Fair Oaks Elementary Named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School

Franklin Covey Co. named Fair Oaks Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. This recognition comes because the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing The Leader in Me process with fidelity. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community. Over the past six years, more than 150 schools have achieved this prestigious milestone out of the more than 2,500 public, private, charter, and magnet schools across 35 countries that have adopted The Leader in Me process.

“We are honored to become a Leader in Me Lighthouse School,” said Dr. Cindy Szwec, principal of Fair Oaks Elementary. “We have seen such amazing results from implementing The Leader in Me process at our school, such as improved student behavior, increased student efficacy and increased student confidence. One example is a student who spoke publicly at the Leader in Me Symposium in Atlanta about how internalizing the 7 Habits has helped him to process his anger and deal more proactively with daily situations. He has gone from a chronic behavior problem to an honor roll student who is a role model for others. 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 Leader in Me utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning, quality, and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders including The 4 Imperatives of Great Leaders and The 4 Disciplines of Execution. The process includes student participation in goal setting, data tracking, leadership roles, Student-Led Conferences, leadership environments, and Leadership Events. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is also a key component of the overall Leader in Me process and is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures.

The Leader in Me differs from other whole-school transformation processes in that it offers a holistic, schoolwide 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.

“We are thrilled to recognize Fair Oaks Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School,” said Sean Covey, education practice leader at Franklin Covey. “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. 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.”

Congratulations to the Fair Oaks family for reaching this awesome milestone!