By Nick Sestanovich
Eugene Padan Elementary School earned national recognition last week when Franklin Covey Co. named it as a Lighthouse School for its implementation of “The Leader in Me” program, the only school in Northern California to receive the honor.
“The Leader in Me” is a school transformation model developed in partnership with educators that aims to empower students with leadership and life skills needed to thrive in the 21st century, according to a news release by Franklin Covey.
The program starts from the premise that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader, a proposition shapes the views of staff to value and develop the whole child. It also integrates leadership developments into existing school programs and curricula, helps students learn how to become self-reliant, set and track goals, do homework, prioritize their time, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions and live a balanced life, among other things.