Mauldin Elementary School has earned international recognition for the quality of their student leadership programs by being named a Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co., the worldwide consulting and training group that works with businesses and other institutions to improve performance.
Covey wrote “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People,” and the book’s leadership principles have been adapted for young children and used to guide schools in developing Leader in Me educational programs. Mauldin Elementary achieved Lighthouse status after being evaluated and approved by a review team from Franklin Covey Co.
Principal Jennifer Dodds said, “Mauldin Elementary is honored to be certified and named as a Lighthouse School by the Leader in Me program. Through Leader in Me, our students have additional opportunities to grow academically and socially by learning to take ownership in their learning process and develop their skills as leaders in their classrooms, the school, and in the greater community. We believe these are lifelong skills that better prepare students for future success.”
The Leader in Me program incorporates ideas from a variety of sources on leadership, education and effective social and emotional interaction. Students set goals, track data and assume leadership roles. Students become self-reliant, take initiative, plan ahead, set and track goals, do their homework, prioritize their time, manage their emotions, be considerate of others, express their viewpoints persuasively, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions, value differences and live balanced lives.
Teachers, staff, and administrators at Leader in Me Schools are empowered to provide support for students’ physical, mental, social, and economic well-being by creating a learning environment that addresses whole-child education with five Core Paradigms. These paradigms influence the behavior of staff, students, and their families.