An appreciative inquiry of The Leader in Me : understanding implementation experiences and program impacts via the perspectives of students, teachers, and administrators

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Gena S. Crews (Creator)
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
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Katherine Mansfield

Abstract: The purpose of this study was to examine and understand the implementation experiences and program impacts of The Leader in Me (LIM) via the perspectives of the students, staff, and administrators at RAE Elementary School. Many teachers believe they could be more effective in the classroom if not for having to deal with classroom disruptions due to student discipline issues. Due to the increased rate of discipline referrals in schools and the social and emotional concerns of many students, schools are looking to programs developed to meet the needs of today’s students. My study examined the nature of The Leader in Me, staff and students’ perceptions of their implementation experiences, and the impact of The Leader in Me on student leadership and discipline. This appreciative inquiry focused on the perceptions of the staff and students at RAE Elementary School. I conducted virtual interviews with 6 teachers (2 Encore, 2 K-2, and 2 3-5), and the school’s principal. I also conducted a student focus group with 7 5th grade students who had attended RAE since Kindergarten. My goal was to learn how the LIM was implemented at RAE and how stakeholders felt about the effects of the program in order to learn the positives and negatives to better inform continued planning for sustainability as well as to provide support for other schools. The findings indicated several key recommendations for RAE including: the need for a deeper dive into content, workshops for parents, more real life application for students, and more school-wide leadership opportunities for students. For schools considering implementation I would recommend that the staff research the program thoroughly to ensure it is a proper fit for their school. Schools should also have a well-defined plan for implementation. RAE Elementary School should continue to work toward sustainability of the program. The school has experienced success in implementation to this point. With continued attention and pulse checks, it is my belief the program will continue to be a success.

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Language: English
Date: 2022
Elementary Education, Leader in Me, Leadership, School-wide, Social and Emotional Learning
Leadership $x Study and teaching (Elementary)
Leader in Me (Program
Leadership in children
School discipline

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