The ESSENTIALS is a research-based character development and leadership enhancement program designed for educators working with middle and high school-aged youth. The ten focus areas in The ESSENTIALS series represent critical competencies for developing character and culture skills needed for success in school, extra-curricular activities, work, and beyond. Modules are aligned with the Six Pillars of Character and the core CASEL Social Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies of self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making. View in the store.
Way To Go Journal
The Way To Go Journal engages students in personal reflection activities, small group discussions, or whole group conversations about character and leadership. Each page is full of images to visually engage your learners and includes inspiring character quotes and thought-provoking questions. You may give students a choice to answer any prompt on a page or use one question as a journal reflection and the others as a discussion topic. The multiple uses make this a must-have for any school committed to infusing social and emotional learning into the curriculum. View in the store, it is available in print or digital.
Are you looking for a way to engage students in an interesting conversation about values, mindsets, and beliefs? The Today Counts flipbook offers quotes with discussion prompts to supplement each quote. Teachers may have students reflect on questions individually, as a think-pair-share, or as a small or whole group discussion. The powerful prompts get students thinking and conversing in a unique way and allows them to interact and embrace multiple perspectives. If you want to create exciting, engaging, and meaningful discussions in your classroom with zero prep time, this is the resource for you. View in the store.
Good Ideas Book
The Good Ideas book is full of engaging lessons and activities designed to infuse character development into your classroom. The variety of lessons allows teachers to customize and select instruction based on the learning needs of their classroom. Each lesson can be done as a stand-alone activity, in conjunction with other lessons, or as a supplement to your already established character education program. View in the store, it is available in print or digital. Versions also available in Spanish.
Early Childhood Kit
CHARACTER COUNTS! Early Childhood Kits include Six Pillar lesson plans for the early learning classroom. Designed for students pre-k to 2nd grade, these lessons are easy to integrate into your curriculum and offer students an opportunity to practice the Six Pillars of Character. A Choices Count CD (or digital music files) and Six Pillar posters are included as additional resources for your classroom. The kit also includes family pages to coincide with each classroom lesson to help support character development in the home with the families you serve. Lessons and Family Guides (30-pack) are available in English and Spanish. View in the store.
7 Yards Film and CHARACTER COUNTS! Lessons
Chris Norton’s incredible journey from paralysis to walking down the aisle at his wedding illustrates important lessons about resilience, responsibility, caring, and many other important character skills. These valuable lessons are enhanced by a new series of curricular resources for middle school and high school students which supplement the film. The research-based strategies provided in each lesson will help students advance their character skills. The six lessons connect the Six Pillars of Character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship) to sections of the 7 Yards movie. Additionally, the lessons cover topics like goal achievement, growth mindset, communications strategies, and overcoming adversity. Each of the six student handouts also includes an Optimal Performance Assessment so students can reflect on how well they are demonstrating character skills and what they could do differently in the future. This resource includes a facilitator guide and a student handout for each of the Six Pillars. View in the store.
CHARACTER COUNTS! App
Enhance your character teaching with built-in engaging learning resources. Content is quickly accessed and provided in multiple forms, including lessons, stories, video clips, inspirational challenges, quotes, and more! The mobile and web-based applications are comprehensive and dynamic, yet simple and easy to use. Content is provided in multiple forms to help match your teaching style. Visit the App website to learn more.
Moral Kombat Digital Series
Using the Six Pillars of Character, the Moral Kombat book series meets the specific needs of helping at-risk teens overcome decision-making, substance abuse, truancy, parenting, life skills, and criminal behavior. Each book in the nine-book series focuses on a specific topic. Books can be utilized as an entire series, or on a stand-alone basis. Facilitator guides and student workbooks are available for all ten titles. View in the store.
The CHARACTER COUNTS! student planners offer character lessons and challenges for each of the Six Pillars of Character to create a positive school environment. They also feature ample writing space, colorful designs, study tips, planning helpers, and more. Three planner versions are available: Primary (Grades K-2), Elementary (Grades 3-5), and Middle/High School (Grades 6-12). View in the store.
Resilience and Inclusion Lessons (4-pack)
Though the pandemic has presented many unique challenges, it is not the only obstacle that our students will face. Students need resilience strategies to address personal adversity (like injuries and mistakes) and societal challenges (like lack of equity and inclusion). Each lesson in this series includes research-based resources that students can apply to all aspects of their life. This series is designed for middle and high school-aged youth.
This curriculum features four lessons:
- Stress Management and Mental Health
- Overcoming Obstacles with a Growth Mindset
- Creating an Inclusive Culture
- Taking Ownership of Your Actions, Decisions, and Mistakes