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Rocky River Elementary earns Leader in Me Lighthouse Status

Rocky River Celebration Rocky River Elementary has been named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. Principal Sherry Richardson made the announcement during Leadership Day on Friday, March 8. Rocky River Elementary is one of 417 schools in the world and the second in Union County to earn this prestigious certification. Indian Trail Elementary earned its status in 2016.

Leader in Me (LiM) is an evidence-based, school improvement model that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century.  The model is based on a theory of change known as the See-Do-Get cycle that creates new paradigms, effective practices and real results.

FranklinCovey Education, a worldwide consulting and training leader, awards the Leader in Me Lighthouse designation to schools with a proven, well-rounded leadership model.

“I am extremely proud of the Lighthouse team and everyone who was involved in helping us to get here,” said Principal Sherry Richardson. “While the Lighthouse recognition is wonderful and affirming, the reward is coming to work every day and being part of the Rocky River Family.”

Lighthouse schools must meet nine standards that include a Lighthouse team to oversee the implementation of the model, demonstrate a school environment that reinforces the leadership model, integration of leadership language, collaboration of staff to build leadership in classrooms, parent involvement and hosting events to share the leadership model.

Rocky River Elementary began its journey as a LiM School in 2014. Each year, students and staff worked to further develop leadership practices through daily activities, classroom learning, school events, professional development and more.

Richardson points out that everyone in the school and parents, practice life skills and characteristics. She added that “Rocky River is a place where students belong, staff and students want to be and where everyone is a leader.”

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Posted: March 15, 2019