Charleston Leaders, in Midst of South Carolina Teacher Walkout, Commits to Funding Leadership Model in Two Schools in Berkeley County

Leadership organization will fund Leader in Me model in Sangaree and Devon Forest Elementary

Charleston SC, 5/2/19 – In the midst of the AllOutMay1 walkout march and protest, Charleston Leaders, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, commits to funding a FranklinCovey Education Leadership model called Leader in Me ( in two Berkeley County schools beginning this Summer. Sangaree Elementary and Devon Forest Elementary schools are the first two schools to have been selected for this three year program. “Our vision is to see all Lowcountry schools with the Leader in Me model implemented” says Charleston Leaders President and Co-Founder, Mr. Larry Collett.

Leader in Me (LiM) is an evidence-based, comprehensive school improvement model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life-skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. This framework provides a unique approach to integrating highly effective practices throughout a school’s culture. Instead of focusing on academic measures alone, Leader in Me embodies a holistic approach to education, redefining how schools measure success. This approach empowers educators with effective practices and tools to:

  • teach LEADERSHIP to every student,
  • create a CULTURE of student empowerment,
  • and align systems to drive results in ACADEMICS.

When we see 10,000 teachers and supporters marching at the Statehouse, we need to listen and take action. There is a reason why they are there; they need the help of our community. Teachers are the frontline to our children’s education and these children are our future leaders; why not give them the resources they need? The cost of implementation for the Leader in Me model in a school is substantial but extremely worth it because we cannot put a price on a child’s education and future. We have a moral obligation as leaders in our community to do something and Leader in Me spoke to us as a resource that these schools need. We only get one chance to prepare children for a world none of us can possibly predict and if we just sit around and talk or complain about it, nothing will get done. We chose to do something about it.