FranklinCovey’s “The Leader in Me” program has awarded a Fayette elementary school with its highest and most coveted honor.
Fayetteville Elementary is the second school in the county, and one of just five in Georgia, to earn the “Leader in Me Lighthouse School” designation. Currently, there are 249 schools in the United States and 289 worldwide that have been awarded Lighthouse School status.
FranklinCovey, a worldwide consulting and training leader, awards The Leader in Me Lighthouse School designation to schools with a proven, well-rounded leadership model that incorporates leadership and life skills that are critical to success in school and careers. Everyone at the school, students, parents, teachers, staff, and administrators, practice life skills and characteristics such as trustworthiness, strong work ethic, motivation, problem solving, goal setting, effective interpersonal skills, teamwork, academic achievement, and valuing diversity in a global market.
Lighthouse schools serve as models of leadership, and as mentors to other schools. Spring Hill Elementary was the first school in Fayette to earn Lighthouse School status in 2016.
To earn Lighthouse School status, schools must meet nine standards that include a school Lighthouse team to oversee the implementation of the model, a school environment that reinforces the leadership model, integration of leadership language into daily curriculum and instruction, collaboration of staff to build leadership in classrooms throughout the school, meaningful leadership roles for students, parental involvement supporting the leadership model, hosting school events to share the leadership model with other schools and the community, goal tracking at the student, classroom, and school-wide level, and measurable improvements as a result of implementing the Leader in Me process.
A review team from FranklinCovey evaluates schools for the designation. FranklinCovey co-founder Stephen Covey authored “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People” and “The Leader in Me.” The books are the basis of the Lighthouse leadership program.