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Dec 16, 2012 (4 years and 8 months ago)

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AGENDA:

I.
What is Character? Why does it matter to my
school or program?

II.
How can Character Education help?

III.
Vista High School Model

IV.
Implementation: How do we do this?

V.
Creating an action plan

VI.
Question/Answer session





OBJECTIVES
:

*Identify why Character matters to your school or
program.

*Leave with an action plan for Character
integration into your program.





SOURCES:

*Character Counts/Josephson Institute of Ethics

*Dr. Thomas
Lickona

*Dr. David Brooks


The
function of education is to teach
one to think intensively and to think
critically. Intelligence plus character
-

that is the goal of true education.


--
Martin
Luther King, Jr.




WHAT IS CHARACTER?

What a person is like on the inside, how
he/she responds to life.

Good character refers to positive, admirable
ethical traits (i.e. respect, trustworthiness,
caring, etc.)

Everyone has character, but not everyone has
good character.

(Mother Teresa vs. Hitler)




Character is our profile of habits
and virtues, our habitual way of
behaving and responding to life.



“Character is Power!”



-
Booker T. Washington



CHARACTER AND
REPUTATION

Our reputation is what other
people
think

we are.

Our character is what we
really

are.

WHAT DOES GOOD CHARACTER
LOOK LIKE?

True character is shown by:

Our normal and consistent attitudes and
behavior

How we treat people who can’t help or hurt us


CHARACTER IS REVEALED BY HOW YOU
BEHAVE WHEN YOU THINK NO ONE’S
LOOKING!

WHY IS CHARACTER AN ISSUE FOR
YOUR PROGRAM OR SCHOOL?????


What is the problem at schools today???

TEENS AND ETHICS TODAY (FROM THE
JOSEPHSON INSTITUTE’S 2008 NATIONAL ETHICS
SURVEY

30 percent overall


admitted stealing from a store within the past year
.

More than two of five (42 percent) said that they sometimes lie to save
money
.


A substantial majority (64 percent) cheated on a test during the past year
(38 percent did so two or more times), up from 60 percent and 35
percent, respectively, in 2006
.

Despite these high levels of dishonesty,

93 percent said they were satisfied
with their personal ethics and character and 77 percent said that when
it comes to doing what is right, I am better than most people I know.

HOW CAN CHARACTER
EDUCATION HELP???

*Help create a safe, caring, and inclusive learning environment.

*Supports academic development.

*Fosters qualities that enable students to be successful as citizens, in the workplace,
in relationships, and with academic curriculum.

*The common denominator that helps students be successful in all school
-
wide
goals.

*Character Education is not an “extra” on your plate. It IS the plate!

At all levels, students who have
experienced quality character education
outperform comparison groups, not only
on measures of social behavior, but also
on measures of academic performance.

-
Journal of Research in Character
Education (2003)

“The goal in life is to make the
effort to do the best you are
capable of doing

in marriage,
at your job, in your community,
for your country.”

-
John Wooden

COMMON LANGUAGE IS CRITICAL!

Six Pillars of Character from Character
Counts!

*Trustworthiness

*Respect

*Responsibility

*Fairness

*Caring

*Citizenship

Non
-
controversial, agreeable across
religious, political, cultural, socio
-
economic lines.


SIX PILLARS OF CHARACTER
POSTER WALK

What you want to see more of in your
program/on your campus??? Also, see Pg. 82.

VISTA HIGH SCHOOL MODEL:


1) Infuse Character throughout the campus
community
:

Comprehensive and passionate integration.

Staff must walk the walk of good character

Based on developing relationships

“Change Yourself, Change the World!”

Self
-
empowerment: recognizing your potential to make positive change (starfish story)

Administration (District and site)

Teachers

Students

Parents (PTSA)

Classified (Custodians, aides, secretaries, cafeteria staff, security, etc.)

After
-
school program

Sports

Arts

Campus news (KVHS)


CHARACTER LEADERS CLASS

Partial list of activities:

Character practice:

Self
-
reflection journals

Gratitude Journals, Random Acts of Kindness,

Consistent opportunities to serve

Senior Center visits, mentoring with

MS/Elem Schools, Severely disabled students,

Welcoming new students, invisible students.

Read autobiographies/books that inspire.

Conflict resolution skills

Anti
-
bullying activities (Safe School Ambassadors)

School recycling program, EMM, KVHS, etc.

Tutoring/mentoring ELD and Special Ed. Students/

9/11 memorial

Holiday adoption of military family

Humane Society Drive

Canned Food Drive

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Campaign



IN SEARCH OF CHARACTER
VIDEO SERIES ON
KVHS

2) BE VISIBLE!


Signage (every room, quad, marquee, KVHS, website, positive panther cards, shirts,
referrals, etc.).

3) SEAMLESS INTEGRATION INTO
CAMPUS/CURRICULUM


*Character IS the plate, not an add
-
on.

English (character analysis, character quick
-
writes, ethical essay contest, etc.)

Social Science (analyze historical events through character filter, human rights, etc.)

Science (ethical decision making framework for science, cloning, genetic engineering
debate, etc.)

Math (word problems that involve character, fudging numbers and its implication, etc.)

Art (character murals, Character
-
themed projects, service opportunities).

Music (multi
-
cultural music, performance at charity events, for senior citizens, etc.)

Drama (Tolerance/character themed plays)

After
-
school program (see following)

Sports/PE (Good sportsmanship, Pursuing Victory With Honor program).

ROP Technology (CC poster contest, “Caught With Character” cell phone photo contest.

SCHOOL
-
WIDE RECYCLING PROGRAM/CLEAN
CAMPUS CREW.

4) HIGHLIGHT
R
OLE MODELS/HEROES

On and off campus

Adults must walk the walk of good character

Essential to develop relationships with students built on trust and caring

Community

Historical/current day (e.g. Martin Luther King, Jr. , Mother Teresa, Mahatma Gandhi,
Cesar Chavez, Abraham Lincoln, Bono, Oprah, Jane
Goodall
, etc.)


“If you can't feed a hundred
people, then just feed one
.”

-
Mother Teresa


You
see, idealism detached from action is just a dream.
But idealism allied with pragmatism, with rolling up
your sleeves and making the world bend a bit, is very
exciting. It's very real. It's very strong.

-
Bono


“Our language is the reflection of ourselves. A language is an exact
reflection of the character and growth of its speakers
.”

-
Cesar Chavez

“You must be the change you wish to see
in the world!”

Mohandes

Gandhi

5) GIVE STUDENTS MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO
DO GOOD,
PRACTICE

GOOD CHARACTER

Service Learning critical for this “service generation.”

Connect students to areas of need/issues they are passionate about (key to longevity)

Make service, on and off campus, the norm

In and off campus, on and off the court/field of sports

CALIFORNIA COASTAL CLEAN
-
UP

CAMPUS HUMANE SOCIETY DRIVE: VIDEO
PROMO

AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY RELAY FOR LIFE

SERVICE LEARNING FAIR: INTERNSHIP WITH
CATHOLIC CHARITIES

SERVICE LEARNING FAIR: VOLUNTEER AT
HOSPITALS, VISITING SENIORS AND ILL
CHILDREN

SPAY
-
NEUTER ACTION PROJECT

WORLD AIDS DAY

6) SUPPORT TOLERANCE, DIVERSITY BASED
ON RESPECT


Breaking Down the Walls

Safe School Ambassadors

TKF Anti
-
Violence/Anti
-
gang Assembly

Holocaust survivor presentation

Multi
-
Cultural dance/music Assembly

Healthy choices Assembly

BREAKING DOWN THE WALLS WEEK

ROPES COURSE TEAM BUILDING

MIX IT UP DAY

YELLOW RIBBON YOUTH SUICIDE PREVENTION
PROGRAM

7) DEVELOP COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS

District/Community PLC (City, YMCA, non
-
profit groups, other schools, health groups,
service organizations, etc.)

Internships

Volunteer opportunities

Donations for prizes, advertisement, etc.

WALK FOR VISTA’S WINTER SHELTER

NORTH COUNTY CANINE COMPANIONS

8) REWARD AND RECOGNIZE GOOD
CHARACTER

Panther of the Month Good Character Awards

Pursuing Victory With Honor Good Sportsmanship Award

Student of the Year Awards

KVHS

Positive Panther cards

Pop Tart Patrol

Character Bucks

STUDENT OF THE YEAR AWARDS: REWARDING
GOOD CHARACTER

PURSUING VICTORY WITH HONOR GOOD
SPORTSMANSHIP AWARD

IMPLEMENTATION: HOW DO WE
DO THIS???

1)
Putting your team together

2)
Needs assessment/school climate

3)
Training/consultation/resources

4)
Creating a vision/plan for your school/touchstone

5)
Involving ALL school stakeholders (gentle start
-
no
pressure). Create buy
-
in.

6)
Lesson integration (seamless
)

7)
Evaluating program

8)
Maintenance/accelerating momentum




TEACHING GOOD CHARACTER

Good character education must be direct and explicit. What you
allow you condone.

School staff must model character

have actions match words.

Based on trusting, caring relationships.

Staff must see their students’ character development as their
professional responsibility.

Must engage students on how things ought to be, as opposed to
how they are.

Connect students to service, helping them grow empathy by getting
involved in the world.

Expect high ethical standards in your classroom.

Provides students opportunities to practice good character (service,
etc.)

Model and teach students how to make ethical decisions.

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

What do you already have in place that is a natural fit for
Character Education?

What can you add to your program that supports
character development?

Service clubs

AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS

Jewelry making (sell, donate profits) Haiti Houses

EMM

Creative writing (cards, letters to seniors, etc.)

Cooking (donations to homeless shelter, bake sale for a non
-
profit)

SLP group

Recycling group

Mentoring

Tutoring

Visit Senior Center

Clean Campus Crew






BREAK
-
OUT
SESSION
:
C
REATING
AN ACTION PLAN


Develop a working plan to integrate character into your
school/class/program:

Who needs to be on your team?

What is your vision?

How can your specific program integrate character?

Which pillars of character fit best into your program?

What is your touchstone/motto for character on campus?

Break into like groups (teachers by school or subject, admin, after
school program coordinators, coaches, etc. See
Pg’s

95, 127
-
129. Report back with preliminary action plan.




QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS



CONTACT ME:

DAVID
HANLON

DHANLONJR3@COX.NET