Waukee Elementary Named Leader in Me Lighthouse School By Franklin Covey Co.

Waukee Elementary has been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey for their outstanding results in school and student outcomes through implementing the Leader in Me process with fidelity. Additionally, the award is presented because of the extraordinary impact the school has had on staff, students, parents, and the greater community. This is the District’s third school to achieve this honor. Brookview Elementary and Maple Grove Elementary have also been recognized as Lighthouse schools.

“We are thrilled to recognize Waukee Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. 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,” said Sean Covey, Education Practice Leader at Franklin Covey. “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.”

There are currently more than 2,000 schools worldwide implementing The Leader in Me program. The Leader in Me is a process designed to integrate the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People into the culture of the building and within the school curriculum. Students are taught leadership skills and given the opportunity to practice this learning through a variety of settings as they enhance their 21st century leadership, learning and life skills.

Since the program was implemented in Waukee Elementary, the school has seen amazing results such as an increase in student ownership of leadership and learning, the development of common language used at school and home to promote and encourage leadership, an increase of student achievement and attendance and a decrease in office referrals.

“Countless examples exist of adults and students both leading and pursuing their passions in ways we could never have imagined,” said Waukee Elementary building principal, Nicole Johnson. “I am so thankful to work with such amazing students, staff and families.”