‘Leader in Me’ making positive impact at local middle schools

Feb 14, 2016

Kentucky New Era

PADUCAH, KY – Though new to the Leader in Me, teachers and administrators have noted a marked difference in the school’s climate this year. Student engagement is manifest in its Lighthouse Team, a team of students that meets monthly. “Instead of the teachers doing all the work at every event, the kids take responsibility…” said Timothy Watkins, a Paducah Middle eighth grader and Lighthouse member. “But it’s fun.”

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Symposium encourages educators, students to be leaders

Feb 5, 2016

The Spectrum

ST. GEORGE, UT - The Leader in Me Symposium, held at the Dixie Convention Center from Feb. 1-3, gave staff development and teacher training to local educators by providing opportunities to collaborate with teachers from across the country and become better educated on implementing the Leader in Me program. “When you have great educators who have passion and will make a difference in the lives of kids…you’re going to have a great school.” Ron Clark, the founder of the Ron Clark Academy, said.

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At KMS, hands-on exploration replaces rote drudgery

Feb 5, 2016

Wrangler News

TEMPE, AZ – The days of rote memorization and seemingly endless lectures are being exchanged for hands-on and independent learning as well as personalized classroom intervention to improve student behavior. In addition to teaching professional development, lifelong study skills and leadership, Kyrene Middle School is also bringing students’ coursework to life with technology. Read how The Leader in Me is playing a role in these efforts.

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Students use yoga to aid learning, behavior

Feb 3, 2016

This Week Community News

COLUMBUS, OH – At Heritage Elementary School, a The Leader in Me school, first- through fourth-graders on the Yoga and Mindfulness Leadership Team are participating in yoga classes as part of their holistic education. "This helps us to be proactive, to make better choices and it helps us focus on what's in the moment and not what's bothering us outside the classroom," third grade teacher Lisa Bristle said. "We train our brains to help us focus in the moment and we focus on one thing."

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Leader in Me program brings positive changes at Warsaw Elementary

Jan 29, 2016

The Daily News

WARSAW, NY – “Ownership” was a word used by Bethany Heibel, the school’s art teacher, to describe the mindset of students at the school. Student voice and student motivation are a big part of Warsaw elementary school’s culture. It is in its second year of implementing The Leader in Me process. “I enjoy having students to work with instead of teachers just plan everything,” said fourth grader Meghan Youngers.

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Bowmar students dress as leaders on Leadership Day

Jan 26, 2016

The Vicksburg Post

VICKSBURG, MS – Students celebrated their Mississippi heritage by dressing up as local historical figures during their Leadership Event. While teaching visitors about these historical figures, they also explained the impact The Leader in Me program has made to parents, community members and visitors from other schools. The event was a big hit with the visitors.

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Bucyrus embraces character education

Jan 22, 2016


BUCYRUS, OH – Bucyrus Elementary recently implemented The Leader in Me process. Read why staff members at Bucyrus embraced the process, why they feel it’s important to their school and community and how they went about learning more about The Leader in Me.

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Beechwood’s first Leadership Day a success

Jan 21, 2016

The Vicksburg Post

VICKSBURG, MS – Students at Beechwood Elementary took visitors on a world tour during their recent Leadership Event. Beechwood has been implementing The Leader in Me for only about a year but staff members are impressed with how it has integrated into their school.

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Students warming up community with second annual coat drive; 'Leader in Me' program continues to evolve, WES hoping to help those affected by Elba flood

Jan 13, 2016

Sun Enterprise

DALEVILLE, AL – Students at Windham Elementary School are putting their leadership skills to good use by organizing their second annual coat drive. They collected over 200 coats last year, and hope to do even better this year. WES has been practicing the “Leader in Me” model—a transformational process aimed at creating leaders—for more than four years now. “We have seen such a remarkable change in our students as they learn to be leaders. Activities such as the coat drive are an extension of this,” Principal Christopher Mitten said.

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Laredo student wins competition to see Obama's State of the Union address

Jan 11, 2016

Laredo Morning Times

LAREDO, TX – As a reward for writing an essay on positive habits and leadership, Congressman Henry Cuellar will take elementary school student Anthony Garcia, 11, to see President Barack Obama’s final State of the Union Address. Anthony wants to either become an architect or a senator when he grows up. His school is a Leader in Me school that values a holistic education, teaching students to take responsibility and be leaders.

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Benjamin Harrison Elementary earns honor as Lighthouse School

Jan 7, 2016

Marion Online News

MARION, OH – Benjamin Harrison Elementary recently received Lighthouse certification, making it the second in the state of Ohio to achieve this honor. The means the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes such as decreasing disciplinary actions and bullying in the school by implementing The Leader in Me process. Never ones to be complacent, Benjamin Harrison Principal Leah Filliater said. “We are thinking of what steps we can do to get better.”

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Teaching the leader in all of us

Jan 7, 2016

Ottumwa Courier

ALBIA, IA – The Leader in Me process is having a profound impact on Grant Elementary and Lincoln Center Schools. It’s helped develop a school culture that is friendly and productive. Teacher Larry Achenbach said, “It’s amazing when you see the kids talking to one another like adults would in order to solve a problem.” Principal Joellen Breon shared a recent example of three students helping set up a teacher’s classroom in the morning because she was running late.

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School visit highlights leadership skills for classroom -- and for life

Jan 6, 2016

Herald Whig

QUINCY, IL – Blessed Sacrament School in Quincy, Illinois recently hosted Quincy Conference 2.0. Nearly 900 educators and community members saw first-hand the leadership skills that students are building through The Leader in Me process. Quincy Conference 2.0 provided a prime opportunity for students to have a real world experience in leading discussions and interacting at a high level.

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Charleston Progressive Academy - Building Tomorrow’s Leaders

Dec 16, 2015

The Charleston Chronicle

CHARLESTON, SC — Charleston Progressive Academy (CPA) hosted their annual Leadership Event showcasing their mission and leadership programs. “To this day, [my granddaughter] follows the 7 habit plan in her everyday life,” said Harriet Wilder, CPA’s founder.

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Leader in Me school culture change is expanding in Lehigh Valley

Dec 14, 2015

The Morning Call

ALLENTOWN, PA — The Leader in Me culture is sweeping through Lehigh Valley School District and it’s only continuing to grow. Schools in Bethlehem, Easton, Allentown, Salisbury and Bangor are committed to changing the way members of their community focus on schools; falling scores, out of control students and so on. Read how The Leader in Me process is shifting the educational paradigm in Pennsylvania.

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Clubs at VIS prepare students for academies

Dec 10, 2015

Shelby County Reporter

PELHAM, AL — A total of 33 clubs at Valley Intermediate School meet Wednesdays from 8-8:30 a.m. as part of The Leader in Me initiative. Most recently, the engineering club was tasked with providing Santa solutions for his broken-down sleigh where they created parachutes, zip lines and more using classroom materials.

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Column: Reflecting on, celebrating growth at Johnson El.

Dec 8, 2015

Hometown Life

HIGHLAND, MI — Johnson Elementary has seen some incredible growth this past year, especially in reading and math. Read more about their success and how these students have greatly surpassed their school-wide goals.

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Local school preps students to take the lead

Dec 8, 2015

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO — Students at Martinez Elementary know all about setting goals and putting their 21st century skills to good use. Anne Dunn, an art teacher, said, “They know how to welcome people to our building, they know how to make sure that students are comfortable and help each other out.” School officials hope that students take these leadership skills home and use them throughout their lives.

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Young students learn how to resolve conflicts without violence

Nov 27, 2015

San Antonio Express-News

SAN ANTONIO, TX – Students at Oak Meadows Elementary School took part in some peer mediation training recently and it fit perfectly with the principles taught through The Leader in Me process. Students and staff saw a connection between the conflict resolution methods and the principles of leadership they learn everyday as a Leader in Me school.

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MBHS student speaks at elementary leadership assembly

Nov 25, 2015

Village Living

MOUNTAIN BROOK, AL – Students at Mountain Brook Elementary School received a visit from one of their older peers to talk about leadership. Students heard first hand from a young entrepreneur how leadership skills can help empower them through goal setting, taking responsibility and being accountable. All elements of The Leader in Me.

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