Allen gets rare Leader in Me Lighthouse honor

Mar 17, 2016

Chillicothe Gazette

CHILLICOTHE, OH – Read about Allen Elementary and their journey to achieving Lighthouse certification. With support from the area chamber of commerce and dedication from school staff and students, Allen reached this rare milestone, and the community is noticing as well.

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Carmel Elementary hosts Leadership Day in celebration of new program

Mar 15, 2016

Hesperia Star

HESPERIA, CA – Carmel Elementary has been able to successfully integrate The Leader in Me into their school curriculum. This implementation has spurred an understanding and a change among the student body of what being a leader means.

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Elementary schools honored for adopting leadership principles

Mar 10, 2016

Daily News

ALVATON, KY – Two schools in Kentucky were recognized as Lighthouse Schools for their progress with The Leader in Me process. Sarah Johnson, principal of Alvaton Elementary, said the program has been "a transformation for our students, faculty and parents here at Alvaton."

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School “Lighthouse Team” teaches leadership

Mar 10, 2016

News Eagle Reporter

DINGMANS FERRY, DE – To encourage self-directed learning and student voice in Dingman Delaware Elementary School, four students from each grade are now part of the Lighthouse Team, a group that will spearhead The Leader in Me process at their school. Student empowerment, Principal Victoria McNeely said is important because it inspires students to become leaders.

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Riverview’s ‘Leader in Me’ program builds character

Mar 9, 2016

Ken-Ton Bee

CITY OF TONAWANDA, NY – Riverview Elementary School experienced another highly successful student led conference. The school has been a Leader in Me school for 5 years, providing students with a 21st century learning experience. During the “Leadership Day” local high school students were shocked by all that the elementary school kids could do on their own such as lead tours, greet guests, act as technology helpers and give presentations.

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Leader in Me helps students develop soft skills

Mar 5, 2016


WATERLOO, IA – The business community in Iowa made the first case for implementing the leadership development initiative and provides funding to ensure it continues growing. They were concerned that students were not coming out of schools with professional development needed to succeed in future jobs. Leader Valley director Melissa Reade said, "It's really authentic learning opportunities in, I think, the most pivotal years."

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CH student chosen to attend Harvard Leadership Summit

Mar 5, 2016

Daily Mountain Eagle

CARBON HILL, AL – Read about Amara Killen, an eighth grader at Carbon Hill Jr. High, as she will represent her school at Harvard University’s Leadership Summit. Nominated by one of her teachers to attend the Summit, Killen sits on her schools Lighthouse team and exemplifies leadership in every sense.

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While test scores can predict academic success, self-management and relationship skills may better prepare students to thrive and graduate

Mar 2, 2016

The Atlantic

CHICAGO, IL – A focus on social emotional learning, 21st century skills, and school culture has changed the educational success of several Chicago schools. Students there are more likely to graduate, get accepted to college and attend college. The Leader in Me process helps schools implement this type of education philosophy.

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Elementary students learn alternative strategies

Mar 1, 2016

The Daily Reporter

COLDWATER, MI – Using The Leader in Me process as a foundation, Larsen Elementary School Principle Dr. Shawn Bishop has created a Growth Mindset Pilot for the 2015 – 2016 school year. He wanted to emphasize social emotional learning as part of a well-rounded education. "If they think they are not good at science or math or reading, they can be if they believe in themselves, good things will happen,” he said.

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News Focus: Sturgis schools incorporate ‘Leader in Me’ skills

Mar 1, 2016

Sturgis Journal

STURGIS, MI – the Sturgis school district is starting The Leader in Me process with teacher training, which involves teachers volunteering to read Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and getting together each month to discuss one habit. From there, teachers can start incorporating the habits into the classroom. “It’s intrinsic rather than extrinsic,” Principal Nicole Airgood said, based on internal values and character rather than externally modified behavior.

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Hillcrest Elementary sees passion, behavioral changes through second Leader Day

Feb 27, 2016

HJ News

LOGAN, UT – During their second year celebrating Leader Day, Hillcrest Elementary educators agree student behavioral patterns have changed since their facility became a Leader in Me school three years ago. “The kids own their choices. They own their behavior. They’re working together. They’re learning basically life skills. “It’s working,” said Tom Papiernik, refocus specialist at the school. “We’re consistently seeing improvement in their behavior, and it’s very apparent from before we started the program to now.”

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Students take on leadership roles in the classroom at Manchester's Gossler Park Elementary School

Feb 26, 2016

Union Leader

MANCHESTER, NH – The Leader in Me process is having a positive impact on Gossler Park School. Teachers in each grade are using the materials to create positive behaviors, improve the culture of the school and to create leaders one student at a time. The community is invested in these students as well, donating money towards to the program. Meredith Stidham, assistant vice president of community impact for Granite United Way, said, “I remember thinking, how do we empower kids? This was a beautiful opportunity.”

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‘Leader In Me’ Program highlights kids natural talents

Feb 25, 2016

Grand Blanc View Community News

GOODRICH, MI – The students and families of Reid Elementary school are seeing the change the school’s Leader in Me process has made in school and at home. One student mentioned that he felt motivated by the principles to help his mom get groceries in the house. Principal Beth Millerschin thinks the children are receptive to the idea because the staff embraced their belief in the children’s abilities, as well as being thoroughly trained in the program.

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Students make autism ribbons to honor Shay

Feb 24, 2016

The Rolla Daily News

SPRINGFIELD, MO – Students as St. James Middle School, members of one of the schools L.E.A.D team, organized and lead an effort to make autism ribbons to honor a former classmate and further raise awareness around autism. The L.E.A.D groups are based on The Leader in Me and have inspired other groups at St. James Middle School to make a difference in their school and community.

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‘The leader in me’: West Point Intermediate leadership program honored

Feb 24, 2016

The Cullman Times

CULLMAN, AL – West Point Intermediate has traveled a unique path to becoming a Leader in Me school. Principal Shane Barnette had a major focus of changing the culture inside his school and by using The Leader in Me and other strategies by education thought leaders, Barnette, his staff and students have seen a great change in their school and community.

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N’ville Ridge Wood kids take charge of learning

Feb 23, 2016

Hometown Life

NORTHVILLE, MI – Ridge Wood Elementary recently received Lighthouse certification. Read about the goals they set and how the students have become involved. Principal Heather Bauer credits students, families and the community for their support and effort towards this accomplishment.

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Finding the leader in everyone at Highland Elementary

Feb 22, 2016

The World Link

REEDSPORT, OR – Teachers and other staff at Highland Elementary recently went through a Leader in Me overview as part of their exploration and implementation of the process. Read about their overview experience and what the staff learned about The Leader in Me and how it fits in their school.

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The Leader in Me: Harrison Elementary Showcases School Initiative

Feb 20, 2016

Magic Valley

TWIN FALLS, ID – Students and teachers were proud to invite over 50 visitors into their school to showcase the wonderful changes prompted by The Leader in Me process. “It is the culture and climate at our school,” Principal Melissa Ardito. She has noticed students at Harrison are having productive conversations and problem-solving with their peers.

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GCISD students learn how to lead

Feb 17, 2016


GRAPEVINE, TX – Read how The Leader in Me is shaping the culture at Timberline Elementary and how the students are leading in all areas of their education. In their fourth year of implementation, students and staff have really seen the positive shift that has taken place.

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Families find “The Leader in Me” at Cotton Indian Elementary

Feb 15, 2016

Henry Herald

STOCKBRIDGE, GA – Parents of Cotton Indian Elementary school learned that their students will now be part of a The Leader in Me. At the kickoff activity, family’s developed mission statements and watched a play. Principal Lisa Travis described the transformation model as a tried and tested tool to improve performance among professionals and students.

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