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The Mission of The Virtues ProjectTM is to provide empowering strategies that inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life through programs of excellence and simplicity which support people of all …

The Mission of The Virtues ProjectTM is to provide empowering strategies that inspire the practice of virtues in everyday life through programs of excellence and simplicity which support people of all ages to cultivate their virtues -- the gifts of character.

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  • 1. The Virtues Project Making Meaningful Connections Presented by Dara Feldman Director of Education Initiatives for The Virtues Project www.heartofeducation.net
  • 2. The Virtues Project www.heartofeducation.net
  • 3. The Five Strategies of The Virtues Project 1 Speak the Language of Virtues 2 Recognize Teachable Moments 3 Set Clear Boundaries 4 Honor the Spirit 5 Offer Companioning www.heartofeducation.net
  • 4. The Virtues Project www.heartofeducation.net
  • 5. The Five Strategies of The Virtues Project 1 Speak the Language of Virtues 2 Recognize Teachable Moments 3 Set Clear Boundaries 4 Honor the Spirit 5 Offer Companioning www.heartofeducation.net
  • 6. The History of The Virtues Project www.heartofeducation.net
  • 7. The History of The Virtues Project www.heartofeducation.net
  • 8. In over 95 countries… Honored by The UN & The Dalai Lama www.heartofeducation.net
  • 9. Benefits to Schools •Attendance increases •Student achievement increases •Discipline referrals decrease •Bullies transformed into leaders •PLCs and home school connections strengthened •Climate is more peaceful and joyful www.heartofeducation.net
  • 10. Download Handouts www.heartofeducation.net
  • 11. Virtues: The Gifts of Character The Virtues Project Assertiveness Forgiveness Patience Caring Friendliness Peacefulness Cleanliness Generosity Perseverance Commitment Gentleness Purposefulness Compassion Helpfulness Reliability Confidence Honesty Respect Consideration Honor Responsibility Cooperation Humility Self-discipline Courage Idealism Service Courtesy Integrity Tact Creativity Joyfulness Thankfulness Detachment Justice Tolerance Determination Kindness Trust Diligence Love Trustworthiness Enthusiasm Loyalty Truthfulness Excellence Moderation Understanding Flexibility Modesty Unity Orderliness www.heartofeducation.net
  • 12. Virtues vs. Values Virtues: universal, positive qualities of character Values: things people deem important or of value www.heartofeducation.net
  • 13. Virtues: The Gifts of Character Strength & Growth Virtues Assertiveness Forgiveness Patience Caring Friendliness Peacefulness Cleanliness Generosity Perseverance Commitment Gentleness Purposefulness Compassion Helpfulness Reliability Confidence Honesty Respect Consideration Honor Responsibility Cooperation Humility Self-discipline Courage Idealism Service Courtesy Integrity Tact Creativity Joyfulness Thankfulness Detachment Justice Tolerance Determination Kindness Trust Diligence Love Trustworthiness Enthusiasm Loyalty Truthfulness Excellence Moderation Understanding Flexibility Modesty Unity Orderliness www.heartofeducation.net
  • 14. The Five Strategies of The Virtues Project 1 Speak the Language of Virtues 2 Recognize Teachable Moments 3 Set Clear Boundaries 4 Honor the Spirit 5 Offer Companioning www.heartofeducation.net
  • 15. Strategy 1: Speak the Language The Virtues Project Do you believe language has the power to inspire or discourage? www.heartofeducation.net
  • 16. Ways to Speak the Language of the Virtues 1. TO ACKNOWLEDGE 2. TO GUIDE 3. TO CORRECT 4. TO THANK www.heartofeducation.net
  • 17. Strategy 1: Speak the Language 3 Elements of the Virtues Language stem I see your virtue diligence in the way you worked through evidence that difficult math problem without giving up. www.heartofeducation.net
  • 18. Ways to Speak the Language of the Virtues 1. TO ACKNOWLEDGE 2. TO GUIDE 3. TO CORRECT 4. TO THANK www.heartofeducation.net
  • 19. Strategy 1: Speak the Language Virtues Pick www.heartofeducation.net
  • 20. Strategy 2: Recognize Teachable Moments The Virtues Project “In all situations, it is my response that decides whether a crisis will be escalated or de-escalated and a child humanized or de-humanized” ~Haim Ginott www.heartofeducation.net
  • 21. Strategy 2: Recognize Teachable Moments The Virtues Project Instead of shaming and saying Stop your talking and get back to work! We can say “Please be purposeful and finish your assignment.” www.heartofeducation.net
  • 22. Renaming and Reframing Acknowledge effort shown Remind or call student to the virtue www.heartofeducation.net
  • 23. Strategy 3: Set Clear Boundaries The Virtues Project Retributive Justice Teacher is a detective asking … • What was the crime? • Who did it? • How should they be punished? www.heartofeducation.net
  • 24. Strategy 3: Set Clear Boundaries The Virtues Project Restorative Justice Teacher is a mentor asking … • What happened? • What virtue was missing? • What would it look like if… • How can amends be made? www.heartofeducation.net
  • 25. Strategy 3: Set Clear Boundaries Class Promise www.heartofeducation.net
  • 26. Strategy 3: Set Clear Boundaries Using Virtues for PBIS Tenants Positive Behavior Intervention System www.heartofeducation.net
  • 27. Strategy 4: Honor the Spirit The Virtues Project “More important than being successful is being significant. Significance means making a contribution to others.” ~Steven Covey, Author of Highly Effective People www.heartofeducation.net
  • 28. Strategy 4: Honor the Spirit ASCD Whole Child Compact “There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” ~Nelson Mandela www.heartofeducation.net
  • 29. Strategy 4: Honor the Spirit The Virtues Project • Virtues Sharing Circles • Celebrations • Traditions • Reflective Time • Moments with Nature • Service Learning • Virtues in the Arts • Virtues Pick www.heartofeducation.net
  • 30. Strategy 5: Offer Companioning The Virtues Project 1. Open the door 2. Offer receptive silence Don’t get furious. 3. Ask cup emptying questions 4. Focus on sensory cues 5. Ask virtues reflection questions Get 6. Ask closure and curious! integration questions 7. Give a virtues acknowledgment www.heartofeducation.net
  • 31. Strategy 5: Offer Companioning The Companioning Process IS NOT IS • A fix • A walk along • A rescue • Respect • Curing • Caring presence • Advice • Listening • Sympathy • Caring detachment • Telling • Asking • Victim-based • Virtues-based www.heartofeducation.net
  • 32. The Virtues Project Materials & Professional Development To order materials go to www.heartofeducation.net/materials For professional development go to www.heartofeducation.net/pd www.heartofeducation.net
  • 33. The Virtues Project “Idealists dare… …to have big dreams and then act as if they are possible... Idealism does not mean that you are an idle dreamer. Idle dreamers just WISH that things were better. Idealists do something to MAKE things better.” – The Family Virtues Guide www.heartofeducation.net
  • 34. The Virtues Project Gratitude Goes To… National Education Association Staff and Students at Kenwood High School, Baltimore County Public Schools May Street Group, News Video Clip ASCD, The Whole Child Compact Dr. Dan Popov, Linda Kavelin Popov & John Kavelin, Founders of The Virtues Project www.heartofeducation.net