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Leadership in Music

This is a guest post written by Sheila Baer, Beaufort Music teacher at Union R-XI Schools.  Music is one of those subjects that hits many different content areas. When I attended my first Leader in Me Symposium, my wheels were spinning with excitement. With eagerness, I looked at what my students were already demonstrating in read more

International Student Speech Contest Finalists

2017 Finalists With nearly 300 speeches submitted by students throughout the world, including the U.S., Canada, Panama, Brazil, Malaysia, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Guatemala, it was very difficult to choose just eight students (one from each age group and category) in the Leader in Me International Student Speech contest as the Grand Prize winners. The finalists read more

2017 Leader in Me International Student Speech Contest Results

Students attending Leader in Me Schools (K–12) were encouraged to enter the 2017 Leader in Me International Student Speech Contest by submitting a video featuring a traditional speech or creative message on an engaging leadership topic that was important to them. One or more students could be featured in the video, and students could receive read more

Make the Most of Student Leadership Guides’ Video Tutorial

Student Leadership Guides are essential leadership lessons that help students learn and apply the 7 Habits and other 21st-century skills. In this video tutorial with Judy Yauch, you will be introduced to the new and improved guides that offer a fantastic opportunity to join students in learning, teaching, and applying the leadership principles found in read more

Learn. Love. Lead.

This is a guest post written by Jennifer Duston, the principal at ATLAS Elementary, a Leader in Me Lighthouse School, for seven years.  Learn. Love. Lead. Three simple words that mean so much. Students at ATLAS Elementary in Ventura, California, live by these three words and have BIG goals to achieve them! As a Leader read more

Empowering Instruction Webcast

Join Leader in Me administrators in an overview of the NEW Empowering Instruction one-day workshop! This is a recording of the January 30, 2017, live 60-minute webcast. This webcast will provide participants with a brief overview of the one-day Empowering Instruction workshop. Participants will also learn how the workshop helps educators: Align instructional strategies with read more

Our International Student Speech Contest Ends Soon!

Our second annual Leader in Me International Student Speech Contest will be accepting entries for exactly two weeks and two more days. Students K–12 attending a Leader in Me School have until March 31, 2017, to submit a two-minute video. A panel of judges will be limited to reviewing English-speaking videos in two categories: traditional and creative. read more

Does Aligning Academics Help Students and Schools Achieve Their Goals?

More Insight on Aligning Academics We recently published a blog post with a link to our Aligning Academics webcast and a short summary of what Aligning Academics is all about. During that webcast, we heard one educator’s experience, but we wanted to take it one step further and get more feedback on the effectiveness of read more

Ten Non-Education Books About Leadership

This is a post written by Sarah Ann Taylor, a Leader in Me coach and consultant.   I recently received a request for some recommendations for non-education books on the subject of leadership. This request thrilled me! We become better models for the students we serve when we as practitioners commit ourselves to continual growth read more

Aligning Academics Webcast Recording

Understand Aligning Academics Join Dana Penick and Stephanie Taylor for an overview of the Aligning Academics one-day workshop. This is a recording of their January 23, 2017, live 60-minute webcast. With Aligning Academics, educators can learn how to achieve personal, team (class), and student goals with the 4 Disciplines of Execution®. This webcast provides participants read more

2016 Student Speech Contest Winner Update

A few weeks ago we announced that the Second Annual Student Speech Contest was officially open to students attending a certified Leader in Me School. As we kick off another amazing contest, we felt it would be a great time to give an update on some of last year’s 2016 Grand Prize winners. Zhorie’l Zhorie’l read more

“Every Child Is a Leader” School Culture

Instead of seeing children through the lens of a normal distribution curve—some kids are naturally smart and others are not—The Leader in Me paradigm sees that every child is capable, every child is a leader. This paradigm changes everything. Over 3,000 Leader in Me Schools in 50 countries are embracing this paradigm and experiencing an read more

2017 International Student Speech Contest

The 2017 Leader in Me International Student Speech Contest is open for students K–12 attending a Leader in Me School. All students are encouraged to enter  the speech contest by submitting a two-minute video before March 31, 2017. Students (with help from their parents or school) can create a video of a traditional or a read more

Share Your Story With The Leader in Me

We Want To Hear From You! We want to hear about all of the wonderful things that are going on from administrators, Lighthouse Teams, parents, and community members at Leader in Me Schools! Click here to share your story with us. Every day, Leader in Me Schools experience heartwarming moments at school or within the read more

“Carry On” Book Giveaway

Who has motivated you to keep going when life gets hard? Enter our Facebook contest telling us the person in your life who inspires you to continue moving forward through the good and bad and you could BOTH win Lisa Fenn’s book Carry On! Contest ends December 31, 2016. REQUIREMENTS: LIKE the Facebook contest post. read more

Social-Emotional Learning with The Leader in Me

More Than Academics If you talk with anyone who has spent time in a classroom, and you asked that person if core academic subjects were the only things students learned in school, the resounding answer would be “NO.” So much more is taught at school than correct grammar and times tables. Students are learning life read more

The Seven Principles Most Associated With the 7 Habits

Researching Skills in The Leader in Me This is a guest post written by Dr. Chantel Ishola. Three years ago, when my son was in his first year of preschool, I received a note from his preschool teacher. It was on orange paper with black font. (I suppose this was due to the approaching Halloween read more

Special Holiday Discount for The Leader in Me Symposium

‘Tis the Season for The Leader in Me Symposium Savings! Register now for our 2017 Symposium events for the deepest discount of the season! You can only get this special holiday pricing now through December 16, 2016 so be sure to register before it is too late. Experience The Leader in Me Symposium Join educators read more

Which of the 7 Habits Is Your Favorite?

Which Habit Would You Choose? Everyone who has had experience with the 7 Habits knows that each habit connects to the others and they all work together. But you also know in living these habits that there may be one you really lean toward or like the best. We thought it would be interesting to read more

Avery’s Creek Leadership Lunch-Buddy Program With Hampton Inn

This is a guest post written by Denise Montgomery, principal of Avery’s Creek Elementary in Arden, North Carolina. Community and business partnerships are an extremely important part of The Leader in Me process at Avery’s Creek Elementary School. One partner has stepped up to create a program that has caught on internationally! When Denise Montgomery, read more

The Middle School Student’s Guide to Academic Success: 12 Conversations for College and Career Readiness Official Contest Rules and Guidelines

We are celebrating the newly released book, The Middle School Student’s Guide to Academic Success: 12 Conversations for College and Career Readiness by GIVING AWAY 25 COPIES to our online community! REQUIREMENTS: 1) LIKE the Facebook contest post. Click here for the 12 Conversations Book Giveaway Contest 2) COMMENT on the Facebook contest post telling read more

Newly Released Book, The Middle School Student’s Guide to Academic Success : 12 Conversations for College and Career Readiness, Prepares Students for the Future

This is a guest post written by Blake and Bo Nemelka, coauthors of the newly released book The Middle School Student’s Guide to Academic Success: 12 Conversations for College and Career Readiness. When you walk into a bookstore looking for that “perfect gift” for a young student who is going places, what do you think read more

Leroy Sutton: Turning Pain Into Promise With Video Games

This is a guest post written by Leroy Sutton, a professional game tester at Electronic Arts, Inc. (EA). Starting when I was four years old, my Uncle Larry taught me that in life, you have to work hard for what you want. Along with this life lesson he taught me how to draw. Over the read more

Dartanyon Crockett: So Much More Than Just the “Blind Kid”

This is a guest post written by Dartanyon Crockett, 2012 U.S. Paralympian bronze medal winner, and 2014 IBSA Judo World Champion. Paralympic sports are constantly growing. However, it is still often confused with the Special Olympics. While the Special Olympic is a wonderful cause, it is completely different from the Paralympics. Paralympic athletes are people read more

‘Carry On’: A Story of an Unlikely Family

This is a guest post written by Lisa Fenn, three-time winner of the Edward R. Murrow Award, a six-time Emmy Award-winning feature producer with ESPN for 13 years, and Author. At the core of The Leader in Me philosophy is the belief that every student is gifted with special abilities; that every child can make meaningful read more

Action-Team Ideas for The Leader in Me

The Leader in Me process has many facets, but one area that truly lets students shine is our action-team process.   “Over the last year, I have witnessed leadership demonstrated at high levels when principals have utilized our action-team process. In other words, school leaders are mastering the art of delegation with a great tool read more

The Impact of Leadership

We are seeing leadership demonstrated on a daily basis and we want to share some of our Coaches’ experiences with our online Community. The Leader in Me process is literally changing students’ and staff’s lives, and we know many of you are seeing similar results in your school. “A female student at one of my read more

The Most Important Characteristic of a Leader

Leaders possess many qualities, but what one characteristic is most important? We asked our coaches and blog contributors this question to see what they thought. They responded with the following: Vision Great leaders have vision for what they are trying to accomplish and how they will get there. A clear vision inspires, builds trust, and read more

Classroom-Management Tool: The Four-Part Direction

This is a guest post written by Dr. Jerry Evanski, Principal of Erie Elementary School, Chippewa Valley School District, Clinton Township, MI, and Author. Many classroom-management systems or techniques rely on correcting student behavior. While this may seem obvious, there is another paradigm through which to view successful classroom management that is much more effective read more

The Leader in Me Through the Eyes of a Fourth-Grade Teacher

This is a guest post written by Jamie Chenault, Fourth-Grade Teacher at Lakewood Elementary In Cecilia, Kentucky. You go throughout life making decisions and learning right from wrong, but what effects these decisions? Maybe you have a gut feeling or you take into consideration advice from a trusted mentor. How often do you rely on read more

First Annual The Leader in Me Student Speech Contest Results

Over the past three months, we have be accepting submissions of speeches from The Leader In Me students in kindergarten through eighth grade for our first annual Student Speech Contest. We have been impressed with the nearly 250 submissions we received from our outstanding young leaders, and we want to share the results of the read more

Unexpected Leadership: Two Sisters Find Hope

This is the story of two sisters struck with the unexpected loss of their father just two days before the end of the school year. One year later, almost to the day, they were faced with another tragic loss—this time it was their mother. The sisters were taken under the wing of their mother’s sister, read more

Cobras in the Community—Sharpen the Saw

This is a guest post written by Amy Rhyne, principal of East Iredell Elementary, Statesville, North Carolina. Far too often as educators, we get wrapped up in the hustle and bustle of teaching, testing, and analyzing data. It feels like we will never catch up on the endless amounts of paperwork, meetings, and planning. We read more

Experiences of a Chair-Free Classroom

This is a guest post written by Ms. M. Prizzon, fifth-grade teacher at Ridgewood Public School, Mississauga, Ontario. Chairs tilted back at extreme angles, pencils being chewed down to the stub, recurrent doodling in the back of books. Sound familiar? Children have a natural desire to move, to wiggle, and to frequently change body position. In a read more

Your Leadership Legacy: How Do You Want to Be Remembered?

This is a guest post written by Dr. Candace Singh, Superintendent, Fallbrook Union Elementary School District, the first school district in the United States on track to be recognized a Leader in Me Lighthouse School District.  I have always believed there is no higher calling than to be of service to others. By living and read more

Today’s Leaders and Social Media

This is a guest post written by George Couros, Division Principal of Innovative Teaching and Learning, Parkland School Division “You have the world at your fingertips. What are you going to do with it?” This is a message I have been sharing with students for the past few years, as instant communication around the globe has read more

Stand for Education

We asked education thought leaders one question: “What do you stand for in education?” Here are their answers. “I stand for equity and opportunity in education. I stand for ensuring that children receive an education that helps them achieve their potential. I believe that each child deserves an education that stimulates and challenges, that grounds read more

A Leadership “What if?”

This is a guest post written by Drew Dudley, Motivational Leadership Speaker. Recently I’ve been considering how perceptions of leadership would change if we started to teach that leaders don’t exist for very long—that they’re sort of like a firework – impressive and hard to miss, but then gone. You see, right now it seems read more

Guest Post: The Leaders We Need

This is a guest post written by Pedro Noguera, Distinguished Professor of Education in the Graduate School of Education and Information Sciences at UCLA. Now, more than ever, education is the subject of great controversy and conflict. Every politician running for office, whether that office is President, governor, congress or dogcatcher, claims that if elected, they read more

Tips for Teachers: Staying Relaxed During Your Day

As a teacher, it can often be overwhelming to teach a group of students and then have papers to grade, a classroom to clean, team meetings to prepare for, and more lessons to plan, all before the next day begins. Here is a list of tips that can help you manage stress and stay relaxed read more

Practical Ways to Teach Leadership in the Classroom

Wanting to teach leadership in your classroom is one thing, but actually having tools and ideas for how to do so is another. We’ve put together a list of blog posts with tips for specific ways you can adapt what you’re likely already doing in a way that will teach leadership skills to your students. read more

Strategies and Benefits of Creating a Positive School Culture

Creating a positive school culture starts before the first day of school and continues throughout the school year. A school’s culture impacts and is impacted by the administrators, teachers, staff, students, and parents in a school community. This list of blog posts includes strategies and insights about how each stakeholder group is involved in and read more

How to Help Students Set Goals

How to help students set and achieve goals is a topic discussed almost daily among educators. This list of blog posts contains strategies and tips for how you can help students succeed in setting and achieving their goals. How to Achieve Goals: Planning and Accountability by Lynn Kosinski Goal Setting: Ensure Student Success by Kathy read more

Guest Blog: How Volunteering to Teach Students Leadership Skills Made a Difference in My Community

This is a guest blog post written by Mike Pedersen, who is a Chief Probation Officer in Elko County, Nevada. Nearly eight years ago, I approached my children’s elementary-school principal and asked if I could come into his school, in my role as a juvenile probation officer, to see if I could make a difference read more

Combat Bullying with Kindness and Leadership

After a middle-school student in Kentucky committed suicide, Green County Middle School (GCMS) started an anti-bullying campaign. The student and teacher Leader in Me Lighthouse Teams met and developed a plan in which they came up with the idea for a Random Acts of Kindness Week/21 Days of Random Acts of Kindness Challenge. During this read more

How to Teach Leadership to Pre-K Students

If you think a four-year-old is too young to be a leader, think again. At Nash Elementary, a Leader in Me School in Nash, Texas, the pre-K students are not only learning about leadership skills, they are living them. Principal Patti O’Bannon and the pre-K teaching team at Nash Elementary shared some of their thoughts read more

Whole-School Transformation

Skyline Elementary is not the same school it was four years ago. The building is the same, but the school culture has been transformed to one of empowerment and leadership. Principal Chuck Vilardi said that the transformation of his school, students, and staff has come as they have implemented The Leader in Me process. “It’s read more

Find Your Voice

As an educator, you have the potential to make a difference for thousands of children. You have the opportunity to inspire greatness in students who live in a world that tells them they are mediocre, or worse, worthless. You have a voice that can be a powerful influence for good. It’s not the voice that read more

Leadership in Four Languages

When you walk through the halls of Riverview Elementary in Lakeside, California, you’ll hear students and teachers speaking in Mandarin, Spanish, and English. Riverview has a language-immersion program where students are not only learning three languages, but they are learning in three languages. Principal Olympia Kyriakidis said they also teach a fourth language—the language of read more

School Spotlight: Downey Elementary—A Place for Parents Too

At Downey Elementary in Harrisburg, PA, students aren’t the only focus. Parents are too, and they know it. Principal Travis Peck said that since Downey Elementary began The Leader in Me process in 2013, the paradigm of leadership has spread through the school and the community and has positively impacted the parents. “We’re all about promoting the parents and read more

Clareese Capringo—A Problem-Solving Leader

Clareese Capringo is a hockey-playing, service-oriented seventh grader at Lowell Community Charter Public School (LCCPS). Located in Lowell, Massachusetts, LCCPS is in its third year as a Leader in Me School. Because of the principles and skills Clareese learned through The Leader in Me, she decided to be a leader and solve a problem she identified read more

Learn More About “The Leader in Me”

There are countless inspiring stories of students, teachers, staff members, and principals who are all leaders and who use the leadership principles taught in The Leader in Me to improve in all areas of life. Many of these stories are shared in the second edition of The Leader in Me book. October through November we are holding read more

Student Spotlight: A Leader Unleashed

Henry is a leader. He is one of the first students to greet visitors at Winchester Elementary, a Leader in Me School in West Seneca, New York. “Hi, I’m Henry. I’m a leader in the school. Do you need help?” Henry is also a leader outside of school. He puts first things first at home, read more

School Spotlight: Longfellow Elementary

For Principal Norma Perez-Gwynn, The Leader in Me process has done more than positively impact the lives of students at her school. It has also impacted her personally. She shared, “Every single day, in all areas of my life, I can be a better leader and help others lead.” Perez-Gwynn started implementing The Leader in read more

Student Spotlight: Like Son, Like Father

Alex, a special-education student with oppositional defiant behavior, transferred to Crestwood Elementary during his Grade 5 year. His father told school administrators Alex would probably be in trouble “24/7,” as he had been at his previous schools. Initially, the father’s prediction was accurate. Alex was involved in several fights, and he displayed inappropriate and disrespectful read more