Covey Company Names Trailwoods A ‘Lighthouse’ School

Years-long 'The Leader In Me' effort by students, staff results in national recognition

(PHOTOS BY: Ray Weikal/KCPS)

Kansas City, June 22, 2017:  After a rigorous implementation and review process, Trailwoods Elementary School recently became one of only about 300 schools in the world that have earned the coveted Leader in Me Lighthouse School status from the Franklin Covey Co.

This recognition comes because the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing “The Leader in Me” process with fidelity over the last three years, according to the company. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.

“Schools who achieve the Lighthouse milestone are great examples of a strong leadership model, process, and of what it means to be a ‘Leader in Me’ school,” company Education Practice Leader Sean Covey said. “This school has experienced transformational results by implementing the principles and practices related to ‘The Leader in Me.’ We are so pleased to celebrate the success they are experiencing.”

“The Leader in Me” is a whole-school transformation model—developed in partnership with educators—that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on secular principles and practices of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness.

“We are honored to become a Leader in Me Lighthouse School,” Principal Christy Harrison said. “We have seen such amazing results from implementing ‘The Leader in Me’ process at our school, such as an increase in attendance, low discipline referrals and an increase in students participating in school wide roles. And we expect to see greater results over time.”

“The Leader in Me” utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning, quality, and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders. The process includes student participation in goal setting, data tracking, leadership roles, student-led conferences, leadership environments and leadership events.

The process offers a holistic, schoolwide experience for staff, students, and parents, and creates a common language and culture within the school. The leadership principles and lessons are not taught as a curriculum, but instead are incorporated into coursework, traditions, systems, and culture.

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