Learn how Leader in Me elementary schools are addressing leadership and life skills, positive and supportive school cultures, unfinished learning, resilience and trauma-informed practices, self-directed learning, PBIS, and more.
Leader in Me provides elementary schools with a model and process that addresses common challenges that are unique to students during these formative years. Parents, educators, and school administrators are concerned with their child’s physical, mental, social, and economic well-being, all of which are factors that can contribute to or hinder academic success. Teachers, staff, and administrators at Leader in Me Schools are empowered to provide support in all of these areas by creating a learning environment that addresses whole-child education with five (5) Core Paradigms. These paradigms influence the behavior of staff, students, and their families.
5 Core Paradigms
After receiving community feedback to improve her failing school in 1999, A.B. Combs Elementary principal Muriel Summers integrated Baldridge quality tools, the 7 Habits, and several other educational best practices to create a leadership model for her students. Since implementing this leadership model, A.B. Combs has been named the #1 Magnet School in America—twice. Since then, Leader in Me has been implemented by thousands of schools worldwide and continues to evolve towards better, more transformative processes based on feedback from a global community of educators.
More than just another program, Leader in Me serves as the foundational operating system that integrates seamlessly into each school’s unique priorities, initiatives, and culture. When implemented with excellence, Leader in Me redefines what it means to be a high performing school in the 21st century. This new definition of school greatness is represented in three overlapping circles: leadership, culture, and academics.
Children at Leader in Me Schools thrive in a nurturing environment when they feel safe, confident, and supported by teachers and other staff members. By recognizing each child as a leader with unique gifts and talents to share, all aspects of their education begin to flourish. This social and emotional learning process equips students with the critical life skills to build meaningful relationships and take ownership of their education.
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Leader in Me shows the leadership we need to transform education is not outside our schools, but within them and especially the students themselves.
– Sir Ken Robinson, International Advisor on Education and New York Times Best-Selling Author
Teachers can often lose sight of why they became an educator when working diligently to meet district, state and federal standards of academic performance. Leader in Me helps educators rediscover their true passion for teaching by encouraging a whole-child focus. Leader in Me reminds educators of their purpose and direction as they reconnect with their vocation.
During the formative years of early childhood development, parents are eager to discover ways to prepare their children for obstacles ahead. Leader in Me offers families a powerful framework that aligns to the same principles being taught at school. And it’s not just helping kids finish their homework–families collaborate with their local Leader in Me school to encourage their child to cultivate leadership skills, like motivation, self-directed learning, self-confidence, and working well with others.
Schools begin Leader in Me implementation with the annual membership license and installation process that provides training, coaching, and access to online resources.
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