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The Leader in Me

United Way of Acadiana is helping to implement The Leader in Me in all interested schools in our service area by 2020. Based on Stephen Covey’s The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, The Leader in Me is a school-wide process that transforms the culture of the school and instills students with the key, skills that businesses and educators have identified as vital for success in the 21st Century: Leadership, Accountability, Adaptability, Initiative & Self Direction, Cross-Cultural Skills, Responsibility, Problem-Solving, Communication, Creativity and Teamwork.

Schools using The Leader in Me integrate leadership development throughout their daily curriculum, activities, systems, and faculty/staff development. This creates an environment where everyone in the school – from students to teachers to administrators – is encouraged to set meaningful goals, using data to track progress toward achieving those goals. Data-tracking in and of itself is an essential application of mathematics and science, and it is integrated into daily student activity. Each student maintains his own data notebook, as a record of his own aspirations and achievements. The Leader in Me schools emphasize posing and solving problems, whether it is on the playground as part of a class team or solving math problems individually as presented in the lesson.

Thirty-five Acadiana schools are successfully implementing the program, benefiting more than 16,500 elementary and middle school students. The first-year successes show how this transformational program will potentially impact students and faculty long term. United Way of Acadiana's participating schools include: Martin Petitjean Elementary (Acadia), Central Rayne Kindergarten (Acadia), Ross Elementary (Acadia,) Carencro Heights Elementary (Lafayette), Milton Elementary (Lafayette), Woodvale Elementary (Lafayette), Ridge Elementary (Lafayette), Ernest Gallet Elementary (Lafayette), Youngsville Middle (Lafayette), Broussard Middle (Lafayette), Prairie Elementary (Lafayette), Westside Elementary (Lafayette), Duson Elementary (Lafayette), Acadian Middle (Lafayette), Paul Breaux Middle (Lafayette), Charles Burke Elementary (Lafayette), Evangeline Elementary (Lafayette), Holy Family Catholic School (Lafayette), St. Martinville Primary (St. Martin), Lafayette Middle (Lafayette) and Herod Elementary (Vermilion).

Also implementing The Leader in Me through other funding sources are Plantation Elementary (Lafayette), Judice Middle (Lafayette), J. Wallace James Elementary (Lafayette), Rayne Catholic (Acadia), Ossun Elementary (Lafayette), St. Pius Elementary (Lafayette), Iota Elementary (Acadia) and Scott Middle (Lafayette).

What kind of difference is the program making in local schools? Take a look:

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To learn more about The Leader in Me and how it's transforming schools in Acadiana, contact Stacy Romero at