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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‘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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