Tradewind Named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School

Tradewind Elementary Named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School
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May 24, 2016 -- Tradewind Elementary has become the first campus in Amarillo and just the 21st in Texas, to earn the prestigious Leader in Me Lighthouse School milestone from the Franklin Covey Company. The campus now sports the official banner signifying the achievement, after a special presentation at the school on Tuesday, May 24.

Leader in Me Lighthouse Schools are those that practice The Leader in Me whole school transformation process, and apply those principles to an elite level. Of the more than 2,500 Leader in Me schools worldwide, only 206 have achieved Lighthouse status. The program’s foundational 21st century leadership and life skills will empower students throughout their lives, said Tradewind Principal Kim Bentley. “We are equipping students to leave Tradewind self-reliant, to take initiative, plan ahead, set and track personal and academic goals, prioritize their time, manage their emotion, express their viewpoints, find creative solutions and live a balanced life.”

To reach the Lighthouse milestone, schools must realize significant benchmarks in school and student outcomes, said Sean Covey, Education Practice Leader for 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.”

Inspired by Stephen Covey’s iconic book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me process creates a culture of student empowerment based on the idea that every child can be a leader and achieve success in any setting. The process is not taught as a curriculum, but instead incorporated into coursework, traditions, systems, and culture. Bentley says the process has brought visible changes to Tradewind. “I became a believer when I saw the confidence demonstrated by our students to step in and lead our school.  They feel like it is their school and they want it to run smoothly.  They will jump in when they see a need and make sure the school, students and staff are taken care of in every situation.” 

The Lighthouse designation is given to schools that have demonstrated the following:

  • The school campus environment reinforces the leadership model by displaying leadership language that emphasizes individual worth and potential in hallways and classrooms.
  • Teachers integrate leadership language into school curriculum and instruction.
  • Staff collaborates and works together to effectively build a culture of leadership.
  • Students are provided with meaningful student leadership roles and responsibilities, such as mentor, public speaker, school tour guide, and greeter.
  • Parents are given opportunities to learn The Leader in Me model and the 7 Habits and are involved in activities that support the leadership model.
  • A system is in place for setting and tracking school-wide, classroom, academic, and personal goals.
  • Leadership events are held to allow students to practice their leadership skills (e.g. public speaking, sharing data, confident greetings, etc.) with community business partners, parents, and other educators.
  • The school leadership team meets regularly and oversees school-wide implementation of the leadership model with the help of students, staff, parents, and community members.
  • Measureable improvements in teacher engagement, parent satisfaction, student behavior, and academic alignment are shown by comparing baseline data with the tracking of ongoing data.

In addition to Tradewind, two other AISD campuses practice The Leader in Me philosophy—Humphrey’s Highland Elementary and Glenwood Elementary.

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