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neisd schools awarded lighthouse status

Oak Meadow and Hardy Oak elementary schools were named Lighthouse Schools at The Texas Leader in Me Symposium held in San Antonio on Jan. 24-25, 2013. This designation means they serve as models of leadership for other schools across the country implementing the Leader in Me program.

The Leader in Me program follows Dr. Stephen R. Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" bringing these tools and skills to students.

"The principles of the program are infused, integrated and woven throughout all aspects of a student's education -- all the way from classroom work to the playground to parent communication," said Pat Sanford, director of Leadership Development at NEISD.

In order to attain Lighthouse status, schools must complete set criteria including Lighthouse team training, 7 Habits training, integrated instruction, student leadership roles, parent involvement, goals and tracking, measurable results and leadership events.

The symposiums are two-day conferences that attract educators, business leaders, and community stakeholders alike, and offer an unforgettable experience of accelerated growth and development through breakout sessions, keynote speakers and Leader in Me school tours. Sean Covey, author of the 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens, was on hand for the San Antonio symposium.

Currently, 31 NEISD schools are implementing the Leader in Me program at their campuses. Last year, Wilderness Oak Elementary School was the first campus in the district to earn Lighthouse status.


To see video of the San Antonio Symposium, click HERE.


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Posted on Jan. 25, 2013