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LEARNING CHARACTER COUNTS! seeks to instill in students critical learning skills and the belief in the importance of education and life-long learning as a means to enhance job and career opportunities and improve the quality of their lives. Students adopt a growth mindset and confidence that...

The fourth and final wheel of success focuses on a positive culture which consists of five components. School Climate outcomes embodied in the climate dimension of the CHARACTER COUNTS! 5.0 Student Development Workshop (SDW) addresses all essential dimensions of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The objective of this aspect...

The third wheel of success focuses on the values, attitudes, mindsets, and skills that assist each student reach his/her development and understanding of The Six Pillars of Character. Developmental outcomes embodied in the character dimension of the CHARACTER COUNTS! 5.0 Student Development Workshop (SDW) addresses all six pillars traits necessary in...

The first wheel of success focuses on the values, attitudes, mindsets, and skills that assist each student reach his/her intellectual and academic potential. Educational outcomes embodied in the academic dimension of the CHARACTER COUNTS! 5.0 Student Development Workshop (SDW) addresses all essential dimensions of the Common Core standards on...

The most critical component of an effective CHARACTER COUNTS! (CC!) student development initiative is our certificated comprehensive 3-day training. Persons completing this course will be certified as CHARACTER COUNTS! Champions, authorized to conduct internal in-service training and administer school or organization-wide CC! implementations. Who Should Attend: Certificated SDW...

JOSEPHSON INSTITUTE MODEL STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT CHARACTER COUNTS! 5.0 is based on the Josephson Institute’s Model Standards of Academic, Social, Emotional and Character Development. The standards provide the first comprehensive integration of three core domains comprising the mission of modern educational...

JOSEPHSON INSTITUTE MODEL STANDARDS OF ACADEMIC, SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT CHARACTER COUNTS! 5.0 is based on the Josephson Institute's Model Standards of Academic, Social, Emotional and Character Development. The standards provide the first comprehensive integration of three core domains comprising the mission of modern educational...

People are not at their best in crowds. It’s as if every survival-of-the-fittest primordial instinct comes out to obliterate thousands of years of civilization. Pre-and post-holiday shopping, and the inevitable lines, test our character. My wife’s a professional shopper. She has strategies on where to park and how to find the fastest moving line (which I’ve discovered is not always the shortest). But what I admire most is her resolve not to let it get her down. In fact, this is her “good attitude Olympics.”
Today, after winning a big game it’s common for athletes and fans to chant, "We’re number one," in a classless display of self-praise that comes off as conceit and disrespectful taunting. I sometimes feel that way about materials praising America. Still, national pride is important. Reminders about the high principles on which this nation was based are essential to keep our idealism alive. A listener once sent me an essay commenting on a report that someone in Pakistan had offered a reward to anyone who killed an American. To tell potential assassins what to look for, the unidentified author wrote that it’s hard to identify Americans because they are of every nationality and religion. In fact, he said, "there are more Muslims in America than in Afghanistan. The only difference is that in America they are free to worship as each of them chooses. An American is also free to believe in no religion. For that, he will answer only to God, not to the government or to armed thugs claiming to speak for the government and for God."