PROVO -- FranklinCovey Co. announced today that 400 schools throughout the world have now adopted The Leader in Me,FranklinCovey's Education process for teaching leadership at the elementary school level. Included are schools from the United States, Canada, Singapore, Australia, Japan, Hungary and the Philippines. Additionally, ten have now met the criteria necessary to become Franklin Covey Lighthouse Schools. (Visit www.TheLeaderinMe.org.)
Included in the process as a foundational piece is content from The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, authored by Stephen Covey, which inspires young students to develop the skills and self-confidence to lead their lives and succeed in the 21st Century. Also included are principles from Stephen Covey's book, The Leader in Me:How Schools and Parents Around the World are Inspiring Greatness, One Child at a Time. The book chronicles how extraordinary elementary schools are teaching the same leadership principles, which have guided corporate and government boardroom decisions for years, to elementary school age children.
"We are thrilled that more than 400 elementary schools throughout the world have employed The Leader in Me process," said Sean Covey, Education Practice Leader, Franklin Covey Co. "This signifies the commitment of these educators to teach and inspire every child to become a leader. Students are developing the necessary skills that employers are seeking in today's competitive global economy and will be better prepared to meet the future challenges of our ever-changing world. We are honored to partner together with educators to realize this vision and are thrilled with the extraordinary results we are seeing."
The Leader in Me process integrates the principles of personal leadership and effectiveness in everyday, age-appropriate language into the core subjects and curriculum of an elementary school. It is a holistic school-wide experience for teachers and students and creates a common language and culture within the school built on proven principle-based leadership skills found in The 7 Habits. The process is aligned with the Standards for Staff Development established by Learning Forward (formerly National Staff Development Council).
The process is implemented as follows:
-- The staff (teachers) identifies a vision of the outcomes they want for their school.
-- Teachers learn The 7 Habits and then act as role-model leaders.
-- Teachers are taught how to pervasively build The 7 Habits and other key leadership tools into school culture and curricula in order to effectively teach the timeless principles to students. Parents support their children in the process.
-- The school's teachers, students and parents utilize a number of tools, including Franklin Covey consultants and www.TheLeaderinMe.org (lesson plans, videos, student activity guides, teacher editions, posters, and books) to help them implement and reinforce the process year after year.
Franklin Covey Co. also announced today that there are 10 schools which have become Franklin Covey Lighthouse Schools. In order to achieve this honor, these schools have not only participated in the multiyear process of implementing The Leader in Me, but have achieved extraordinary results and are models of excellence for other schools. It is the goal of every Leader in Me School to achieve transformational results and to qualify for Lighthouse School status by meeting the following requirements:
-- Trained school staff (The Lighthouse Team) meets regularly and oversees school-wide implementation of the leadership model with students, staff, parents and community members
-- School campus environment reinforces the model by adding leadership language displays and bulletins to hallways and classrooms that emphasize individual worth and leadership principles.
-- Teachers integrate leadership language into school curriculum and instruction daily.
-- Staff collaborates and works together to effectively build a culture of leadership in classrooms and throughout the school.
-- Students are provided with meaningful student leadership roles and responsibilities.
-- Parents of students understand The Leader in Me model and The 7 Habits and are involved in activities that support the leadership model.
-- Systems are in place for setting and tracking school-wide, classroom, academic and personal goals.
-- School sees improvements resulting from The Leader in Me process, which include measuring, collecting baseline data and tracking results.
-- School holds a mini or full Leadership Day to share the leadership model with the community, which includes parents, business partners, educators and schools.