Principals attend Leader In Me academy

Aug 23, 2016

The Logan Daily News

LOGAN, OH – Two principals in Logan, Ohio attended a two-day conference led by Principal Muriel Summers, original developer of The Leader in Me, in preparation for the coming school year and their further implementation of The Leader in Me. Principals in attendance were able to network with one another and exchange ideas on curriculum, goal setting and student leadership inside their schools.

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Students learn from ‘Leader in Me’ program

Aug 22, 2016

The Jackson Sun

JACKSON, TN – Staff and students in and around Jackson are gearing up for the new school year and are being introduced to The Leader in Me. The process is still being rolled out and teachers are determining how it will best fit inside their schools. Isaac Lane Elementary Principal Janet Gore said, “This is positive. This is going to be great.”

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'Leader in Me' co-author visits Marion

Aug 22, 2016

The Marion Star

MARION, OH – Principal Muriel Summers, original developer of The Leader in Me, spoke to a group of educators from Marion City Schools as they prepared to head back to the classroom. Her message – “Everyone has a story, listen to it before you judge”. Summers related experiences from her years as an elementary student as well as stories about accomplished authors and directors who overcame challenges on a path to excel.

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RI elementary lives out 'highly successful habits'

Aug 19, 2016

Quad-City Times

ROCK ISLAND, IL – As part of LEAD Friday’s at Eugene Field Elementary School, students are leading their own learning and experiences. Using The Leader in Me as a spark, Principal Dennis Weiss devised LEAD Friday’s as a way to keep students organized and learn how to plan. This has created a strong culture in the school and the students in various grade levels are able to get to know each other.

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New Cedar Valley teachers welcomed at 'Leader' funding kickoff

Aug 19, 2016

WCF Courier

CEDAR FALLS, IA – Students and community leaders in Cedar Falls recognized 120 new teachers at an annual breakfast meeting held in conjunction with The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance and Chamber. The event honored these new teachers and kicked off a fundraising effort aimed at expanding The Leader in Me to all Cedar Valley schools.

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Hannibal's new teachers have first day excitement, too

Aug 18, 2016

Hannibal Courier Post

HANNIBAL, MO – As Mark Twain Elementary School kicked back into session, a new staff member was pleasantly surprised by the preparedness and welcome she received from her new students as they demonstrated some of the many skills they’ve learned through The Leader in Me process.

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Second grader wins "Leader in Me" speech

Aug 11, 2016


LAFAYETTE, LA – Read about Zhoriél Tapo and her outstanding speech which she submitted to win The Leader in speech contest and what she did with her winnings that exemplified her leadership skills.

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Aug 8, 2016

Lebanon Daily Record

LEBANON, MO – Staff at Boswell Elementary are seeing a difference between the Leader in Me and other things they have tried in the past. That difference being that The Leader in Me isn’t about compliance but about commitment. Read how the staff learned about The Leader in Me and how their new process has been going to this point.

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Aug 4, 2016

Banner-Tribune Daily Review

PATTERSON, LA – Staff at Hattie Watts Elementary did a little redecorating this summer. Through ingenuity, hard work and a commitment to their students, staff members dedicated a month of their summer to redecorating their school cafeteria. By capturing the vision and intent of The Leader in Me process in their school, staff members were able to create a place of comfort and meaning for their students.

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AT&T gives $15000 Aspire grant to chamber for education

Aug 2, 2016

The Daily News

BOWLING GREEN, KY – The $15,000 AT&T gave to the Bowling Area Chamber of Commerce provides an opportunity to expand its successful The Leader in Me process by continuing leadership training through career immersion in all area high schools. "This is not just about the schools and the kids but it's about the community. This is an investment in the future," said Hood Harris, president of AT&T Kentucky.

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Starkville schools to emphasize leadership, life skills this year

Aug 1, 2016

The Dispatch

STARKVILLE, MI – The Starkville-Oktibbeha Consolidated School District plans to implement The Leader in Me process this school year with the support of teachers and principals. Third grade teacher, Kristina Rudd, said, "We know that the more ownership they have in something, the more willing they are to try it when it's harder and challenging, and I think The Leader in Me is designed to help kids see 'you have so many great things about you, and we want to see them.'"

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Sneak Preview of New Johnston Elementary School

Aug 1, 2016

Big Country

ABILENE, TX – With construction almost complete, there are many more exciting things about the new facility, Principal Roger Thomas says they're looking forward to seeing how the new school will further Johnston's excellence as a Leader in Me school. "There's a leadership value in every child. we look for that, we encourage that, we get the kids leadership jobs, and they just blossom because of it,” he said.

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Leader Valley kicks off ‘Create Great’ fundraising campaign

Jul 31, 2016

The Courier

WATERLOO, IA – The teachers, parents, students and business leaders of the community are all excited about The Leader in Me process in Greater Cedar Valley area schools and its ability to provide professional development. “To me, it’s just a wonderful, wonderful way to engage students,” said Linda Allen, Hawkeye Community College president, noting the initiative’s goal is to prepare them for college, careers and citizenship.

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School News

Jul 30, 2016

Tri Valley Central Dispatch

CASA GRANDE, ARIZONA – Cholla Elementary School was awarded an “I Am A Leader” grant to support implementation of The Leader in Me process. Principal Kay Brack Steward said, “We are excited to make the 7 Habits part of the Cholla culture.” Ironwood Elementary School is gearing up for its second year as a Leader in Me school. Prinicipal Robin Rosales said, “We are looking forward to enhancing our partnerships with our returning students and families and connecting with our new families and their students to build relationships to ensure success for everyone.”

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“Leader in Me” program takes place at Issac Lane Elementary

Jul 28, 2016

WBBJ 7 Eyewitness News

JACKSON, TN – Teachers at Issac Lane Elementary School are receiving teacher training to start The Leader in Me process this school year. Second grade teacher, Karen Edwards said learning about leadership and participating in the process will help her to better serve students in the classroom.

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The Leader in Me: Harrison Elementary Showcases School Initiative

Jul 26, 2016

KIN Magazine

LETHBRIDGE, ALBERTA – Determined to get support for The Leader in Me at his school, Elementary teacher Derek Hoare gathered a group of kindergarten through fifth graders and their parents to help present the values to the Kinsmen Club of Lethbridge in 2013. The students talked about how the program was already changing their lives and helping them prepare to change the world. The club members were so blown away by the presentation that they decided to donate seed money for The Leader in Me teacher training and supplies. Over the last two years, the process has transformed the school by minimizing discipline and behavioral issues, emphasizing leadership skills, and increasing attendance.

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Hollister Elementary receives grant for leadership program

Jul 12, 2016

KY3 NBC News

HOLLISTER, MO – The school recently adopted the Leader in Me model to help better prepare students for life's challenges with a holistic education. Students learn the habits, figure out how they can be incorporated at home and in school and develop their favorites. "One habit particular that I like is 'begin with the end in mind', because I use it a bunch," said Ronny Daniels, sixth grade. "In sports, for practice, and so I know what I'm doing in the games."

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Leader in Me is worthy program in Cedar Valley

Jul 3, 2016

The Courier

WATERLOO, IA – “We are implementing The Leader in Me in an unprecedented fashion,” said Alliance CEO Steve Dust. Editors believe this process is deserving of community support, because of its ability to teach 21st century skills, provide meaningful staff development, and creates a school culture where students can thrive socially and academically.

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Leader Valley stepping up its work with local schools

Jun 26, 2016

The Courier

WATERLOO, IA – Leader Valley, a talent development initiative of the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber, announced an expansion of the initiative to bolster the many Leader in Me schools in the Cedar Valley and Waterloo areas. The Leader in Me process is so effective in some of their schools in promoting student voice and student engagement, that administrators, teachers and the community are excited to do more.

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Boonton School hosts Leadership Program

Jun 22, 2016

North Jersey

Boonton, NJ – Days after the tragic shooting in Orlando, Fla., Muriel Summers, co-author of "The Leader in Me,", addressed a group of educators at John Hill School. It was after the Colorado shooting that Summers was inspired to find a way to develop leadership skills in children and to encourage a school environment that makes students feel valued. She shared messages of the importance of time, recognizing your own greatness and teach with passion and love.

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