The Leader in Me

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In 2016, Clear Creek ISD committed to bringing The Leader In Me program to schools in order to create a culture of empowerment for students, staff and community through character development, academic goal setting and leadership. Grounded in Stephen Covey’s nationally acclaimed book, The 
7 Habits of Highly Effective People, it pairs with quality tools and educational best practices. It has been implemented in over 80 countries around the globe.

What is Leader in Me?

Based on the idea that every child can be a leader, the program is a whole-school transformation process that teaches 21st century leadership and life skills to students. The Leader In Me is aligned with many national and state academic standards and the process teaches students the skills needed for academic success in any setting. 

What are the positive effects on children?

Participation in the program leads to tangible improvements in the academic, behavioral and social well-being of students. Early intervention has been proven to provide better odds for students to thrive and be successful in their future endeavors.

Students who participate in the program see increases in the following skills:
  • critical and creative thinking
  • self-confidence and goal setting
  • listening and communicating
  • self-directed learning
  • presentation making
  • personal leadership
  • ability to collaborate with other students in groups

How long does the implementation process take?

  • Takes 1-3 years to become fully implemented
  • Once implemented, schools work towards earning the Lighthouse Certification
  • Certification is earned based on evidence of outstanding results in student outcomes
  • Certification typically occurs four to five years into implementation.

How is the program funded?

The Clear Creek Education Foundation (CCEF) partners with the District to help fund a portion of program costs as well as identify future partners to support the expansion of the program at additional schools. The CCEF, as well as the local PTA organizations, sponsored the launch of the initiative at the first two schools, Falcon Pass Elementary and Armand Bayou Elementary schools.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital is the Visionary Partner underwriting the program at many schools. Several cities have also joined The Leader In Me movement in Clear Creek ISD and support the program's implementation at their neighboring schools. 
This support allows for the purchase of coaching and professional learning for staff, student and family materials, measurable results assessments and surveys and program licensing.

How can organizations get involved?

The District plans to continue to expand the program in an effort to provide even more students with the opportunity to experience The Leader In Me and unleash their full potential. Business, government and community organizations interested in becoming a Leader In Me underwriter and partner may contact CCEF Executive Director Deborah Laine or Assistant Director of Marketing, Eva deCardenas. Please see contact information below:

Deborah Laine
Executive Director
Clear Creek Education Foundation

Eva deCardenas
Assistant Director of Marketing
Clear Creek ISD

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