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  • Implementing Character Education Into Curriculum Striving to attain achievement as a school community!
  • Problem
    • There has been a 25% increase in reported bullying incidents within our building over the past three years.
    • Students are not developing positive character traits that are valued by our school and community
  • Proposal
    • To cooperatively develop strategies to improve upon the number of reported incidents of bullying through the incorporation of Character Education into our curriculum.
  • Program Goals
    • GOAL 1 – Successful implementation of Character Education into every subject area at the High School level (Process)
    • GOAL 2 – Decrease by 30% the number of reported incidents of bullying over the next two years (Product)
  • What is Bullying?
    • Definition:
    • Bullying can be defined as repeated acts against someone who cannot easily defend themselves.
    • Threatening words or gestures
    • Physical/Emotional harm
    • Name calling
    • Mimicking
    • Harassing
    • Shunning (Isolating someone)
  • What is Character Education?
    • Learning about shared beliefs
    • Moral issues in daily interaction
    • Instruction, curriculum, and assessments based on core values
    • An integral part of the educational process
  • Character Education
    • Six Pillars of Character Education:
    • 1. T rustworthiness
    • 2. R espect
    • 3. R esponsibility
    • 4. F airness
    • 5. C aring
    • 6. C itizenship
    • How can we as a staff collectively approach the problem so that we are working together to achieve a common goal?
  • Formation of a Character Education Committee
      • Representation will include:
      • -Two Representatives from each Department
      • -Two Building Administrators
      • -Two Community Representatives (PTA/Youth Organizations)
      • -Committee Facilitator
  • Responsibilities of Committee Members:
    • Establish Goals (Shared Vision)
    • Define important traits of someone of Character (Core Beliefs)
    • Develop Assessment (Data to determine gaps between Reality + Shared Vision)
    • Collaborate with staff on developing strategies to implement Character into curriculum and instruction through staff development/department meetings (Action Plan)
    • Analyze Results/Develop and Modify Program Approach (I.D. Innovations that Close Gaps)
    • Report to District Personnel/Community (Endorse Collective Accountability)
    • Provide Time, Resources, Training, and Support to achieve goals
  • Responsibilities of Teachers:
    • Incorporate elements of Character Education into daily lessons
    • examples:
    • >Class discussion of moral choices
    • >Write a persuasive speech on an issue
    • >Assignment notebooks
    • >Independent research projects
    • >Inspirational readings
    • >Interview someone who is “ T e RR i F i CC ”
    • Provide feedback (+/-) to Committee Members
    • >Keys/Barriers to success
  • Program Assessments:
    • Process Assessment -Incorporate evaluation criteria for Character Ed. implementation through formal and informal observation of teachers ( Instructional Rubrics )
    • >union negotiation
    • >develop trust between staff & administration
    • Product Assessment - Record and evaluate reported incidents of bullying over the course of the school year and compare results to previous years results
  • Program Design (Two Fold Strategy)
    • Understanding by Design (backward-design approach)
    • Stage 1: Identify desired results (curriculum)
    • Stage 2: Design Assessments
    • (what is acceptable performance/behavior?)
    • Stage 3: Create a learning plan (instructional approach)
    • Curriculum Mapping (Dual-Lens approach) Analyzes implementation across each grade level as well as by building (9-12)
    • Provides critical information:
    • >What is being taught
    • >When it is taught
    • >How it is assessed
  • Program Goals For Students:
    • Develop Tolerance
    • Treat others with Respect and Kindness
    • Be Polite
    • Develop Empathy
    • Display Stewardship
    • In addition to achieving program goals, the aim of this intervention is to become a more competent staff, where we can work together more efficiently and effectively for the benefit of student learning.