Elementary school’s ‘Week of Wonder’ Spreads Message of Kindness

Nov 17, 2017

The St. George News

ST. GEORGE, UT – The students at Riverside Elementary are making efforts to build their community by spreading a message of kindness. During a “Week of Wonder”, Riverside students lead a food drive, collected crayons for sick kids, gathered paper supplies for a local soup kitchen, made fleece blankets for cancer patients, among many other activities. Learn how Leader in Meis helping to create and sustain this positive culture.

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Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools Strive to Create Safe Learning Environment

Nov 9, 2017


BALTIMORE, MD – After a string of unsettling incidents in their schools and community, Liberty Union-Thurston Local Schools set out to make a change. From the high schools down to the elementary schools, district leaders have paid great attention to shifting the culture of their surroundings. Read how the Leader in Meis playing a role in this transformation.

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Leader in Me Program Brings Forth Improvements at Hinton Area Elementary School

Nov 7, 2017

The Register-Herald

HINTON, WV – When Principal Angela Gumm was hired to lead Hinton Area Elementary, she was made aware by the West Virginia Department of Education of the culture issues within the school. Attitudes were negative, and the students were picking up on it. Learn how Hinton Area Elementary is using Leader in Meas a solution to transform their school.


Henry County Scores Mixed in CCRPI, climate results

Nov 6, 2017

Marietta Daily Journal

MARIETTA, GA – Henry County public schools in Georgia has put considerable effort into improving the test scores of their students. Read how a wide range of initiatives, including Leader in Me, have played a role in improving test scores district wide.

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Blackburn Elementary Students Support Cancer Awareness in Newton

Nov 2, 2017

Hickory Daily Record

NEWTON, NC – Students and faculty at Blackburn Elementary take every opportunity to demonstrate the life and leadership skills they learn through the Leader in Meprocess. They recently put their efforts toward fundraising for breast cancer awareness, something that has closely touched their lives.

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Program helps APA students prepare for leadership

Oct 23, 2017

The Herald Bulletin

ANDERSON, IN – Anderson Preparatory Academy is using the Leader in Me’s three-pronged approach to help shape their culture and set their students on a track to excel personally and professionally.

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‘We Are Leaders!’ Barnes students bring leadership to life with inspiring musical performance

Oct 17, 2017

Owasso Reporter

OWASSO, OK – Students and teachers at Barnes Elementary School channeled their creativity into a musical performance focused on leadership. With enthusiasm and skill and motivated by the Leader in Me, music teacher Robin Wall, Oswasso’s 2016-17 Teacher of the Year, composed her first musical, exposing her students to unique musical opportunities and important leadership skills.

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Nolley Elementary named prestigious Blue Ribbon School

Oct 17, 2017

The Suburbanite

NEW FRANKLIN, OH – Nolley Elementary school has been named a national Blue Ribbon school by the U.S. department of Education. Nolley uses the Leader in Me to engage their students in the school’s vision to strengthen community and family.

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‘Awesome’ Chad Auten is principal of the year

Sep 21, 2017

MILLS RIVER, NC – Mills River principal Chad Auten was named principal of the year, and he’s leading his school in their first year of Leader in Me implementation. Mills River staff members say students won’t have a better role model of the Leader in Me process than their principal.

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FitzHugh Park’s ‘The Leader In Me’ promotes positive change, habits and community

Sep 12, 2017

Oswego County News Now

OSWEGO, NY – Fitzhugh Park Elementary is focusing their second year of using the Leader in Me to build good relationships and keep commitments. Staff members find that the Leader in Me is a valuable tool in creating a foundational culture to support social, emotional and academic learning.

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After a year of chaos, Manatee Charter School is fighting back

Aug 18, 2017

Bradenton Herald

BRADENTON, FL – The turnaround at Manatee Charter School in Bradenton, Florida has been remarkable. Once on the verge of losing their charter status, Manatee changed their entire mindset and took the steps necessary to change their entire culture. Manatee is implementing the Leader in Meto shape the leadership and life skills being practiced and taught inside their schools.

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State tasks teachers with building students' character

Aug 14, 2017

Hickory Daily Record

HICKORY, NC – As the state of North Carolina tasked their teachers with teaching social emotional skills to their students, leaders in Hickory, Catawba and Newton-Conover schools knew that they already had a solution to help them with this task. The Leader in Meteaches leadership and life skills that have proved valuable to staff and administrators in North Carolina.

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‘Leader in Me’ expands to 2 more schools

Aug 13, 2017

The Lancaster News

LANCASTER, SC – Read how the success of student led projects led to the desire for Lancaster County School District to expand the implementation of the Leader in Me.

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Shelby County Schools holds Elementary Summit

Aug 7, 2017

Shelby Country Reporter

NORTH SHELBY, AL – Shelby County Schools held an elementary summit with breakout sessions that focused on math, language arts, the Leader in Me, among others. District staff expressed excitement around the event and clearly demonstrated how the Leader in Mefits into the vision for their schools.

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What Google and kindergarten can teach us about leadership

Jul 27, 2017

The Tennessean

TENNESSEE – Bethel (Bo) Thomas, Ph.D., was the VP for Advancement at Belmont University and now has an organizational consulting business in Memphis. In this recent op-ed, Thomas asserts that both Google and his grandson’s Leader in Me school are outstanding examples of leadership. He compares the leadership skills found at Google, namely creating a safe, inclusive, and collaborative work environment, to the skills demonstrated within his grandson’s elementary school.

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Former Cyclone Matt Thomas Holds First Basketball Camp

Jul 25, 2017 – NBC 13

NORWALK, IA – Former Iowa State basketball star, Matt Thomas, came to Lakewood Elementary School to put on a basketball camp before heading off to Europe to start his career. Matt had heard that Lakewood was part of the Leader in Me process and wanted to give back to it. He plans on giving all of the proceeds from his basketball camp to help fund the process for the school.

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Cubby Goes to College: Crab Orchard students reach out to schools nationwide

Jul 20, 2017

The Interior Journal

STANFORD, KY – Crab Orchard Elementary School students are reaching out to colleges across the country to obtain information about their programs. As a Leader in Me school, students learn principles to help them become successful leaders, and this is a way they are putting that knowledge to practice. After writing, the students received information back from Yale, Stanford, Lindsey Wilson, Ole Miss, Vanderbilt, and Florida State.

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St. Basil to Become ‘The Leader in Me’ School

Jun 27, 2017

Sault Online

ONTARIO, CA – The newest elementary school in the Sault Ste. Marie and Algoma School District, will also become the first Leader in Me school in the district. St. Basil Catholic Elementary School will start the Leader in Me process when school starts in the fall. The process teaches students soft skills like, goal-setting, planning, working in groups, etc. to help students learn how to become leaders and develop good habits.

Principal Fil Lettieri said, “In the preliminary training that staff has received, I have already seen a transformation and what this program can accomplish… For St. Basil, The Leader in Me program is an opportunity to create an identity for a new school right from opening day.”

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Sustaining a pathway to success

Jun 15, 2017

Grosse Pointe News

GROSSE POINTE, MI – At Poupard Elementary’s Leadership Day, Principal Penny Stocks described how Leader in Me has taken the school from being one of Michigan’s lowest ranking schools, to now being ranked in the top five percent. Sean Covey, co-author of The Leader in Me says that the goal is to teach leadership skills to students so that all can become leaders. Poupard Elementary is seeing that happen.

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“Leader in Me” To Begin at Mills River and Upward Elementary Schools

Jun 15, 2017


HENDERSONVILLE, NC – FranklinCovey’s Leader in Me process will start for the first time at Mills River and Upward Elementary Schools this upcoming year thanks to kind donors who want to see students succeed.

“As a business owner, The Leader in Me program reinforces and teaches soft skills such as accountability, reliability and time management – traits we look for in all of our employees,” said Dan Poeta, owner of Horizon Heating and Air. “I am honored to invest in a program that merges education, leadership and workforce development.”

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