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Cedar Springs Elementary Named a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co.

CSE Lighthouse Team Cedar Springs Elementary has been named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School by Franklin Covey Co. This recognition comes because the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing The Leader in Me process with fidelity. It is also because of the extraordinary impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.

The Leader in Me 
is a whole-school transformation model developed in partnership with educators that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is a key component of the overall Leader in Me process and is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal, interpersonal, and organizational effectiveness such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration, and renewal, which are secular in nature and common to all people and cultures. 

The Lighthouse Milestone is a highly regarded standard set by Franklin Covey that is attainable by every The Leader in Me school. The attainment of the Lighthouse Milestone represents a significant benchmark, and it is evidence that a high standard has been met by a school. Applying for the Lighthouse Milestone typically occurs three to five years after a school begins The Leader in Me.

We are so excited for our student leaders, staff, and our CSE families,” said Cedar Springs Elementary Principal Cynthia Spurgeon. “Earning Leader in Me Lighthouse status is a culmination of the hard work, effort, and support of everyone in the Northwest community as we fully implemented the 7 Habits. We could not be more proud!” 

Becoming a Lighthouse School is a recognition schools earn because they have produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes by implementing The Leader in Me with fidelity. More than 300 schools have achieved this prestigious milestone. Leader in Me Schools, which have implemented the process with fidelity, report increases in the following: student self-confidence, teamwork, initiative, responsibility, creativity, self-direction, leadership, problem solving, and communication for children of all ages, socioeconomic levels, learning capacities, and cultural backgrounds. 


We are very proud of Cedar Springs for being recognized by Franklin Covey as a national Leader in Me school,’ said Dr. Desi Kirchhofer, superintendent of Northwest R-I School District. “Most of all, we are proud of the hard work, leadership, and service that our students and staff demonstrate every day.”

Since its official launch nearly six years ago, nearly 4,000 public, private, charter, and magnet schools across 50 countries have adopted The Leader in Me. Educators continue to offer feedback on best practices, which provides continuous improvement and refinement of the process. 


Photo: (l-r) Northwest Superintendent Dr. Desi Kirchhofer, CSE Principal Cynthia Spurgeon, and Northwest Director of Elementary Education Dr. Grace Green are joined by the CSE Lighthouse Leader club to celebrate Cedar Springs Elementary's designation as a Lighthouse School