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SDCOE CHARACTER EDUCATION PRESENTATION: LEARNING FOR LIVING
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 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 …
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.
4) HIGHLIGHT ROLE 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
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
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.
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: CREATING 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