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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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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