1. Mission of the institute: to improve the ethical quality of society by changing personal and organizational decision making and behaviorPrograms:CHARACTER COUNTS!®/TusValoresCuentan – 7 million children and families; nearly 1,000 member organizations Pursuing Victory With Honor/Logrando la Victoria con HonorEthics in the Workplace – Government, Policing, School Administration, BusinessMichael Josephson Radio Commentaries 2. En 1992, el Instituto Josephson fue el anfitrión de unareuniónqueincluyó a 30 expertos en educación del carácter, representantes de variasorganizacionesdedicadas a proveerservicio a jóvenes y organizacioneseducativas de los EstadosUnidos, paraformular un programanacionalpara la educación del carácter,identificando los seispilares del carácter.
CHARACTER COUNTS!®Everywhere, All the Time…
Quotes ActivityRead the quotes and select one that you like. Reflect : why do you like it?Share your reflection with the person next to your right
AgendaObjectives – Share the framework ofCharacter Counts program.Expectations – interactive discussion, lots ofquestions, share your ideas and experiencesTrust the process – please participate fully
Why Character Counts?Self – evaluation about Character Education Program at CAGNeeds of our Character Education Program Evaluating different programs
How did Character Counts start?Josephson Institute and Programs Aspen Declaration on Character Education The Six Pillars
People do not automatically develop good moral character; therefore, conscientious efforts must be made to instructyoung people in the values and abilities necessary for moral decision making and conduct. - Aspen Declaration .
Programa de Valores en el CAG 2000-2004 2004-2010 2011-2014 Los seis pilares del carácter (Character Counts – Six Pillars):• RESPETO • RESPETO • CIVISMO• HONESTIDAD • HONESTIDAD • RESPONSABILIDAD• RESPONSABILIDAD • RESPONSABILIDAD • RESPETO• GENEROSIDAD • GENEROSIDAD • BONDAD• JUSTICIA • JUSTICIA • CONFIABILIDAD• SOLIDARIDAD • COMUNIDAD • JUSTICIA• TOLERANCIA • APRECIO POR LA• PRUDENCIA DIVERSIDAD• ESPIRITUALIDAD Y • AUTO-CONTROL VIDA INTERIOR • RIGOR• LEALTAD
Jar ActivityWhat does this activity tell you about your work day? How can you use it in your classroom?
To educate a child in the mind but not the morals is to educate a menace to society. - Theodore Roosevelt
You do not learn how to ride abicycle by looking at pictures ofbicycles in a book and studyinglaws of physics. You learn how toride a bicycle by getting on a bikeand riding. - Barbara LewisSimilarly, you learn to be a goodperson by being a good person, bybeing honest, respectful,responsible, fair, caring and a goodcitizen.
Activity Video Lead India. TreeWhat choices did the community have?What does the boy’s choice tell us about his values?
Values are thebuilding blocks of Character and shape the natureand quality of our personal andsocial interactions
What is CHARACTER COUNTS!® ? CHARACTER It is based onCOUNTS!® is the It is used in shared beliefs and nation’s most schools, youth, consensus values widely used sports, and civic called the Six character- organizations. Pillars of development Character framework.
CHARACTER COUNTS!® is Inclusive and Nonpartisan CHARACTERCOUNTS!® has no ideological or Members of the These six core political agenda Coalition include ethical values other than secular and transcend political,strengthening the religious cultural, socio- moral fiber of the organizations as economic, andnext generation by well as government religious promoting and civic entities. differences.consensus ethical values.
FOUR VALUES: PROCESS: OUTCOME:DOMAINS: SIX PILLARS T.E.A.M. • Effective• Character • Trustworthiness • Teach • Ethical• Social & • Respect • Enforce • BEST Emotional • Responsibility • Advocate POSSIBLE• Academic • Fairness • Model RESULT• Safety • Caring • Citizenship
CHARACTER/ETHICS SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL Develop the character of Develop positive social and children and adolescents by emotional life skills to help instilling core ethical values children and adolescents and attributes (the Six Pillars achieve their goals and live of Character) happy and socially responsible lives Four Domains of CHARACTER COUNTS!® 4.0 INTELLECTUAL SAFETY /ACADEMIC Provide a nurturing, caring Instill educational values and physical environment so all develop academic skills to helpstudents are and feel physically children and adolescents reach and emotionally safe their intellectual potential and meet state standards
MissionThe mission of the American School ofGuatemala is to empower its studentsto achieve their full potential and toinspire them to lead meaningful livesas responsible members of a globalsociety.
• TRUSTWORTHINESST • RESPECTR • RESPONSIBILITYR • FAIRNESSFC • CARINGC • CITIZENSHIP The Six Pillars of Character
Six Pillars of Character TRUSTWORTHINESS – honesty, integrity, promise-keeping, loyalty RESPECT – courtesy, nonviolence, tolerance, autonomy RESPONSIBILITY – duty, accountability, pursuit of excellence, self-restraint FAIRNESS – openness, consistency, impartiality CARING – kindness, compassion, empathy CITIZENSHIP – civic virtue, lawfulness, common good
Poster Activity• Step 1: Divide paper in half. On one side list the wordsrepresented in your pillar; on the other side draw the symbolsthat represent those words on your poster.• Step 2: Choose 4 words that best represent your pillar; choose1 symbol.• Step 3: Share your poster with the rest of the group
Video The greatestWhat was your reactions about this video? What does your reactions sayabout your role in this process?
Consistent application andThe values that we want monitoring.young people to learn. Self-conscious aboutConstant encouragement while making setting a good examplesure we are not neutral about the in what we do and say.importance of good character.
Teach Language Arts: The students read a story, legend or myth, then write an analysis of the most strongly exhibited value. Character trait in the work studied—How is this pillar revealed and by whom? Social Studies: Current/historical events involving some type of conflict—discuss/debate/present/write/research pillars involved/tested/needed. Science: Current event/scientific problem/issue or discovery/invention. Students discuss/write/present. Search/debate the character implications connected to this problem. Cooperate with colleagues to address character issues that span academic subject areas. • Service-learning • Provide opportunities for students to engage in meaningful opportunities to meet needs in the community.
Check out our lesson plan bank atwww.charactercounts.org (under “Resources”)
Enforce Consistency/Fairness Classroom rules/expectations Consequences—positive and negative
CHARACTER COUNTS!® Week: The third full week in October
Advocate Encourage all adults who interact with children or young people to think about the Six Pillars and their importance. Participate in opportunities to promote the initiative. Take the message to everyone.
MODEL Just Do It ―The only true remaining freedom is our ability to choose our attitude in any given situation‖ (Victor Frankl) Make your attitude worth catching Say what you mean and mean what you say Everything you do and say sends a message— what message are you sending?
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To Be Successful . . . Character Education Character Education is requires: not:• theoretical clarity • a quick fix• implementation consistency • a poster on a wall• unwavering confidence • words we say or tell others• persistence over time • a passing educational fad• fostering good character in • something we just do partnership with promoting intellectual development
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