National school philosophy takes shape at Hamilton-Parsons

Oct 2, 2015

Source Newspapers

UTICA, MI — After a summer of teacher training, the staff at Hamilton-Parsons Elementary are ready to teach the 21st century leadership skills of The Leader in Me to their students. Deanna Beadle, a kindergarten teacher, said, “I think these habits are going to provide very young ones with the tools they need to succeed in and out of the classroom.” Everyone is optimistic about the impact on students.

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New Central School program teaches leadership skills

Oct 1, 2015

Chillicothe News

CHILLICOTHE, MO — Inspired by The Leader in Me, teachers Ellen Gott and Amy Taylor got together and came up with a plan to teach students the importance of leadership and team work. The result; Central School created 15 different committees, each with a unique purpose such as Spirit and Team Building. These teams allow students to use their gifts and talents and get them excited about leadership learning.

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Art incorporates the 7 Habits

Sep 26, 2015

Review Times

FOSTORIA, OH — Murals depicting Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits were added in Fostoria City Schools’ three elementary buildings over the summer to remind students of the habits every day. Read more about the changes that have the students excited to learn.

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Tree mural celebrates leadership at Edmonson Elementary

Sep 22, 2015

C&G News

MADISON HEIGHTS, MI — Edmonson Elementary’s new tree mural creatively displays The 7 Habits of Happy Kids in celebration of The Leader in Me coming to their school. They received their grant in June and are excited to start teaching the students how they can implement these 21st-century skills.

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Mrs. Oden’s Class of “Leaders in Me”

Sep 10, 2015

The Chandler and Brownsboro Statesman

CHANDLER, TX — Fourth grade students in Mrs. Susie Oden’s science class have daily roles and show that working together as a team is important. They planted a few new plants in front of the school and showcased proactive, responsible behavior from their Leader in Me process. “Throughout the year students learn all the seven habits. It’s awesome to see these students use these in the classroom and even at home!” said Mrs. Oden.

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KLC to start ‘Leader in Me’ program

Sep 1, 2015

Highlands Today

SEBRING, FL – The Kindergarten Learning Center began teacher training for The Leader in Me process to promote social emotional learning. “The teachers are in the mode of helping children think about these life skills; Leader in Me simply puts it together in one program so that there are stories and curriculum that can be used in an organized way,” Principal Julie Barnett said.

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Bucyrus school adopts leadership program

Sep 1, 2015

Galion Inquirer

GALION, OH — After three days of teacher training at Bucyrus Elementary, they are ready to impart their knowledge of The Leader in Me to their students. Through The Leader in Me program, students will learn 21st-century skills such as being self-reliant and taking initiative.

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Local officials seeking budding community leaders

Aug 28, 2015

My Informs

BUCYRUS, OH – To shepherd large civic projects from the dream stage to, potentially, reality, takes leaders, whether they’re volunteers or people who took the trouble to get elected to local office. The Crawford County community is all coming together to help develop young leaders. Businesses donated money to help fund The Leader in Me process at local elementary schools, hopeful that the students can develop the 21st century skills, soft skills, the community needs to succeed.

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Wagoner school program helping shape future leaders

Aug 24, 2015

Wagoner Tribune

WAGONER, OK – Teague Elementary School students are learning 21st century skills, giving them professional development at a young age, and promoting a school culture that is self-disciplined and requires less classroom management. All this is happening using The Leader in Me process, “It’s a way to help make the kids self-reliant,” third grade language arts teacher Shanna Rodriguez said.

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Painted pencils a big hit at Avery’s Creek Elementary

Aug 19, 2015


ASHEVILLE, NC – The entrance to the school at Avery’s Creek Elementary is a little different than last year. Instead of boring columns holding up the school’s breezeway, brightly painted pencils are holding the roof up. It grew out of a leadership initiative based on the book The Leader in Me. "We were talking about how to change the appearance of the school to make it more child friendly," Ernest Wince, who has been teaching art at the school for 13 years, said. "We want people to feel welcome. We want them to feel warm."

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Putnam expanding student leadership program

Aug 19, 2015

Charleston Gazette Mail

CHARLESTON, WV – For the first seven weeks of school, Principal Debbie Shrewsbury said her students at Poca Middle will focus on one good habit per week. The county’s assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction Doug Cross noted The Leader in Me emphasizes “soft skills,” like communication and work ethic, that are important to employers.

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Local businesses, state grants bring ‘Leader in Me’ to Crawford County

Aug 14, 2015

Crawford County Now

CRAWFORD COUNTY, OH – Crawford County students in grades 5-12 will learn what it takes to put their dreams and goals into action using 21st century leadership and life skills, thanks to generous support from local businesses and Ohio’s new Community Connectors grant. “Ohio Mutual’s gift toward this ambitious program is a strategic investment in the future of Crawford County…” said Jim Kennedy, President and CEO of Ohio Mutual Insurance Group. “We are honored to be a part of this effort to encourage and guide young leaders.”

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Sanders School program aims to bring out kids’ inner leader

Aug 12, 2015

The Modesto Bee

MODESTO, CA – Former Principal of Sanders School, Laura Granger, was initially drawn to The Leader in Me process because of its ability to help students make school a more self-directed learning experience. The current principal, Carrie Albert, explained that in just one full year of the process “our suspensions went down from 35 to 11 – a dramatic reduction…And parent survey results show a high percentage of kids are applying these habits at home.”

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Teachers train to build leaders at Clark-Vitt School

Aug 12, 2015

WASHINGTON, MO – Clark-Vitt teachers and staff took part in a teacher training last week to help build all students into leaders. Clark-Vitt Principal Dr. Jenny Davis said that teachers and staff are optimistic that this model will positively impact students, “Several have mentioned that it was the best training they’ve ever had the privilege to participate in,” she said.

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School set positive mood for first day back

Aug 10, 2015

Anniston Star

ANNISTON, AL – Saks Elementary school is excited to have their students back after summer break. Principal Crystal Sparks had The Lego Movie theme song, “Everything is awesome”, blasting in celebration of the end of summer. The theme is part of the school’s mission to build leaders as a Leader in Me school. “We don't ever refer to our students as students,” Sparks said. “We always refer to our kids as leaders.”

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Back to new school season

Aug 7, 2015

West Valley Views

LITCHFIELD PARK, AZ – Two new schools were built in the West Valley area, one of which will be a Leader in Me school. This school is outfitted with a science lab, computer lab, media center and National Honor Society programs. Teachers will also be putting other features, like a garden, into the school in order to meet the pupils’ individual strengths.

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Highland Elementary gets a fresh start

Aug 6, 2015

The Greenville Sun

GREENVILLE, TN – In a school where over half the students are economically disadvantaged, teachers are anxious to make a big difference in their lives by providing them with an opportunity to learn 21st century skills. "We are changing the culture of the school," said Ashley Lommel, Highland fifth-grade teacher. "It's more kid focused, and shows them they can do anything. They take ownership of the classroom and their learning."

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‘Leader in Me’ arrives

Jul 8, 2015

Dover Post

DOVER, DE — When asked about goals for the students, principal Susan Frampton of W. Reily Brown Elementary said, “We want our children to be masters of their own lives…and there’s no better time than when you’re young and willing to open up to and learn new things.” Read more about how W. Reily Brown students are excelling with The Leader in Me process.

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Officials consider more schools for Leader in Me

Jun 25, 2015

The Advertiser

LAFAYETTE, LA — The Lafayette Parish School Board is partnering with the United Way of Acadiana to get The Leader in Me in all of their schools by 2018. Jason Huffman, director of impact strategies for United Way, said, “Our vision is to expand The Leader in Me to all the schools that want it. It’s not a mandate. This has to be something that people want to do.”

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Raleigh Honored

Jun 6, 2015

via Pryor Daily Times

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.”

—John Quincy Adams

There’s no doubt about it, Pryor Public School’s Superintendent Don Raleigh is that type of leader. This week Raleigh was announced as District Six Superintendent of the Year by the Oklahoma Associations of School Administrators.

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