May 24, 2013 12:40 PM by MELISSA CANONE
Martin Petitjean Elementary was officially named a Leader In Me Lighthouse School. There are currently about 1,200 schools internationally participating in the The Leader in Me, with only 52 Lighthouse schools.
The Leader in Me is an innovative, schoolwide model that emphasizes a culture of student empowerment and helps unleash each child's full potential. Applying The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People®, teachers and students internalize timeless leadership principles that nurture the skills students need for success in the 21st century.
Lighthouse recognition comes because of the results a school is achieving and the impact it is having on staff, students, parents and the greater community. It typically takes two to three years, but can be achieved sooner if schools make it a priority to achieve results sufficient to pass the Lighthouse review. The review evaluates the schools performance against nine criteria:
A Lighthouse team is in place at the school, meets regularly and oversees school-wide implementation of the leadership model with students, staff, parents and community members.
The school campus environment reinforces the model by adding leadership language displays and bulletins to hallways and classrooms that emphasize individual worth and leadership principles.
Teachers integrate leadership language into school curriculum and instruction daily.