status. This achievement is the result of great determination and a clear mission:
Leaders for Christ
What is unique and most impressive about BSCS is Princi...
Sarah Noble Jan 28, 2013
Kyrene de los Cerritos Elementary—located in Phoenix, Arizona, Cerritos Elementary, “A Leadership Academy”, is officially welcomed as our newest Leader in Me Lighthouse School.
The journey for principal Darcy DiCosmo and her staff began when it became clear to them that the culture and climate of the school needed to take a positive turn. Many teachers were questioning their position at Cerritos...
Robert Collins Jan 22, 2013
Rear Admiral Fernandez "Frank" Ponds had a great visit with the students and staff at Lehua Elementary, HI where they taught him and his wife the 7 Habits and demonstrated their leadership skills. He was very impressed and told the students he has been a big fan of Stephen Covey for years and that currently his favorite book was The Speed of Trust.
He commended them on their efforts and said th...
Gail Cunningham Jan 15, 2013
The Academy of Moore County, a K--5 "The Leader in Me" public charter school with 173 students, has just completed its 2nd annual "Penny War", a school-wide fundraiser that shows what a difference synergy and a little bit of change can make. Each homeroom class had a jar for collecting coins. Students donated pennies for their own class jars to raise their point total, while donating silver c...