(Cedar Valley of Iowa) – WATERLOO—Hoover Middle School has attained the designation of Lighthouse School, an honor awarded by FranklinCovey for schools who demonstrate a superior level total school implementation of Leader in Me. Hoover is only the fifth Lighthouse middle school in the world to achieve such a designation.

After completion of an in depth, year-long application and review process, FranklinCovey visited Hoover to confirm Leader in Me has been implemented as a whole school transformational model. The Leader in Me model involves an infusion of leadership into the school culture and academics.

“We are so proud of the work our students and staff have made to transform the academics, culture and leadership at Hoover Middle School. We are so grateful for the growth we have made and becoming a Lighthouse Leadership school just affirms the work we are doing to meet our vision of influencing the world and serving others,” said Mike Fisher, Hoover principal.

The Leader in Me Lighthouse School milestone is awarded by FranklinCovey to honor the attainment of a well-rounded leadership model. Lighthouse Schools serve as models of leadership and mentors to other schools by meeting these standards related to:

  • Lighthouse Team
  • Leadership Environment
  • Integrated Curriculum and Instruction
  • Staff Collaboration
  • Student Leadership
  • Parent & Community Engagement
  • Leadership Events
  • Goal Tracking

Hoover is one of only 232 schools to achieve the Lighthouse Milestone out of the 2,580 Leader in Me schools around the world. Notably, Hoover is only the second Cedar Valley school to receive the designation, following Waterloo’s Orange Elementary designation in 2015. Hoover & Orange were among the first Cedar Valley schools implementing the Leader in Me through the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber’s Leader Valley initiative. Leader Valley’s primary focus is implementation of Leader in Me across school districts in the Cedar Valley. The Leader in Me, based on the Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, is creating leadership cultures in schools and instilling 21st Century soft skills of effectiveness in Cedar Valley students.

To learn more about Leader in Me at Hoover Middle School, visit hooverleadership.weebly.com
For more information on Leader Valley initiative and the Leader in Me, contact Melissa Reade, Leader Valley Program Director at the Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber by calling (319)232-1156 or by email at mreade@cedarvalleyalliance.com. You can also visit www.leadervalley.org.

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