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Developing Cedar Valley Leaders of Tomorrow...Today!

The Leader Valley Talent Initiative is an effort to make the Cedar Valley a better place for students to excel and become well prepared for citizenship and their future careers. We feel this is achieved through high levels of community collaboration.  Through Leader Valley, strong partnerships amongst Cedar Valley businesses, school district administrators and school boards, parents, and the community are being built.


The Purpose

  • To make the Cedar Valley the best place for families to raise their children and for our children to excel.
  • To assist educators in developing the essential life skills and characteristics to better motivate students to thrive in the 21st century.


The Leader In Me is a program offered through Leader Valley which incorporates leadership lessons into Cedar Valley school’s curriculum and everyday language. With reference to Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, this program teaches students about life skills, self-confidence, and accountability and also engages parents in the lessons.

Leader in Me Promotional Video

Click here to watch the video to learn more about Leader in Me and the initiative's impact on our students and community.


To train school level educational staff on the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and have them  embed those habits into their school culture and classroom lessons so the student learns life lessons of the 7 habits at the same time as learning the normal school curriculum.

  • Teaches educators and students timeless principles that transcend social-economic groups, race and religion so they have the life skills and self-confidence to succeed as leaders in the 21st century. (the missing link)
  • Re-energizes teachers by integrating 7 Habits principles into the daily curriculum
  • Raises levels of accountability and engagement among staff, parents as well as the students.
  • Improves academic achievement scores.
  • Decreases discipline referrals.
  • Facilitate strong working partnerships between Cedar Valley business, our educators within each school district, parents and students in the communities Leader Valley is organized.

View the Rally in the Valley video here.

Click here to view the 2013 Leader Valley Task Force.

Leader In Me Schools


Cedar Falls Schools Waterloo Schools Cedar Valley Catholic
Lincoln Elementary Dr. Walter Cunningham
Blessed Maria Middle School
North Cedar Elementary Fred Becker Elementary NEW St. Edwards Elementary
Orchard Hill Elementary Orange Elementary  
Southdale Elementary Hoover Middle School  
  NEW Poyner Elementary  
  NEW George Washington
Carvey Academy
  NEW Kittrell Elementary  





Leader Valley Events

Leadership Event Opportunities

April 8: Becker Leadership Event (5:30-7:00pm)
April 10: Blessed Maria Leadership Event (4:00-6:00pm)
April 15: Southdale Family Leadership Night (5:00-7:30pm)
April 22: North Cedar Leadership Day (1:00-3:15pm)
April 25: Lincoln Leadership Event (1:45-3:00pm)
April 29: Orange Leadership Event (5:30-7:00pm)
May 1: Hoover Leadership Day (8:00-9:00 registration; 9:00-11:00am)

If you plan to attend any of these events, please RSVP to Melissa Reade at or (319) 232-1156.

Leader in Me™ Symposium

Febuary 24-26 St. Louis Leader in Me™ Symposium

Synergy Sessions

April 29: (TBA)

School Trainings

February 19: Hoover Achieving School-wide Goals (tentative)
March 4: Becker Achieving School-wide Goals

School/Community Events

March 13: Good Morning Cedar Valley at Southdale Elementary
April 1: Strictly Business Expo- Leader Valley Booth/ Students
April 24: Waterloo Schools Foundation Breakfast
April 26: UNI/HCC 7Habits/LIM for Pre-service Teachers
May 12: PEO Speaking Engagement

Cedar Valley Schools Leader in Me Websites & Video Links

Student Leaders in Action

Cunningham Elementary

Fred Becker Elementary

George Washington Carver Academy

Kittrell Elementary

North Cedar

Orange Elementary

Orchard Hill


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In the Works

Be Proactive (Habit 1)

Leader Valley Council

The first step in formalizing the Leader Valley Council is to establish the Leader in Me (LIM) Taskforce. The Leader in Me Taskforce will fall under the Leader Valley Council umbrella, as will any other initiatives that are championed. We are in the recruitment stages with the first meeting taking place yet this summer. The purpose of the LIM Taskforce will be advisory in nature and to provide direction related to LIM priorities (e.g., program development, communications/visibility, program evaluation).

Beginning with the End in Mind (Habit 2)

Leader Valley Priorities

We are continuing to refine the Leader Valley priorities. Related to Leader in Me, the priorities include: (1) program development—both improving and expanding our Leader in Me schools in the Cedar Valley, (2) solidifying school district commitment, and (3) program evaluation. Priorities related to Leader Valley center on: (1) executing a communications/visibility plan, and (2) formalizing the Leader Valley Council.

Put First Things First (Habit 3)

School Training Opportunities

From May through September, Leader Valley will be sponsoring 21 different trainings for school teams participating in the Leader in Me process during the 2013-2014 school year. 

Think Win-Win (Habit 4)

7 Habits Training for Graduate Credit

A 7 Habits Signature Training will be taught by HCC and UNI faculty for 80+ Leader Valley teachers! Not only will teachers be investing in their own personal 7 Habits journey, they will be earning 2 graduate credits through UNI’s Continuing Education Department.

Seek First to Understand, Then Be Understood (Habit 5)


It’s an exciting time with Leader Valley and the momentum is building. You may have noticed more press on Leader in Me and Leader Valley. For a complete listing and access to recent press-related communications, please visit the Leader Valley webpage at

Synergize (Habit 6)

Higher Ed Collaboration

Synergy at its best between the two higher education institutions! On April 20, 75 pre-service teachers from both UNI and HCC attended a 7 Habits introductory session. Taught by UNI and HCC faculty, college students were introduced to the world of Covey’s 7 Habits for college students and Leader in Me!  A highlight of the event was having young North Cedar and Blessed Maria Middle School leaders present to the college students.

Sharpening the Saw (Habit 7)

Cunningham Leadership Day

Dr. Walter Cunningham School of Excellence held a dynamic leadership day on May 1. In attendance were 115 business, community, and civic leaders from the Cedar Valley and around the Midwest!  It was a powerful expression of leadership on the part of these young Cunningham leaders!

Leader In Me Impact: By the Numbers


Current Leader in Me Schools (implementing or committed)


Current Leader Valley Districts/Systems


Current Higher Ed Institutions Partnering - UNI/HCC


7 Habits Workshops offered by UNI/HCC


Current UNI/HCC Student Teachers Trained


Current Leader Valley K-12 students Impacted


Current Leader Valley K-12 Educators Impacted


Target School Year for all 36 Cedar Valley Schools and 10+ Rural Schools Implementing


Projected Leader Valley Students Impacted by 2016-2017 and Beyond


Projected Leader Valley Teachers Impacted by 2016-2017 and Beyond

Leader In Me Resources

Leader in Me website:

Leader in Me overview (PDF)

Leader in Me 3 Part Webinar

Leader in Me: Promising Results (PDF)

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