Prairie View, Seven Hills named Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools
Prairie View, Seven Hills named Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools
Posted on 05/08/2019
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A Prairie View Elementary School student answers audience questions

The Franklin Covey Company has named Northwest ISD’s Prairie View and Seven Hills as Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools, signifying their positive student response to the program’s leadership and emotional development initiatives.

Through the Leader in Me program, campuses adopt a school-wide transformation model developed in partnership with educators that empowers students with leadership and life skills. The program is based on principles and practices of personal, interpersonal and organizational effectiveness

Principal Kim Blackburn of Seven Hills called the designation an honor and privilege that acknowledges her school’s three years of hard work.

“Through the Leader in Me, we are preparing students for future success, including academically, socially and emotionally,” she said. “We are building confidence through tasks such as focused goal-setting, providing opportunities for students to lead or engage in clubs based on interest or choice, and teaching the seven habits.”

As a testament to the program’s effectiveness, Mrs. Blackburn highlighted that two student leaders in particular. Those students delivered speeches about academic achievement and leadership roles at Seven Hills to a room of more than 300 adults during the Leader in Me Dallas Symposium earlier this year, showing comfort in engaging with a large audience.

A Seven Hills Elementary School student gives a speech

Principal Yolanda Wallace of Prairie View shared similar sentiments about the Leader in Me program’s effectiveness at her school, saying all students have shown growth and the school expects to see greater results over time.

“We have seen such amazing results from implementing the Leader in Me process at our school, such as student ownership and growth in academics, increased student voice at all campus events and empowered campus of leaders who are changing our community,” she said. “One example is a student who has been reading below level since first grade. Over the past two years, she has been setting wildly important goals to read on grade level. She and her teachers have been working lead measures, holding one another accountable and is now reading on grade level.”

The Leader in Me starts with the premise that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader. The program is developed into the school’s existing curriculum and initiatives with a focus on improving relationships, transforming culture, and motivating both students and staff.

Since its launch six years ago, nearly 4,000 schools across 50 countries have adopted the Leader in Me. Educators continue to offer feedback on best practices, which provides continuous improvement and refinement of the process.

For more information about the Leader in Me, visit www.leaderinme.org.