CHARACTER COUNTS! Curriculum Theory
The CHARACTER COUNTS! curriculum is based around 12 core values and skills and the Four Wheels of Success.
12 Core Values and Skills
CHARACTER COUNTS! uses the newest research-based strategies for positive climate change. CC! introduces new tools and techniques designed to infuse core values and skills into the DNA of your school or organization: the Six Pillars of Character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship) and 21st-century school and career Success Skills (learning, self-discipline, positivity, perseverance, resilience, and diligence).
Four Wheels of Success
CHARACTER COUNTS! is a framework designed to work with rather than supplant other academic support, pro-school climate, anti-bullying, and behavior modification programs, including PBIS. CHARACTER COUNTS! works with other programs to produce meaningful, measurable, and sustainable outcomes in four domains.
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Baseline Data and Impact Assessments
To measure impact and identify best practices, CHARACTER COUNTS! administers pre and post-school climate, beliefs, and behavior surveys to students, teachers, and parents. In addition to providing information to measure success, these surveys engage all segments of the school community and win their support; they allow each school to assess concerns and determine school-specific objectives.
Comprehensive CC! Implementation
3-day certification training on how to effectively implement CC! based on the Four Wheels of Success focusing on strengthening a positive school climate and building academic, social, emotional, and character skills and traits.
Online survey to establish a baseline of attitudes and behaviors to allow measurement of impact and to determine values, concerns, and priorities of students, teachers, and parents and opinions on the current culture of the school, level of parent engagement, and student performance. (These assessments are included in basic training programs but may be purchased separately).
Integrated Curricula Resources
Schools implementing CC! have a choice of employing a wide range of print and media resources that permit teachers to seamlessly integrate values and skill-building strategies including the Way To Go journal, Today Counts lesson plans, the CC! Agenda/Planner, the Good Ideas Book (more than 100 value-focused lesson plans and a variety of music and video resources).
Awareness Support Materials and Products
CC! provides a substantial variety of engaging, high-impact awareness support materials including Customized Banners, Posters, Street Signs, and Student Incentives.
Professional Development and Parent Workshops
CC! supplements its fully integrated program with on-site professional development and parent workshops on issues such as bullying, program integration, classroom management, and student discipline.
Pursuing Victory With Honor Sports Program
Schools with active sports programs may avail themselves of the Pursuing Victory With Honor training, a comprehensive program emphasizing the use of the sports platform to instill the 12 core values and skills.
Classroom and School-wide Activities
CC! provides schools with guidance and technical assistance to integrate impactful classroom and school-wide activities to increase engagement, develop 21st-century skills and use experiential learning to infuse the 12 core values and skills.
At the end of each semester, CC! administers surveys to students, teachers, and parents to determine the impact of the program on attitudes and behavior.