CHARACTER COUNTS! | Program Overview
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Program Overview

CHARACTER COUNTS! 5.0 is the latest evolution of the CC! educational strategy. Introduced in 2016, CC! 5.0 has been entirely revised to place greater emphasis on establishing a positive school climate and instilling critical academic, social and emotional skills, as well as core character traits. Introducing the concept of the Four Wheels of Success (identified in The Josephson Institute’s Model Standards for Academic, Social, Emotional and Character Development). This fully integrated student development framework incorporates the most critical research findings and current theories from all major research and evidence-based strategies in order to instill academic, social, emotional and values, mindsets and character traits to help students:

  • Reach their academic potential and have the ability to succeed in school 
  • Succeed in the workplace and their careers
  • Live happy, worthy and fulfilling personal lives
  • Become engaged, responsible and productive citizens 

Properly implemented, CHARACTER COUNTS! becomes infused seamlessly into the DNA of your school or organizational climate. Implementation can occur at your own pace and can range in complexity based upon your needs and goals. Give us a call to discuss your needs at 800-711-2670 or submit a request.

Training

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Because CHARACTER COUNTS! 5.0 can be implemented in many ways, there are several options. Below are cost guidelines for various training solutions. For an exact quote, please call us at 800-711-2670 or submit a quote request.

  1. Student Development Workshop (SDW) – An intensive 3-day training program. Participants who complete the training will receive a certificate as a CHARACTER COUNTS! Champion. Costs are $795 per person. Enrollment includes pre and post student behavior survey. Special group pricing and benefits available. See upcoming scheduled events.
  2. On-Site Student Development Workshop – $19,500 for up to 35 participants – 3-day training including pre-and post- School Climate and Student Behavior Surveys for Parents, Teachers and Students and about $2700 in support and awareness materials)
  3. Customized On-Site Professional Development Workshops – $3,500 (plus travel expenses) for 3-6 hour onsite workshop for up to 50 participants.

 

 

Why you should implement CHARACTER COUNTS!©

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From Gary Smit, Superintendent, (retired), Lombard School District 44 (IL)

“As a former school superintendent who successfully implemented CHARACTER COUNTS!©, I fail to understand how an administrator can talk about school improvement without considering a hard-core commitment to character education. In my leadership role, I witnessed what an effective CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative can mean to a child’s emotional, moral, and intellectual growth and development. For our schools, implementing CHARACTER COUNTS! resulted in higher academic performance, improved attendance, reduced violence, fewer student disciplinary issues, reduction in substance abuse, and less vandalism.

 

At a time when parents and educators are concerned about school violence, it is worth noting that students reported in CHARACTER COUNTS!© schools that they felt safer because they knew their fellow students valued trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and good citizenship.  From a classroom perspective, it was simply easier to teach children who put into practice by their choices, the Six Pillars of Character.

 

The results provide credence to the selection of CHARACTER COUNTS!© to be the framework for integrating values and desired life skills into the life of a school. Even though CHARACTER COUNTS!© 5.0 is not a program with an established curriculum, an administrator needs to accept the fact that the implementation requires a change in attitudes of staff and the behaviors of students.  Anyone who has spent time working as a teacher has come to know that CHARACTER COUNTS!© has the potential to change the climate for learning and caring in schools.

 

Years of research have confirmed that the Six Pillars of Character and non–cognitive skills are all learned.  Studies in psychology, economics, education and neuroscience have coalesced toward one important conclusion: the non-cognitive qualities of perseverance, conscientiousness, optimism, curiosity and self-discipline (all of which can be included under the general category of `character’) are more likely to produce success than a high IQ and highly developed cognitive skills.  Character is the decisive ingredient of success. This means we can teach core values and desired character traits to students, and in doing so, we can nurture the qualities that enhance their moral growth and development.  Educators cannot just sit back and hope our children and young people will grow up to become caring, respectful, responsible, and decent human beings.  A school must deliberately and passionately teach and model key beliefs so that our students really can become the best they can be.

 

CHARACTER COUNTS!©  is unique and distinctive framework that sets itself apart from other programs that are designed and structured to teach character.  First of all, CHARACTER COUNTS!©  5.0 is the latest evolution of the Josephson Institute’s educational strategy to significantly impact lives of students from Kindergarten through 12th grade.   Second, in our intensive efforts to work directly with schools, meaningful and substantial emphasis is placed on establishing a positive school climate.  This is accomplished by intentionally and explicitly instilling critical academic, social and emotional skills, as well as core character traits as identified in The Josephson Institute’s Model Standards for Academic, Social, Emotional and Character Development.  These Model Standards, integrating critical outcomes from each of these domains, draws heavily upon the most current research and theories concerning social, emotional and character development; creation of a positive school climate; behavior change theory; the growth versus the fixed mindset and research-based instructional strategies to teach high level learning skills; as well as the hands-on experience of thousands of educators involved in our student development improvement efforts.

 

Third, this fully integrated student development framework will greatly assist a school by instilling academic, social, emotional and values, mindsets and character traits that will guide students to:

  • Reach their academic potential and have the ability to succeed in school
  • Succeed in the workplace and their careers
  • Live happy, worthy and fulfilling personal lives
  • Become engaged, responsible and productive citizens

 

Having this understanding of the potential impact should be the driving force for an administrator to consider what it takes to genuinely promote school improvement efforts. Inspirational leaders should have the mindset of continuing growth of students academically and in terms of preparing students with the necessary life skills to be successful.  This will mean investigating a framework that decisively and purposefully provides the necessary skills for educators to craft a meaningful, measurable and sustainable character education program.

 

One should seek evidence of where a character program has been effective in addressing identified needs.  With more than 7 million students being impacted by CHARACTER COUNTS!©, the administrator can contact other schools or districts that have successfully implemented CHARACTER COUNTS!© to obtain data that clearly demonstrates changes in attitudes and behaviors.  Moreover, an administrator should seek evidence of an effective character education initiative that:

 

  • Explicitly and intentional plans for the values and beliefs that students will need to acquire to be ready for college, careers, and the real world, while grappling with the greater performance demands of 21st century learning standards.
  • Intentionally and deliberately designs a framework that works towards a pervasive sense of community for every student, and the caring relationships that foster optimal human development across all domains – academic, social/emotional, and ethical.
  • Provides teaching practices to encourage students to learn the skills of collaboration, critical thinking, communication, problem solving, questioning, analysis, decision–making, planning, researching, building arguments, and reading/writing.
  • Advocates for a greater demand from students to develop the cognitive rigor and stamina to do more and better work.
  • Creates an ethical learning community based on clearly determined and identified norms as espoused in the key beliefs valued by the school.
  • Weaves values and desired character traits through every aspect of school life, including the academic curriculum, co–curricular activities, staff modeling, and all human relationships.
  • Collaborates to create a school and classroom culture rooted in the values and beliefs that allow for a positive learning environment.

 

A comprehensive CHARACTER COUNTS!©  initiative will effectively address many tough issues that are present in schools and the greater community while developing or enhancing a positive school climate.  It can be effective in any school setting. From the perspective of an administrator, CHARACTER COUNTS!© brings about results by transforming a school culture into a place where students want to learn and teachers desire to teach.”

-August, 2017

 

 

 

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  • Rey Moreno
    Posted at 05:59h, 13 October Reply

    This is a great program, awesome ideas

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