Marshall Snedaker
Marshall Snedaker is a marketing communications manager for FranklinCovey Education. He earned his bachelor of arts degree in communications. He supports The Leader in Me team, its initiatives and is passionate about the mission of FranklinCovey’s Education Division and enjoys contributing to the leadership development of school culture. His goal is to inspire students, teachers, and administrators to excel.

Written by Marshall Snedaker:

How You Can Create a Peace Path of Your Own in 6 Steps.

  This is a guest post written by Mrs. Kari Butcher, First-Grade Teacher, Hollywood Elementary, A Leader in Me School, Stevensville, MI. Here’s how you can create your own Peace Path in 6 steps: The Peace Path is a conflict-resolution tool that helps students come up with 3rd Alternative solutions themselves; it offers insightful steps that shift the read more

7 School Tradition Ideas

7 School Tradition Ideas: Leader in Me Coaching Panel   School traditions are special and unique to everyone. The goal of school traditions is to build a community among students and staff but rarely do the effects of these moments seize at the completion of the event. Many adults can still distinctly remember at least one read more

A Thankful Pumpkin Tradition for Families

The Thankful Pumpkin Tradition We started a family tradition last year that has quickly become an evening we all look forward to. We gather together as a family with a pumpkin and a permanent marker. Each person takes a turn listing one thing we are thankful for and then the next person contributes to the read more

Leader Bingo FREE Printable

I am so excited to bring you a FREE printable “Leader Bingo” game today. Please feel free to use this game in your classroom as a leadership lesson or to reinforce leadership characteristics for your students. The bingo-game printable has purposely been made with empty boxes for your students to fill in leadership characteristics to read more

Why Rethink Leadership?

  Muriel Summers, the principal of A.B. Combs Elementary, said, “We only get one chance to prepare children for a world none of us can possibly predict. What are we going to do with that one chance?” Educators must help students develop 21st-century skills that will enhance learning today and impact their future tomorrow—but how?   read more

Ideas for School-and-Community Partnership Projects

Orchards Elementary is a sixth-year Leader in Me School in Lewiston, Idaho. Over those years, Principal Kristy Brinkerhoff and her staff have worked intentionally to partner with their community to meet some of the basic needs of their students and families. We published a question-and-answer post with Principal Brinkerhoff and Community Action Partnership Community Engagement read more

Q&A: School and Community Partnerships

Orchards Elementary is a sixth-year Leader in Me School in Lewiston, Idaho. Throughout those years, Principal Kristy Brinkerhoff and her staff have worked intentionally and diligently to make their school a place where students’ basic needs are met and where they become leaders. But they didn’t do it on their own. They have developed great read more

Finding a Voice of Leadership

Adjusting from elementary school to middle school is a challenge for many students. For Natalie, it was no different. But at her middle school, she was given something that made the transition easier: an opportunity to lead. Natalie said some of the hard things about adjusting to middle school were having six classes, not having read more

Stand For Leadership: Everyone Can Be a Leader

What is the definition of a leader? The dictionary defines a leader as; the person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country.  But does that really tell us what a leader is?  What qualities and traits does one need to possess to be a leader? In our day and age, a leader needs read more

Student Spotlight: Be a Leader and Dream Big!

Mya Prehn may seem like an average seven-year-old girl, but beyond her hobbies of painting, reading, and playing games with her family, she is an entrepreneur and advocate of healthy eating for kids. When Mya was six years old, she had the opportunity of a lifetime—to pitch her business idea to the “dragons” of Dragons’ read more

TLIM Contest: Who’s Great at Your School?

Who’s great at your school? We want to know! Nominate a teacher, administrator or faculty member and you could BOTH win a prize! Enter to win a $200 Amazon Gift Card or the new book, Primary Greatness: The 12 Levers of Success by Stephen R. Covey. Contest expires December 26, 2015. REQUIREMENTS: 1) LIKE the Facebook contest read more

Implementing The Leader in Me in a Middle School: I.S. 061 Leonardo da Vinci, Corona, New York

The Leader in Me is not a process for only elementary schools. Many middle schools and high schools are piloting and have implemented a version of The Leader in Me process and have seen great success. I.S. 061 Leonardo da Vinci School in Corona, New York, is in its second year of implementation. Principal Joseph read more

5 Ways to Stand for Greatness in Education

Many educators around the world are enabling students to achieve their full potential. Regardless of their circumstances, these innovative educators continue to blaze a trail through common challenges in education. They seem to have a natural ability to make a lasting impact within their role and in the lives they touch. What is the secret? read more

Empower Teachers Who Empower Students

“Go confidently in the direction of your dreams.” – Henry David Thoreau This quote by Henry David Thoreau was inscribed on a bookmark given to me by a friend. It’s a quote that has inspired me to achieve more and be confident in my dreams and goals. How can educators empower students to discover and pursue read more

I.S. Charles O. Dewey Middle School: Leadership Lessons for Life

The leadership principles taught through The Leader in Me and the 7 Habits are much more than a collection of catchy phrases for students to memorize. When internalized, these principles and the leadership skills developed through practicing them help students in all areas of life. At I.S. 136 Charles O. Dewey Middle School in Brooklyn, read more

Jessup Elementary: Growing Global Leaders

Jessup Elementary in Jessup, Maryland, recently finished its second year as a Leader in Me School. As a part of their second year of implementation, the staff and administration developed a new school vision: Growing Global Leaders. Principal Anita Dempsey shared thoughts on why they decided on this new school vision. “Students grow into leaders read more

Building Effective School Teams

I recently read a great article on Edutopia about the characteristics of effective school teams. In “5 Characteristics of an Effective School Team,” Elena Aguilar wrote about her negative experiences on past teams and then talked about what makes her current experience positive. You can read the full article here: As I read the read more