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Achieving Lighthouse Status

Hoover Elementary is one of three Tulsa Public Schools using the Leader in Me platform. A Leader in Me school is designed to develop students into life-ready leaders. 

The Leader in Me framework is continuously evolving and is different for each school using it — more details on how Hoover uses the platform can be found on the school's Leader in Me page

On June 3rd, Hoover received a call informing them they had officially earned the Lighthouse Milestone. 

The Lighthouse certification is an important benchmark in the Leader in Me process. Applications for this certification typically occur four to five years after a school starts the Leader in Me process.

The certification is evidence that Hoover has produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes while implementing the process with consistency and excellence. It is a result of the impact Hoover is having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community. 

The Lighthouse certification is hard to acquire but is worth the effort. 

"This was a multi-year process for us. We had to gather evidence and prepare it for review," said Morrie Picking, the Leader in Me program liaison at Hoover. "It was a lot of work but something we believe in strongly. It empowers students to make decisions about their education and learn to have a voice." 

Hoover has spent the last couple of years gathering and preparing evidence of the program's success. Two program representatives visited Hoover and spent an entire day observing the program. The representatives also reviewed Hoover's Leader in Me (LIM) portfolio before presenting their findings. 

According to the LIM website, a school must complete the following to achieve the Lighthouse Milestone:


  • The principal, school administration, and staff engage in ongoing learning and develop as leaders, while championing leadership for the school.
  • Leadership principles are effectively taught to all students through direct lessons, integrated approaches, and staff modeling. Students are able to think critically about and apply leadership principles.
  • Families and the school partner together in learning about the 7 Habits and leadership principles through effective communication and mutual respect.
  • The school community is able to see leadership in the physical environment, hear leadership through the common language of the 7 Habits, and feel leadership through a culture of caring, relationships, and affirmation.
  • Leadership is shared with students through a variety of leadership roles and student voice leads to innovations within the school.
  • Schoolwide, classroom, family and community leadership events provide authentic environments to celebrate leadership, build culture, and allow students to practice leadership skills.
  • The school utilizes The 4 Disciplines of Execution process to identify and track progress toward the high priority goals of the school, classroom, and staff members.
  • Students lead their own learning with the skills to assess their needs, set appropriate goals, and carry out action plans. They track progress toward goals in Leadership Notebooks and share these notebooks with adults in student-led conferences.
  • Teacher planning and reflection, trusting relationships, and student-led learning combine to create environments for highly engaged learning.

Hoover is very excited to receive this prestigious achievement and even more excited to build up future leaders. 

"We love the idea of students leading their day at Hoover and then taking that home and spreading it," said Morrie. 

This victory is one of many to come for the Hoover community. Congratulations and thank you to everyone involved in this process!