May 11, 2017

Todd Marshall
Director of Communications,
Marketing and Development
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Nash Elementary Named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey

Texarkana, TX – Nash Elementary School has been named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. They are one of 25 in Texas to receive this designation and one of only 290 in the world. This recognition comes because of the outstanding results achieved in school and student outcomes and through the implementation of The Leader in Me process with fidelity.

Sean Covey, Education Practice Leader with Franklin Covey, said, “We are thrilled to recognize Nash Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. Schools who achieve the Lighthouse Milestone are great examples of a strong leadership model process, and what it means to be a Leader in Me school. 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.”

Patti O’Bannon, principal of Nash Elementary said, “We are honored to become a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. We have seen amazing results in student empowerment and student initiative. Our kids now see that everyone has the potential to be a leader and they are taking ownership in their desire to lead.”

“The campus, as a whole, is very goal-oriented. We have our school-wide WIGS (Wildly Important Goals) that then become grade level, classroom and student goals,” O’Bannon continued. One of the significant gains we have seen through tracking is our reading interest and levels. At the end of last school year, we had 7,226 Accelerated Reading (AR) points as an entire campus. By making this an important goal for 80% of students to reach their individual goal and focusing our energy toward achieving better results, we now are at 37,000 AR points.” AR points are determined through a student reading books and then taking tests over that item.

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. The program differs from other whole-school transformation processes in that it offers a holistic, school-wide 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.

The Leader in Me process is implemented as follows:

  • School staff identify a new vision of the outcomes they want for their school (e.g. decreasing discipline referrals);
  • School staff learn The Leader in Me principles and tools and begin incorporating the leadership principles in their work and relationships (e.g. learning how to work more cooperatively with each other);
  • School staff model the behaviors to their students;
  • Teachers are taught how to incorporate the leadership principles and tools into school culture and curricula;

Key elements of the leadership model are implemented into the school, including:

  • Teaching students how to set, track and achieve goals in a Leadership Notebook;
  • Reinventing the physical environment to reinforce the vision and outcomes for the school (banners, signs, murals);
  • Holding Student-Led Conferences, which are similar to parent-teacher conferences, yet are different in that the student takes ownership of the conference;
  • Giving each student a leadership role within the school, holding student-led Leadership Events and using a common language of leadership;
  • Parents play an important role in supporting their children in the process;
  • School staff, students, and parents utilize a number of resources (lesson plans, videos, student activity guides, Teacher Editions, posters, books, and The Leader in Me online) to help them implement and reinforce the process.

Since its official launch nearly six years ago, over 3,000 public, private, charter, and magnet schools across 35 countries have adopted The Leader in Me. Becoming a Lighthouse School is a recognition schools earn because they have produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing The Leader in Me with fidelity. More than 290 of 3,143 schools have achieved this prestigious milestone.

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