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The Leader in Me Process Endorsed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) as an Effective Social-Emotional Learning Program

After Extensive Review, Leader in Me Designated as a CASEL SELect Program, Meeting CASEL’s High-Quality and Evidence-Based Standards

SALT LAKE CITY--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jun. 21, 2018-- FranklinCovey Education today announced that after an extensive review, its Leader in Me model and process has been endorsed by the Collaborative for Academic, Social Emotional Learning (CASEL) as a “CASEL SELect” program. This designation is given to effective Social-Emotional Learning Programs which have met CASEL’s high-quality and evidence-based standards.

CASEL is the leading authority in the advancement of social emotional learning (SEL) in education. CASEL’s focus on empirical evidence and extensive collaborative efforts has made it the trusted source for educational administrators and policy makers seeking guidance on how to effectively advance social emotional learning (SEL) in their PreK-12 students.

Social and emotional learning is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions. These skills are foundational to a successful life and career. When applied in educational settings, social emotional learning strengthens the development of vital skills, such as responsibility, resilience, focus, goal-setting, prioritization, empathy, communication, collaboration and motivation.

“We are thrilled that Leader in Me has received this prestigious designation as an evidence-based, CASEL SELect program,” said Sean Covey, FranklinCovey Education President. “During the CASEL review process, we had the opportunity to show evidence of how the training, practices, and core content in Leader in Me promote and advance the teaching and development of social and emotional skills across all five CASEL settings, including classroom, school, family, community and general. This designation as a CASEL SELect program clearly demonstrates the impact of the Leader in Me approach and close alignment to social emotional learning.”

CASEL has identified 22 strategies that have been found to promote and advance the teaching and development of social emotional skills. The 22 strategies are broad and comprehensive, so as to cover many types of SEL programs and approaches, with no expectation that a single program or approach will have specific training or materials to meet all of the strategies. The Leader in Me process was recognized as utilizing 19 of the 22 CASEL-identified strategies.

CASEL’s review of the Leader in Me can now be found among their SELect Elementary Programs online and will be listed in the CASEL Program Guide: Preschool and Elementary Edition, which is due out later this year. These both provide a systematic framework for school districts to evaluate the quality of social and emotional programs, and applies the framework to identify and rate well-designed, evidence-based SEL programs with potential for broad dissemination to schools across the United States. As a CASEL SELect program, Leader in Me meets the following criteria:

  • A well-designed program that provides schools with a systematic classroom-based model, promoting the development of a student’s social and emotional competence across multiple years
  • Offers high-quality professional development and implementation support that ensure the school is equipped to effectively implement the program
  • One or more carefully conducted research evaluations of program impacts has been conducted and documents positive impacts on student behavior and/or academic performance

Leader in Me is a K-12 whole-school improvement model and process — developed in partnership with a global community of educators — that empowers students with the social and emotional, leadership and life skills they need to thrive in the 21st century. The evidence-based process 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.

Leader in Me utilizes and integrates several leadership, social-emotional learning, quality, and educational models and processes from past and current thought leaders, including The 4 Essential Roles of Leadership and The 4 Disciplines of Execution. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People is also a key component of the overall Leader in Me process, and is a synthesis of universal, timeless principles of personal, interpersonal and organizational effectiveness, such as responsibility, vision, integrity, teamwork, collaboration and renewal.

Leader in Me aligns with CASEL’s five core social-emotional learning competencies on a student level, which are: self-awareness, self-management, social awareness and relationship skills. Learn how the models emphasize the need for students to develop regulation and management of self to cultivate skills which foster successful relationships with others.

As students develop SEL competencies, which align with the 7 Habits, their ability to apply the habits in their academic pursuits, as well as other areas of their lives, expands. When paired with an empowering school environment (physical and emotional), student voice and choice, and student-led learning — all of which are part of the Leader in Me framework — leadership competencies transfer into lifelong skills for success.

An extensive body of rigorous research, including randomized control trials, longitudinal follow-ups and multiple replications, demonstrates that education that promotes social and emotional learning gets better results, and that teachers in all academic areas can effectively teach SEL. The findings come from multiple fields and sources that include student achievement, neuroscience, health, employment, psychology, classroom management, learning theory, economics and the prevention of youth problem behaviors.

Social and emotional learning programs, which previously have shown immediate improvements in mental health, social skills and academic achievement, continue to benefit students for months and even years to come, according to a 2017 meta-analysis from CASEL, the University of Illinois at Chicago, Loyola University and the University of British Columbia.

Up to 18 years later, students exposed to SEL in school continue to do better than their peers on a number of indicators: positive social behaviors and attitudes, skills such as empathy and teamwork, and academics. And they have fewer conduct problems, less emotional distress and lower drug use, among many other benefits. The analysis looked at 82 research studies involving about 100,000 students in the U.S. and abroad. Learn more.

The Leader in Me process has been adopted by nearly 4,000 public, private and charter schools in more than 50 countries. It is having a significant, measurable impact on schools all over the world, and in the lives of millions of students, parents, teachers and administrators, as is evidenced by findings resulting from initial evaluation studies conducted by third-party research organizations and leading academic institutions.

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For nearly three decades, FranklinCovey Education has been one of the world’s most prominent and trusted providers of educational leadership programs and transformational processes. FranklinCovey’s programs, books and content have been utilized by thousands of public and private primary, secondary and post-secondary schools and institutions, including educational service centers and vocational schools in all 50 states within the United States and in over 150 countries.


Franklin Covey Co. (NYSE: FC) is a global, public company (NYSE:FC) specializing in performance improvement. We help organizations and individuals achieve results that require a change in human behavior. Our expertise is in seven areas: leadership, execution, productivity, trust, sales performance, customer loyalty and education. FranklinCovey clients have included 90 percent of the Fortune 100, more than 75 percent of the Fortune 500, thousands of small and mid-sized businesses, as well as numerous government entities and educational institutions. FranklinCovey has more than 100 direct and partner offices providing professional services in over 150 countries and territories.

Source: FranklinCovey Education

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