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Lakewood Elementary School Principal Shelee Clark shared with her students and staff today that the school has been certified and named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by FranklinCovey Education.

“This recognition is evidence that the school has produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing the Leader in Me process with fidelity and excellence,” a news release from FranklinCovey Education stated.  “It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents and the greater community.”

“We are honored to have been certified and named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School,” Clark said.  “We have seen amazing results from implementing the Leader in Me process at our school, such as increased growth on MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessments and increased parent participation in student-led conferences.  This process has had a significant impact on all students. And we expect to see greater results over time.”

The Lighthouse Certification is a highly-regarded standard set by FranklinCovey Education that is attainable by every Leader in Me school. As it is a significant benchmark, applying for this certification typically occurs three to five years after a school begins the Leader in Me process.

Since its official launch nearly a decade ago, nearly 4,000 schools across 50 countries have adopted the Leader in Me process, while more than 300 schools have achieved the prestigious Lighthouse certification.

Sean Covey, President, FranklinCovey Education, said, “We are thrilled to recognize Lakewood Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. Schools who achieve this Lighthouse Certification are great examples of a strong leadership model and 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 Leader in Me. And, we are so pleased and honored to celebrate the success they are experiencing.”

Lakewood Elementary will maintain its Lighthouse Certification the next two years and will continue to foster its growth and proficiency in exemplifying a leadership culture and principles. Lakewood will be able to recertify its Lighthouse Certification through a virtual self-assessment, describing and celebrating its growth and accomplishments since its original Lighthouse designation after the two years are complete.

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 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.

To learn more about the Leader in Me process, please visit

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