Middle school students experience a phase of self-discovery as they learn to develop relationships with peers and make responsible decisions. Leader in Me Schools establish a culture of social-emotional learning that helps every middle school student build self-confidence and discover their true potential while pursuing academic excellence. Leader in Me helps staff create an uplifting and empowering environment that addresses social-emotional learning by developing 21st Century skills found in the Student Leadership Portrait™.
In 1999, Principal Muriel Summers was dedicated to improving her failing elementary school. In her quest to transform A.B. Combs Elementary, Principal Summers integrated Baldridge quality tools, the 7 Habits®, and several other educational best practices to implement a leadership model. Within a few years, A.B. Combs was named the #1 Magnet School in America—twice. Thanks to the success of A.B. Combs and other schools that followed its example, Leader in Me has become a model and process that continues to improve, based on feedback from educators throughout the world and the evolving needs facing education today.
During middle school and junior high years, teens begin laying the foundation for success in high school and beyond. In addition to establishing self-directed learning, students benefit from Leader in Me principles that develop skills like conflict resolution with peers, leadership roles in group environments and public-speaking opportunities on both academic and other topics. These social-emotional skills help enable students to lead their own learning.
Leader in Me is the ideal blueprint for every school to change the world through education.
– Erin Gruwell, Founder of the Freedom Writers
Administrators, teachers, and other supporting staff members need opportunities for meaningful professional development as they strive to impact students. Leader in Me focuses on helping staff build character, explore new paradigms, and develop highly effective practices based on timeless principles of success and transformation.
Families work with Leader in Me Schools to ensure teens are challenged with additional responsibilities in order to learn how to collaborate with others, cultivate work ethic, and nurture a goal-centric mindset. During middle school, teens continue tracking academic performance, accepting leadership roles at school, and begin with the end in mind as they prepare for college, career, and life beyond academics.