6 Clear Creek ISD schools adopt The Leader in Me social skills-enhancing program

From left to right, fifth graders Camila Garza, Gavin Slaydent, Kaelynn Hester, Andrew Self and Carly Valdivia demonstrate their leadership by sharing information on the history and renovation of Stewart Elementary School with visitors from the community.

From left to right, fifth graders Camila Garza, Gavin Slaydent, Kaelynn Hester, Andrew Self and Carly Valdivia demonstrate their leadership by sharing information on the history and renovation of Stewart Elementary School with visitors from the community.

Six Clear Creek ISD schools this year have adopted The Leader in Me, expanding the ever-growing list of CCISD campuses that use the social skills-enhancing program.

Starting this school year, Brookwood Elementary, Campbell Elementary, Landolt Elementary, Stewart Elementary, Clear Lake Intermediate and Clear View High School all began implementing the program with the goal of turning students into life-ready leaders, according to a press release.

During the 2016-17 school year, Clear Creek ISD committed to bringing The Leader In Me program to schools. The program, which is grounded in Stephen Covey’s seven habits of highly effective people, began at Falcon Pass Elementary School to "create a culture of empowerment for students, staff and community through character development, academic goal setting and leadership," the release reads.

“Our goal is to grow strong, well-rounded citizens able to lead and contribute to their communities,” Holly Hughes, assistant superintendent of elementary education, said in the release. “The Leader In Me creates tangible pathways for that success.”

In the 2017-18 school year, Armand Bayou Elementary School adopted the program, and during the 2018-19 school year, Bay Elementary, McWhirter Elementary, Whitcomb Elementary and Space Center Intermediate all implemented The Leader in Me.



At the end of last school year, Falcon Pass Elementary achieved Lighthouse Certification, which designates the school that produced outstanding student outcomes through the program. The certification typically occurs four to five years into program implementation, but Falcon Pass earned the designation after only three, according to the release.

Houston Methodist Clear Lake Hospital pledged $500,000 in October 2018 to expand the program to more campuses. Brookwood Elementary, Campbell Elementary, Landolt Elementary, Clear Lake Intermediate and Clear View High are all beneficiaries of the hospital's donation. The cities of Kemah and Clear Lake Shores are supporting the program at Stewart Elementary, according to the release.

The Clear Creek Education Fund and local PTA organizations invested in the launch of the program at Falcon Pass and Armand Bayou elementary schools.

“We are immensely fortunate to be building relationships with education-focused community partners who are helping fund this implementation,” Clear View High School Principal Monica Speaks said in the release. “Their belief in and backing of what we are doing is developing one future leader at a time."
By Jake Magee
Jake Magee has been a print journalist for several years, covering numerous beats including city government, education, business and more. Starting off at a daily newspaper in southern Wisconsin, Magee covered two small cities before being promoted to covering city government in the heart of newspaper's coverage area. He moved to Houston in mid-2018 to be the editor for and launch the Bay Area edition of Community Impact Newspaper.

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