A Leader in Me School can strive to become a Lighthouse school if they meet these Criteria to be a Lighthouse School. These criteria should be carefully examined. I’ve included them in summary below. Note that these criteria are not about how successful the program is at reducing behavioral problems at the school, or improving student performance. They focus instead on how deeply the Leader In Me program is embedded into the school and shared with its families, and the community. The requirement to share the program with other schools feels like a pyramid scheme.
Take a look at the published criteria, and think about whether a school that achieves Lighthouse status is focused on making kids successful, or on making FranklinCovey successful.
- Create a Lighthouse Team whose job is to ensure the program is embedded deeply into all aspects of the school, including teaching it to new staff and teachers
- Make sure the Leader In Me program is visible on bulletin boards in classrooms, and in hallways, even in the songs the kids sing.
- Make sure the Leader In Me language is used on a daily basis.
- Make sure all teachers and staff members (new staff members are explicitly mentioned) are implementing the Leader In Me program.
- Assign students the title of “leader”, have them plan events that support the leadership theme.
- Teach Parents about using The Leader In Me program at home
- Have an event to sell The Leader In Me program to other schools in the community.
- The school must show that it is tracking its progress, but this criterion does not require the school to show improvement, only to show that they’re tracking.
- This is the only criterion that asks the school to show improvement. But even here the wording is very soft:
“Choose indicators to measure, collect baseline data, and track
regularly to determine where and to what degree the leadership
model is bringing improvements (e.g., discipline referrals,
academic achievement, attendance and/or tardies, staff and/or
I’ve found many schools on the web that are bragging that they achieved “Lighthouse School” status (in this article they call it a prestigious designation). But based on the criteria above, what that really means is that they fully bought into the program. They’re being rewarded by The Covey Institute for helping sell The Leader In Me program. And The Covey Institute is getting more press for it.