Maryville school families create sense of belonging

Oct 28, 2016

Nodaway News Leader

MARYVILLE, MO – Maryville Middle School is using The Leader in Me to bring their student body closer together. In an effort to build relationships between their students both young and old the school created school families to foster belonging and acceptance. This is the second year of the initiative and the comfort level between fifth and eighth graders has already increased.

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New curriculum inspires first-graders to give back

Oct 26, 2016

Wyandotte Daily Online

KANSAS CITY, MO – After watching a video on how students can learn to set goals and develop plans, students at Bonner Springs Elementary wanted to do more than just discuss what they had seen, they wanted to experience what they had just seen. Using principles from The Leader in Me and the motivation to give back, students built a plan and set goals for a sock drive.

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Teaching leadership skills

Oct 25, 2016

Daily Mountain Eagle

SUMITON, AL – Sumiton Middle School faculty wanted to take their students beyond academic achievement, they’re able to do that with The Leader in Me. To demonstrate and practice their leadership skills, students at Sumiton Middle treated local law enforcement officers to lunch and on the school’s largest service day, students cleaned the inside of school buses.

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The Golden Apple Goes to Melanie Baggett

Oct 21, 2016

PANAMA CITY, FL – Second grade teacher, Melanie Baggett was recently recognized by her peers for her goals and commitments she has set for her class. Using The Leader in Me, Melanie is able to share her energy and focus with her class and help them gain a love of school and learning.

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Chandler students, staff sorted into Harry Potter-like houses to promote team-building

Oct 21, 2016

The Gleaner

CORYDON, KY – Inspired by another Leader in Me school, and Harry Potter, A.B. Chandler Elementary is dividing their staff and student body into separate houses. Each house is able to earn points through activities and exemplary behavior. Each house hosts get-to-know-you activities and projects that last the whole year.

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Detroit Lions mascot Roary highlight of leadership assembly at Memphis Elementary School

Oct 21, 2016

The Voice

CLINTON TOWNSHIP, MI – Working together with the Detroit Lions leadership youth program, staff at Memphis Elementary recently put on a Leadership Assembly with their students as they begin The Leader in Me process in their school. The excitement around the process inspired staff to rewrite the school mission statement; Memphis Elementary: a community empowering students to lead, learn and succeed.

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Leader in Me program discussed at New Phila BOE meeting

Oct 20, 2016

NEW PHILADELPHIA, OH – Third grade teacher, Dirk Gadd, and School Board member Steven Jenkins shared insight into the process and changes they have seen at East Elementary since they started The Leader in Me. From setting, tracking and accomplishing goals, to improved communication, East Elementary and its students and staff are experiencing a positive change in their school culture.

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Washington Elementary students, DOC share leadership program

Oct 19, 2016

Canon City Daily Record

CANON CITY, CO – A couple of Washington Elementary fifth-graders went to prison recently. The two Washington Elementary students were able to meet with a group of prison staff who had recently participated in a 7 Habits of Highly Effective People work session. The students were able to share their knowledge of the 7 Habits and other leadership skills and principles they have learned through The Leader in Me process, a staple at Washington Elementary.

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Education Foundation turns 30, expands school leadership program

Oct 14, 2016

HENDERSONVILLE, NC – The Henderson County Education Foundation is expanding their support for The Leader in Me. The Leader in Me is expanding beyond Dana and Sugarloaf elementary schools to all elementary schools in Henderson County. Foundation Executive Director Paul Knott indicated that EOG test scores at Sugarloaf improved 50 percent from the beginning of the program to the end of the second year.

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Leader In Me' to hold a 'proactive' assembly

Oct 12, 2016

The Goldendale Sentinel

GOLDENDALE, WA – Administration and staff at Goldendale Primary School often wondered about the percentage of students in their school that didn’t exude natural leadership skills each day. That’s why they began to explore The Leader in Me process. In their second year of implementation, Goldendale Primary School has experienced a dynamic positive change in their school.

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Scott Cochran: Imitate success; live leadership every day

Oct 9, 2016

The Herald Journal

SPARTANBURG, SC – Scott Cochran is a Spartanburg area business leader. His recent visit to a Leader in Me Lighthouse school left him impressed. With Fred Logan, Principal at Cleveland Academy of Leadership, as his host, Cochran saw students as young as 6 were demonstrating the leadership skills he looks for when hiring employees.

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Third-grader organizes Cairo Little Free Library

Oct 6, 2016

The Gleaner

HENDERSON, KY – A student at Cairo Elementary is using her leadership skills to help others embrace and gain a love for reading. Elisabeth Carter has started a mobile version of the Little Free Library, a free book exchange for her class mates. Using principles from The Leader in Me and a refurbished wagon, Elisabeth is leading out when it comes to entrepreneurship at Cairo Elementary.

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Muriel Summers named Wake County 2016 Principal of the Year

Oct 5, 2016

The News & Observer

RALEIGH, NC– Muriel Summers, Principal at A.B. Combs Elementary in Raleigh, was name the Wake County school system’s Principal of the Year. Her work as the Principal at A.B. Combs and as one of the original developers of The Leader in Me demonstrates her passion for her students and her work.

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Ellington School puts leadership on display

Oct 5, 2016

The Herald-Whig

QUINCY, IL – Ellington Elementary recently hosted their annual Leadership Day, in which several surrounding area schools visited to experience The Leader in Me first hand and learn more about the success Ellington has had with whole school transformation process. One teacher commented, "You can read all day long. But seeing how well the kids respond to it, how open they are to talking about it, just amazes me."

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G. Weaver Hipps Elem. in Lehigh Acres embraces leadership

Oct 4, 2016

News-Press Online

LEHIGH ACRES, FL – G. Weaver Hipps Elementary School is shifting focus and taking on a new look this year. With The Leader in Me, students and staff have decorated walls, designed posters and set goals for the upcoming year and the improvements are already evident. “The kids are working together. I see the older kids helping the younger kids.” “Just the way they treat each other, the behavior is so much better.”

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Cox Middle School stands up against bullying

Oct 1, 2016

The Columbia Daily Herald

COLUMBIA, TN – Cox Middle School is tackling the hard challenges they’re facing and they’re using The Leader in Me to help. By building a new campaign and using the principles from The Leader in Me, Cox has been able to reduce their discipline issues by 30 percent. Cox’s class officers are playing a vital role in the school’s turnaround as they implement strategy of the “Be Nice. Stand Up. Stand Together” campaign.

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Lunch with a Leader: Tom Penaluna

Sep 29, 2016

The Courier

WATERLOO, IA – As a business and community leader, Tom Penaluna knows the value of strong leadership. That’s why his involvement with The Leader in Me has been so fervent. “It changes their lives,” said Penaluna. “We can see the results, year after year, so we know that this approach works.”

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Brigham City's Discovery Elementary School named National Blue Ribbon School

Sep 29, 2016

The Standard Examiner

BRIGHAM CITY, UT – With a nod to the former principal, the current students and The Leader in Me, Principal Jeff Morris graciously accepted the National Blue Ribbon School award on behalf of Discovery Elementary. Nominated for continuously outperforming other Utah schools, Discovery received proficient test scores in language arts, math and science.

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A Budding Partnership

Sep 28, 2016

The Times

MUNSTER, IN – A mentoring partnership between Chesterton High and Liberty Elementary is helping to form relationships between students both young and old. In an effort to implement principles from The Leader in Me the initiative provides opportunities for mentoring, relationship building and inclusion.

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Teacher uses hands-on approach to help first grade students learn, communicate

Sep 27, 2016

The Vicksburg Post

VICKSBURG, MS – Project-based learning is not a foreign concept to schools implementing The Leader in Me. Read about Morgan Webb and her first grade class at Dana Road Elementary and their hands on learning experience involving The Leader in Me, the ocean and rainbow fish.

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