Waterville K-12 School Named Leader in Me Lighthouse School

By Suzanne Robinson
Empire Press Correspondent

WATERVILLE/SALT LAKE CITY — Waterville K-12 announced on April 26 its certification and naming as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey Education. This recognition is evidence of results the Leader in Me process is applying and the impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.

Cathi Nelson, Superintendent of Waterville School District said, “We are honored to have been certified and named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. We have seen amazing results from implementing the Leader in Me process at our school, such as increased student involvement in Leadership Roles across all grade levels and effective use of Student Leadership Portfolios to track their goals, keep and analyze their achievement data, and share their growth and success with families.

One example is a student who was unorganized and not being successful academically and now is consistently using Habit 1, “Be Proactive”, to take charge of his learning through intentional goal setting and planning! This process not only has had a significant impact on this student, but on all students. And we expect to see greater results over time.”

The Lighthouse Certification is a standard set by FranklinCovey Education attainable by every Leader in Me school. As it is a significant benchmark, applying for this certification typically occurs three to five years after a school begins the Leader in Me process.

Sean Covey, President, FranklinCovey Education said, “We are thrilled to recognize Waterville K-12 as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. Schools who achieve this Lighthouse Certification are great examples of a strong leadership model and process, and of what it means to be a Leader in Me school. This school has experienced transformational results by implementing the principles and practices related to Leader in Me. And, we are so pleased and honored to celebrate the success they are experiencing.”

Since its official launch in 2009, nearly 4,000 public, private, and charter schools across 50 countries have adopted the Leader in Me process, and over 300 schools have achieved Lighthouse certification. It is earned by schools that demonstrate the following:

  • The school administration and staff engage in ongoing learning and develop as leaders while championing leadership.
  • Students effectively learn leadership principles and apply critical thinking.
  • Together the families and school partner to learn about the 7 Habits and leadership principles.
  • Leadership is seen, felt and heard in the school community and environment through the language of the 7 Habits and a culture of caring, relationships, and affirmation.
  • Students share leadership through a variety of roles. Student voice leads to innovations within the school.
  • Schoolwide, classroom, family and community leadership events provide environments to celebrate leadership, build culture, and allow students to practice skills.
  • The school uses the 4DX® process to identify and track progress toward Wildly Important Goals (WIGs) for the school, classroom, and staff.
  • Students lead their own learning with the skills to assess their needs, set goals and carry out action plans. They track progress in Leadership Notebooks and share these with adults in student-led conferences.
  • Teacher planning and reflection, trusting relationships, and student-led learning combine to create environments for highly engaged learning.

Waterville will maintain Lighthouse Certification for the next two years and afterwards will be able to re-certify through a virtual self-assessment describing growth and accomplishments since the original Lighthouse designation.

Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model developed in partnership with educators and empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive. It teaches students how to become self-reliant, take initiative, plan and prioritize time and many other crucial life skills.

Leader in Me utilizes and integrates several models and processes from past and current thought leaders including The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders and The 4 Disciplines of Execution. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is also a key component of the Leader in Me.

Leader in Me is having a measurable impact on schools all over the world and in the lives of millions of students, parents, teachers and administrators. To learn more about the Leader in Me process, please visit http://www.theleaderinme.org/.