Preparing for Life

One of the cornerstones of Leader in Me is helping students develop the skills that will prepare them for life after school. By shifting the culture of a school, Leader in Me is helping improve how our children grow and learn. By teaching educators and students timeless principles that transcend social-economic groups, race and religion, Leader in Me helps students develop the life skills and self-confidence to succeed as leaders in the 21st century.

  • 7 schools reported reduced incidents of bullying and harassment, while 1 of the 7 schools reported the same number of incidents.
To assess the impact on school culture of Leader in Me Schools, many data points were collected. These include:

  • Demographics – Includes racial and ethnic minority, free and reduced lunch, special education, and English language learners for 11 Leader in Me schools who have implemented for at least a full year.
    • Racial and Ethnic Minorities – The percentages of racial and ethnic minorities ranged from 11% to 92% of the total school population.
  • Free and Reduced Lunch – The percentages of students receiving free and reduced lunches ranged from 14.5% to 92% of the total school population.
  • Special Education – The percentages of students receiving special education services ranged from 10% to 23% of the total school population.
  • English Language Learners – The percentages of students identified as English Language Learners ranged from 2% to 15% of the total school population.
  • Chronic absenteeism – Chronic absenteeism is defined as students who miss more than 18 days per school year. 5/7 schools improved the number of students who were chronically absent
  • Discipline referrals – Includes the tracking of three tiers of major discipline referrals to the office. Tier 1 referrals include 0-1 major incidents per student, while Tier 2 includes 2-5 major incidents and Tier 3 includes 6 or more major incidents. Classroom level discipline incidents were not available for this interim report.
    • 4/7 schools reported fewer Tier 1 and Tier 2 disciplinary referrals
    • Of the 4 schools with improved Tier 1 and 2 disciplinary referrals, there was an average of 34 less Tier 2 incidents and an average of 10 less Tier 1 incidents
    • 3 of 7 schools reported fewer Tier 3 disciplinary referrals
    • Of the 3 schools with improved Tier 3 disciplinary referrals, there was an average of 16 less incidents
  • Bullying and Harassment – Includes investigated and documented cases of bullying and harassment incidents. 4/7 schools reported reduced incidents of bullying and harassment, while 1 of the 7 schools reported the same number of incidents.
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“Leader in Me isn’t necessarily a program. It is a way of thinking, a way of being, and a way of doing. This is a way of a gentle, kinder, and more caring environment within the schools. So if we can perpetuate the true 7 Habits, the learning has got to increase. Children will feel safer. They’re going to be more risk-takers. They’ll want to be more collaborative. They’re going to want to help each other and think win-win. They’re going to put first things first. It’s just a really good way of being.”
Dr. Victoria Robinson, University of Northern Iowa
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