All Valley Life spend 4 days in training for the 7 Habits and how to implement these traits within our school and lives. 

The Leader in Me is a K-12 whole-school improvement model that impact the leadership, culture, and academics of the school. Social-emotional Learning (SEL) provides the foundation for students successful in life (Durlak, Weissberg, Taylor, & Schellinger, 2011). For more information on the research behind The Leader in Me, click here


The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

The Leader in Me process also helps to create a common language within a school, built on proven principle-based leadership skills found in   Dr. Stephen R. Covey’s best-selling book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People:

  • Habit 1: Be Proactive® • You're in Charge

  • Habit 2: Begin With the End in Mind® • Have a Plan

  • Habit 3: Put First Things First® • Work First, Then Play

  • Habit 4: Think Win-Win® • Everyone Can Win

  • Habit 5: Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood® • Listen Before You Talk

  • Habit 6: Synergize® • Together Is Better

  • Habit 7: Sharpen the Saw® • Balance Feels Best

Lighthouse Certification

In 2011, there were 22 Lighthouse Schools in the world -  Valley Life became the 34th Lighthouse school in 2015.  August 2018 - there are 413 Lighthouse Schools. 

Lighthouse certification:  Within the education industry, it is common for schools to receive recognition for outstanding achievement. The Lighthouse Certification is a highly-regarded standard set by FranklinCovey.  The certification is evidence that schools have produced outstanding results in school and student outcomes, by implementing the process with fidelity and excellence. It is also because of the extraordinary impact that the schools may be having on staff, students, parents, and the greater community.


Durlak, J. A., Weissberg, R. P., Dymnicki, A. B., Taylor, R. D., & Schellinger, K. B. (2011). The impact of enhancing students’ social and emotional learning: A meta‐analysis of school‐based universal interventions. Child development82(1), 405-432.