Leader in Me

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Program description

Leader In Me, offered by Franklin Covey Education, provides lesson-based and teaching practices approaches to SEL. It includes programming for grades K-6 and demonstrates evidence of effectiveness at grades K-5. Translated materials for Leader In Me are available in Spanish, Portuguese, Korean, Dutch, Japanese, German, Czech, Icelandic, Thai, Khmer, Vietnamese, Hungarian, and Mandarin.

Strategies supporting educational equity

Leader In Me offers strategies for working with bias and youth action projects. This includes training offerings that help educators grow their ability to identify and reduce bias in order to create equitable learning environments. Additionally, students are empowered to develop, initiate, and direct service-learning projects to address needs in their school and local communities.

      • SEL lessons
      • Instructional practices
      • Relationship building
      • Positive classroom management
      • SEL generalization
      • Shared agreements
      • Student voice
      • Systemic support for SEL
      • Adult SEL
      • Group structures
      • Student Voice
      • Service-learning
      • Community partnerships
      • Community volunteer activities
      • School Involvement
    • Onsite in-person training
    • Virtual training
    • Offsite training
    • Train the trainer model
    • Administrator support
    • Coaching
    • Technical assistance
    • Professional Learning Communities (PLCs)
    • Online resource library
    • Self-report tools for monitoring implementation
    • Observational tools
    • Tools for measuring student success

Evidence of effectiveness

Results from a quasi-experimental (QE) study conducted from 2009 to 2015 support (unpublished report written in 2018) the effectiveness of the Leader in Me curriculum for elementary students. The evaluation included students in grades K -5 (Hispanic/Latinx = 30%, Black/African American = 16%, students eligible for FRPL = 65%) from 154 schools in urban, suburban, and rural parts in a Southeastern state . The evaluation found a school-level reduction in conduct behaviors in schools participating in the Leader in Me program compared to control schools (outcomes reported as a cross section approximately 6 years after baseline while controlling for outcome pretest).

  • Evidence shown in grades
    K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
    School characteristics
      • Rural
      • Urban
      • Suburban
      • Southeast
    Student characteristics
    • Black / African American
    • Hispanic / Latinx
    • Low income
    Percentage Low Income
    • Percentage of students eligible for free or reduced price lunch: 65%
    Study design type
    • RCT
    Greater than 350 students included in study design type
    • Yes
    Multiple school districts included at study design type
    • Yes
    • Improved academic performance
    • Reduced emotional distress
    • Improved identity development and agency
    • Reduced problem behaviors
    • Improved school climate
    • Improved school connectedness
    • Improved social behaviors
    • Improved teaching practices
    • Improved other SEL skills and attitudes

How does Leader in Me support SEL implementation across multiple settings?

“Leader in Me acts as an inside-out system, building the SEL capacity of the adults in the school as the foundation. This systematic approach to SEL practices includes outreach to families and the community as essential parts of the learning partnership. Students grow their sense of purpose and potential through service learning in their schools and communities.”

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  • Accepted by CASEL
  • Schilling, S. (2018). A Quasi-Experimental Study of the Effect of the Leader in Me School Intervention on Discipline Incidents in Florida Schools. Unpublished manuscript.

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