Franklin Covey Co. announced last week that Keys Elementary School has been named as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School.

This recognition comes because the school has achieved outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing The Leader in Me process with fidelity. It is also because of the impact the school is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.

"We are thrilled to recognize Keys Elementary as a Leader in Me Lighthouse School. Schools who achieve the Lighthouse Milestone are great examples of a strong leadership model, process, and of what it means to be a Leader in Me school.

This school has experienced transformational results by implementing the principles and practices related to The Leader in Me. We are so pleased to celebrate the success they are experiencing," said Sean Covey, Franklin Covey Education president.

Tami Woods, principal of Keys Elementary, said school administrators, staff and students are honored.

"We have seen amazing results from implementing The Leader in Me process at our school, and we expect to see even greater results over time. While The Leader in Me is not designed specifically as an academic program, our school has found that goal-setting and data-tracking processes have helped to clarify academic priorities and encourage students to take greater ownership over their education, all of which impact academic progress," said Woods. "I am proud of our staff for putting in the effort. We are working hard to impact our community in a positive way and to grow leaders' one student at a time."

Keys teachers and administration began the Leader in Me process five years ago. There are currently two schools in the state of Oklahoma that have been recognized as achieving lighthouse status. Keys School is now the third. The Leader in Me is Franklin Covey's whole school transformation process. It teaches 21st-century leadership and life skills to K-12 students and creates a culture of student empowerment, based on the idea that every child has strengths, and can be a leader.

The Leader in Me framework helps students learn how to become self-reliant; manage their emotions; set and track goals; do their homework; prioritize their time; increase interpersonal skills, such as resolve conflicts and interact well with others; as well as help them develop the skills and self-confidence to lead their lives and succeed.