10 May Tus Valores Cuentan for Puerto Rico’s public schools
Tus Valores Cuentan is a unique and comprehensive K-12 integrated values program specifically developed by Josephson Institute for Puerto Rico schools. It is derived from the Institute’s highly successful CHARACTER COUNTS! program, which currently reaches millions of children and their families.
Tus Valores Cuentan includes training and materials to help schools create a school culture to achieve three inter-related objectives:
- Academic achievement. Instill core educational and behavioral values that will improve the learning environment and permit the students reach their intellectual potential.
- Personal growth. Develop in all students positive character attributes and critical social and emotional life skills to help them become personally successful and socially responsible (including reducing youth violence).
- Safety. Provide a physical and social environment where all students are and feel physically and emotionally safe.
It is important to know that Tus Valores Cuentan is not a curriculum that replaces any existing part of the academic program. It is, instead, a framework that allows teachers to integrate values in everyday lessons and activities in a manner that enhances rather than interferes with the school’s other goals.
Every aspect of Tus Valores Cuentan is designed to initiate meaningful, measurable, and sustainable positive changes in attitudes and behavior.
At the core of Tus Valores Cuentan are two fundamental features that distinguish it from other culture-changing and character-building programs:
- Six Pillars of Character. Tus Valores Cuentan adopts the Six Pillars of Character central to CHARACTER COUNTS!: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, caring, fairness, and citizenship, which assures that all instruction and reinforcement of values build upon shared universally accepted values and attributes that comprise good character.
- Four Point Implementation Strategy. Properly implemented, Tus Valores Cuentan can result in significant changes in attitudes and behavior through the use of a Four Point Implementation strategy that teaches, enforces, advocates, and models the Six Pillars of Character
Phase One – Launching Tus Valores Cuentan
Tus Valores Cuentan will be introduced to approximately 200 schools commencing in August 2010. All training sessions, consultation, and materials during Phase One will be paid for by the Department of Education with funds obtained in a federal grant.
Identification of Participating Schools (May 1-10, 2010). The Department of Education will identify 28 “clusters” or “cohorts” consisting of a high school and its feeder middle and elementary schools. Ideally, four Phase One clusters will be in each region.
The scope and visibility of this program will make it of national significance, and participating schools will receive extensive training and support. If you are a high school director, please consider becoming a candidate for what we hope will be thought of as an honor and privilege.
Selection and Training of Master Trainers (May 1-30, 2010). Josephson Institute will solicit applications for Master Trainers. By May 20, the Institute will select approximately 30 applicants to participate in a three-day interviewing/training session to become candidates for the Master Trainer. On May 25-27, the Institute will offer training for all candidates. Based on qualifications, interest, and performance during the Master Trainer Training sessions, the Institute will invite select candidates to become Master Trainers.
Training of Onsite Champions (June 1-30, 2010). In order for a school to participate in Phase One of the Tus Valores Cuentan program, it must send a minimum of three staff members (administrators, teachers, counselors, or coaches) to be trained as Tus Valores Cuentan Onsite Champions. Approximately 1,000 teachers, administrators, and staff selected by the directors of Phase One schools will receive the Champions training during June (each three-day training will encompass groups of 50 or less at locations throughout Puerto Rico). Champions will be responsible for implementation, ongoing support, and instruction to assure that their entire school is properly utilizing the materials and strategies.
Training of School Directors (July 15-August 5, 2010). Directors of the 200 Phase One Tus Valores Cuentan schools will receive a special school administrator training to assure their knowledge and support of the program (each three-day training sessions will encompass groups of 50 or less at locations throughout Puerto Rico).
On-Site, One-Day, All Staff Tus Valores Cuentan Orientation Training (August 1-31, 2010). Each participating school will receive a one-day in-service training for the entire staff by a Josephson Institute Master Trainer.
Ongoing Coaching and Consultation (September 1-May 30, 2011). A Josephson Institute Master Trainer will visit each participating school at least twice during the academic year and provide 10 hours of group or individual coaching. Schools can apply for additional hours of coaching up to 25 hours.
Instructional and Support Materials. A wide range of teaching/learning tools (books, guides, DVDs, games, music, activities, contests, incentive items, apparel, posters, and banners) will be provided to each school implementing Tus Valores Cuentan.
Assessment and Evaluation. All participating schools must administer pre and post surveys to students, faculty, and parents and collect and report on specific data relating to drop-outs, absences, and disciplinary actions. This information will be analyzed by Josephson Institute and presented in reports to the Department of Education and the individual schools.
Sports Programs. The Tus Valores Cuentan program has been specifically adapted for use in sports programs and has formally been adopted by the Department of Recreation and Sports under the name Logrando la Victoria con Honor. This program will offer a special one-day training for coaches and provide a comprehensive set of guidelines, codes of conduct, and other materials for coaches, athletes, and parents.