MPE receives national ‘blue ribbon’ school award

Nov 24, 2015

Acadia Parish Today

RAYNE, LA – Martin Petitjean Elementary, an early adopter of The Leader in Me, was recognized as a National Blue Ribbon School for their performance in Achievement Gap Closing. Read about this prestigious achievement as well as their work using The Leader in Me.

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La Paloma holds flag ceremony to honor veterans

Nov 21, 2015

The Fallbrook/Bonsall Village News

FALLBROOK, CA — La Paloma students dressed in red, white and blue to honor community and family veterans in a special flag ceremony. All veterans received special medallions made by the students, and later, one student from each class was awarded a certificate for exemplary leadership skills learned through the Leader in Me process.

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At Hueytown Elementary School, Love and Data Tackle Alabama’s Education Problems

Nov 20, 2015

Birmingham Watch

HUEYTOWN, AL – Staff at Hueytown Elementary are looking at real data to assess the academic progress of their students, and they are seeing their students succeed. In the background of that success is The Leader in Me. Both Principal Angela Watkins and Jefferson County Data and Accountability Supervisor, Kellie Yeager see The Leader in Me as a positive contributor to Hueytown’s academic achievements.

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New Program Teaches AISD Students Leadership

Nov 19, 2015

Big County

ABILENE, TX – The Leader in Me process has already made significant changes to the AISD elementary school culture. Student behavior and reasonability have improved, and students are having fun in the classroom, while realizing their potential as leaders. "As a leader you can accomplish a lot in life like we'll be seeing a lot of changes in our world,' said Bonham elementary student Kyle Lackey.

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CiTi Works With FranklinCovey to Implement ‘The Leader in Me’ in Local Schools

Nov 18, 2015

Oswego County Today

MEXICO, NY – The Center for Instruction, Technology & Innovation is working with Franklin Covey to start The Leader in Me process. CiTi Staff Development Coordinator Liane Benedict expects it will transform and empower students to help them establish and reach their personal and academic goals. Students will learn there are countless ways to contribute in life.

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Schools report progress: AES office referrals, tardies down

Nov 18, 2015

Andalusia Star News

ANDALUSIA, AL – Office referrals have decreased by 30 percent at Andalusia Elementary School, and there has been a considerable decrease in the number of students who are tardy. As part of The Leader in Me process, using input from students, school leaders developed a new mission statement for AES: “We learn. We belong. We lead to succeed at Andalusia Elementary.”

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Leader in Me earns district national honor

Nov 13, 2015

The Vicksburg Post

VICKSBURG, MS –The National Dropout Prevention Network presented the Vicksburg-Warren School District with the Crystal Star Award, given for excellence in dropout recovery, intervention and prevention. The school has used the holistic education provided by The Leader in Me process to help make this turn around. “It’s transforming the culture of the schools so that students really know they are responsible for their futures,” VWSD Board of Trustees President, Bryan Pratt said.

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Elementary school news show a great learning experience

Nov 13, 2015

Indiana Gazette

Purchase Line, PA – Students at Purchase Line Elementary are getting a true 21st century education. Sixth graders are news anchors for the school’s morning news show. The news program covers school announcements, student birthdays and the weather. Students and staff worked together to create these opportunities to help students develop public speaking skills and active listening habits.

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Valley life: Building leaders

Nov 10, 2015

Visalia Times Delta

VISALIA, CA – Students at Valley Life Charter School are facing challenges with tenacity and seizing the opportunity to lead. With the implementation of The Leader in Me, students are seeing a clearer pathway to their future goals. Read how Emma and Grace see these skills translating to their vision of opening a pediatric clinic.

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Pleasant Lea students develop anti-bullying assemblies, activities

Oct 28, 2015

Lee’s Summit Journal

LEE’S SUMMIT, MO – A small group of students at Pleasant Lea Elementary School have found their voice and want to empower others to find their voice and speak up in our school community on topics or issues that they are passionate about, like stopping bullying in schools. A group of 10 girls presented their anti-bullying program and also performed the song at the Oct. 15 Lee’s Summit R-7 Board of Education meeting.

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State superintendent finds 'deep level of hope' at Cranberry-Prosperity school

Oct 23, 2015

The Register Herald

WEST VIRGINIA –The Leader in Me process is turning out empowered, self-directed students at Cranberry-Prosperity Elementary School. “My heart is so full right now,” Dr. Michael Martirano said. “When I hear from the voices of our children that they're getting a quality education and being supported by adults, it provides a deep level of hope.

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Raleigh educator shares lessons for student success at Acadiana summit

Oct 20, 2015

The Advocate

BATON ROUGE, LA – Muriel Summers, co-author of The Leader in Me, spoke in Acadiana. She focused her talk on the importance of teacher training and inspiring educators in the room to recognize their talents so they can help their students recognize and develop their own talents. “I don’t ever want to hear you say, ‘I’m just a teacher.’ You are worth your weight in gold.”

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RIVERSIDE COUNTY: 13 programs applauded for helping students

Oct 19, 2015

The Press Enterprise

RIVERSIDE, CA – When Trevor Dietrich took over at McKinley Elementary School two years ago, he wanted to change the campus culture. The principal hoped to get kids excited about learning and boost teacher morale. He and his staff chose to implement The Leader in Me process, which has already changed the school’s climate by raising attendance and lowering suspensions, ultimately propelling the Corona campus to a regional education honor. “It’s awesome,” Dietrich said. “It’s validating that what we’re doing makes a difference for kids.”

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“Proactive Principal” leads Randolph’s Fernbrook School

Oct 14, 2015


RANDOLPH, NJ — Principal Danielle Soldivieri, dressed as the Proactive Principal, gave students high-fives and encouraged them to live their lives proactively at the first whole school meeting on October 1. Read about how Fernbrook is applying The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Kids in their learning.

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Principal who pioneered The Leader in Me school program to speak at Educators Summit in Lafayette

Oct 12, 2015

The Advocate

BATON ROUGE, LA– The United Way of Acadiana Educators Summit on Oct. 20 will feature Muriel Summers, a principal who pioneered the use of author Franklin Covey’s “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” into a leadership development program for schools. Since implementing the model, Summers’ school — A.B. Combs Leadership Magnet Elementary School in Raleigh, North Carolina — has received several awards.

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Lancaster Co. school latest to embrace ‘The Leader in Me’ program

Oct 12, 2015

The Herald

LANCASTER, SC — After six weeks of implementing The Leader in Me at Buford Elementary, principal Andrea Ribelin is already seeing changes in student behavior. One kindergarten student made it his daily responsibility to lead a blind student to class and two second-graders resolved a conflict amongst themselves.

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Brother-sister duo creates Helping Hands initiative at elementary school

Oct 12, 2015

The Source

UTICA, MI – With a new school year, principal and the newly implemented The Leader in Me process, the Fountain kids decided to take the lead and do something for others. Reese and Max had the school supply box ready before school started so students were able to get what they needed and also donate to those who needed items. Principal Andrea Hasse said that the entire Fountain family took on the leadership mantra and truly showcased that leadership acts can be big or small.

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Power Upper El starts learning about ‘7 Habits’

Oct 8, 2015

Hometown Life

FARMINGTON HILLS, MI – Power Upper Elementary school is anxious to help its students do well, not just during their time at the elementary school, but later in life as well. That’s why the administrative staff chose to be a Leader in Me school. “It helps to build responsibility in our students, giving them skills to take to adulthood,” said Power Principal Allyson Robinson. And their efforts are working. For fellow fifth-grader Suzanne Kwasniewicz, being proactive means “having a good attitude and making sure you are determined.”

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Brookhill establishes ‘7 Habits’ clubs

Oct 5, 2015

The News Courier

ATHENS, AL — Brookhill Elementary has created seven clubs based on each of the 7 Habits of Happy Kids where they focus on all aspects of the specific habit. One of the clubs is called the Salt of the Earth Club, which helps students strengthen their synergy techniques. Read about what students are doing in the other six clubs.

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What’s Right With Our Schools: Leader in Me

Oct 5, 2015


MACON, GA — Sonny Carter Elementary School students are applying The 7 Habits of Happy Kids at school and home and their families are noticing. Glenda Earwood-Smith, a grandmother of a Sonny Carter student, knew her grandson started applying Leader in Me concepts to his daily life when he chose to complete his homework before playing with a new toy.

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