Presentation on theme: "Greenmont Avenue School is a Community of Caring ~ Respect ~ Responsibility ~ Trust ~ Caring ~ Family ~"— Presentation transcript:
Greenmont Avenue School is a Community of Caring ~ Respect ~ Responsibility ~ Trust ~ Caring ~ Family ~
What is Community of Caring? K-12, comprehensive, whole-school, research-based character education framework Inclusion of all students, especially students with disabilities, in a caring school community Groundbreaking, pioneering work in the teaching of values Integration of the five core values of caring, respect, responsibility, trust, and family into every aspect of school life
Community of Caring Components -Values In and Across the Curriculum -Student Leadership/Forums -Service Learning/Community Service -Family and Community Involvement -Inclusion of All Students
Why Do Schools Adopt Community of Caring? Fosters character and citizenship development Improves school attendance and academic performance Improves school climate, creating a caring classroom and school community Includes students with disabilities and fosters greater acceptance of diversity Creates safer school environments with less bullying and other forms of violence Bayless Elementary Prior to C.o.C. Bayless Elementary 1 Year into Program Disciplinary Referrals 26393 Percentage of Students Who Felt Safe at School 73%95% Students Reading at Grade Level 50%94% Bayless Elementary School | CEP. (n.d.). Retrieved January 4, 2015, from http://character.org/key-topics/what-is-character-education/case- studies/bayless-elementary-school/
Student Impact Data Talking with the Family The more students talk with their families about their school days, the more they: Participate actively in classes Act with empathy and acceptance Report that because they go to their school, they do NOT think of dropping out, skipping classes, smoking, drinking, or using Talking with School Community The more teachers use the 5 Community of Caring values, the more students: Have better relationships with each other Actively participate in classes Engage in prosocial activities
Gators in Action! Examples of how the Greenmont community has integrated Community of Caring
Monthly Value Focus MonthValue September Introduce all values: Caring Respect Responsibility Trust Family OctoberCaring NovemberRespect DecemberResponsibility JanuaryTrust FebruaryFamily MarchCaring AprilRespect/Responsibility MayTrust/Family JuneReview all values: Caring Respect Responsibility Trust Family
You’ve Been Chomped Promoting Random Acts of “Caring” What is “Chomping”? Ways to “Chomp On” Chomp Kits Where can I get I Chomp Kit?
Caught Caring Initiative StickersBigger Picture The decision was made to not include a collection page or a prize, the larger picture of this program is to create an intrinsic value for taking part in behaviors that exemplify the core values of the program.
School-Based Creation of Meaning Caring- Supporting everyone in a helpful way Family- Feeling safe and supported by our loved ones Respect-Being considerate and thoughtful Responsibility- Owning your words and your actions Trust- Believing in yourself and others
Looking to the Future… Student Forums Grade Level Led Gator Gatherings Reaction Responses to Program Participation Student Created Needs Assessments for the Community Upper Elementary Student Involvement in Steering Committee Increased Integration of Curriculum into Initiatives
“The quality of caring we give determines whether we are successful as individuals, as families, as communities, and as nations. Political power, monetary wealth, and physical strength are as nothing compared to the creation of a good society.” Eunice Kennedy Shriver