• Creating a Family Mission Statement: Begin With the End in Mind

    Creating a family mission statement is an important piece of family history. Not only because the mission statement defines what is important to your family but also because the mission statement has deep historical roots. Let’s take a quick look at the evolution of the family mission statement. The Coat of Arms   quest (noun): […] The post Creating a Family Mission Statement: Begin With the End in Mind appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • Recess: Why It Is Important For Social Emotional Learning

    Recess is an integral part of an elementary student’s day. It provides physical activity, social connections, and problem-solving situations for students. It is part of the foundation of social-emotional learning. And according to the third-grade students I recently surveyed, recess is the best part of their school day. During this favorite time of day, students […] The post Recess: Why It Is Important For Social Emotional Learning appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • Perspective: 3 Ways to Challenge Yourself and Your Views

    Perspective is a hard thing to shift when we fall into a routine. My all-time favorite quote from Dr. Stephen Covey, found in The Leader in Me, expresses my message today about perspective: “When literally hundreds of students arrive in unison each morning like a giant wave, or when they depart en masse at the end of […] The post Perspective: 3 Ways to Challenge Yourself and Your Views appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • Finding Your Voice at Any Age—Caitlin’s Birthday Wish

    What do you remember about your sixth birthday? Do you recall your closest friends at school, the face of your teacher, or what you used to do during recess? Can you visualize your school picture that year or your favorite lunch in the cafeteria? My Sixth Birthday Although it’s been more than three decades, I […] The post Finding Your Voice at Any Age—Caitlin’s Birthday Wish appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • 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 […] The post Q&A: School and Community Partnerships appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • 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 […] The post Finding a Voice of Leadership appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • 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’ […] The post Student Spotlight: Be a Leader and Dream Big! appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • 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 […] The post Implementing The Leader in Me in a Middle School: I.S. 061 Leonardo da Vinci, Corona, New York appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • 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, […] The post I.S. Charles O. Dewey Middle School: Leadership Lessons for Life appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • 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 […] The post Guest Blog: How Volunteering to Teach Students Leadership Skills Made a Difference in My Community appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • 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 […] The post Jessup Elementary: Growing Global Leaders appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

  • 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 […] The post Combat Bullying with Kindness and Leadership appeared first on Leader In Me. […]

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