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      Leader in Me



        109 is a Leader in Me district. Leader in Me is a whole-school transformation model and process developed in partnership with educators that empowers students with the leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on principles and practices of personal, interpersonal and organizational effectiveness, and upon the powerful premise that every child possesses unique strengths and has the ability to be a leader. Leader in Me helps students learn how to become self-reliant, take initiative, plan ahead, set and track goals, do their homework, prioritize their time, manage their emotions, be considerate of others, express their viewpoint persuasively, resolve conflicts, find creative solutions, value differences, and live a balanced life. The process helps students develop the skills and self-confidence they need to lead their lives and succeed in school and beyond.

        Leader in Me (LIM) has been recognized by the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL) as a SELect program. This recognition supports The Leader in Me as an evidence-based social-emotional learning program. TLIM was developed with educators and seeks to give students the self-leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. It is based on five key paradigms. 


      K-5 SEL

      • Leader in Me perpetuates a “whole-child” mindset with a belief that all students have genius and everyone can be a leader. Leader in Me provides elementary schools with a model and process that addresses common challenges that are unique to students during these formative years. 

        All teachers and staff are trained to create a learning environment that addresses the whole-child through the five (5) Core Paradigms and the following habits, adapted for students from the Best Selling book by Stephen Covey - 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

        The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People are:

        • Habit 1: Be Proactive (You’re in Charge)
        • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind (Have a Plan)
        • Habit 3: Put First Things First (Work First, Then Play)
        • Habit 4: Think Win-Win (Everyone Can Win)
        • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood (Listen Before You Talk)
        • Habit 6: Synergize (Together Is Better)
        • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw (Balance Feels Best)

        Over the course of the school year, students are exposed to up to 40 lessons that are dedicated to these principles. 


      6-8 SEL

      • As students mature and move into the middle school, we work to create a social-emotional environment that helps every student build confidence and discover their true potential. Our middle schools have an extended homeroom schedule, which allows for lessons to be taught each Wednesday for 30 minutes. Over the course of the school year, students are exposed to up to 40 lessons on social-emotional learning and intelligence. 

        Leader in Me Schools establishes a culture of social-emotional well being that helps every student build self-confidence and discover their true potential while pursuing academic excellence. We are continuously in the process of developing these skills and characteristics in our students, as shown below:

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      Classroom Supports

      Erin's Law

      • Erin's Law

        Erin’s Law ensures that public schools implement child-focused sexual abuse prevention education.  District 109 has partnered with Victor Pacini to provide our students age-appropriate information about how to recognize child sexual abuse and tell a trusted adult.  Read more about Erin’s Law here and Victor Pacini here.

      Elyssa's Mission

      • Elyssa's Mission

        District 109 has collaborated with Elyssa’s Mission, which is an organization founded to help prevent teen suicide.  Our partnership is in an effort to educate our 109 middle school students about the signs and symptoms associated with depression and suicide.  Our clinical staff provides presentations to our students based on the signs of suicide curriculum by Mind Wise, provided by Elyssa’s Mission.  To learn more, please visit the Elyssa's Mission Website.