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Leader Valley

New Leader Valley Website


The Greater Cedar Valley Alliance & Chamber is pleased to announce the launch of This new resource features the Leader in Me initiative that is transforming leadership cultures in Cedar Valley schools.

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 initiative 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 initiative 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.

Click here to watch our new Leader in Me video – Leader Valley Style!


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.
Impact Report

The findings of this Impact Report reflect typical results reported in Leader in Me schools with regard to the acquisition and application of essential soft skills, improvements within the school culture of Leader in Me buildings, and academics.


View the Rally in the Valley video here.

Click here to view the 2014-2015 Leader Valley Task Force.

The Leader in Me® Symposium
April 22–24, 2015

Each year pioneering educators from across North America have the unique opportunity to gather at The Leader in Me Symposium Series to connect as a community of innovators, celebrate the advancements schools are making using The Leader in Me, and create new paths that will bring leadership and 21st-century skills to life for students.

To learn more, visit Registration opens September 2014. Or contact Melissa Reade, Leader Valley Director for more information at .

To view the event flyer, click here.

Watch the Symposium promo video here.

Cedar Falls Schools Waterloo
Cedar Valley Catholic Waverly
Lincoln Elementary Dr. Walter Cunningham
Blessed Maria Middle School NEW St. Paul's Lutheran School
North Cedar Elementary Fred Becker Elementary St. Edwards Elementary  
Orchard Hill Elementary Orange Elementary    
Southdale Elementary Hoover Middle School    
St. Patrick
Poyner Elementary    
  George Washington
Carvey Academy
  Kittrell Elementary    
  NEW Kingsley Elementary    
  NEW Lou Henry    

Leadership Event Opportunities

Leader in Me™ Symposium

Synergy Sessions

School Trainings

School/Community Events

Student Leaders in Action

Blessed Maria Middle School

Cunningham Elementary

Fred Becker Elementary

George Washington Carver Academy

Hoover Middle School

Kittrell Elementary

North Cedar

Orange Elementary

Orchard Hill

Poyner Elementary


Our Supporters

Other Media


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 2019-2020 and Beyond


Projected Leader Valley Teachers Impacted by 2019-2020 and Beyond

Leader in Me website:

Leader in Me overview (PDF)

Leader in Me 3 Part Webinar

Leader in Me: Promising Results (PDF)

Leader In Me Impact Report (PDF)




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Leader in Me Symposium

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