What If Your School Was This Good?

Imagine a school where student-athletes take on a real leadership role. They’re involved in service-learning activities (e.g., raising the greatest amount of money in the state for cancer research) and their sports are played with honor and integrity.

The senior athletes are invited to interview new coaches because their self-reflection and questioning of their own values has helped them model the characteristics they look for in coaches.

Imagine a school where students develop the curriculum for climate change in the school. They identify areas of interest and alarm to the school population and tackle the issues through presentations, plays, and guest speakers.

They might invite FBI agents to demonstrate how easily online predators can find students who share private information in chat rooms or online. Or they might have seniors perform skits illustrating the damaging effects of bullying, invite audience participation, and follow up with small group discussions.

Imagine the bullying skit becoming so popular that the group is invited to perform around the state and the roles are passed on to juniors, turning the climate-changing program into a school tradition.

Imagine a school where curriculum committees meet to improve performance and results improve with performance. Where students want to learn and where teachers are passionate about their subjects.

Imagine a school where the tradition of learning and self-reflection is not dependent on one person. Where the culture is embedded with character and holds the greater good at its core. Where discipline referrals encourage reflection, staff appraisals discuss values and character traits, and parent nights and community events help the community raise children who businesses want to hire. Where the nature of the school is to be this way and where new staff and students learn this from the beginning.

Does it all sound too good to be true? Well, it’s not. All of the above is what has happened in schools who’ve implemented CHARACTER COUNTS! Your school can be this way, too. We have case studies about schools that have successfully implemented the framework, and our staff are more than happy to talk you through the initial stages of implementation. Start by looking at the training and schedule a professional development day for an overview of how CC! can be implemented in your school. Become what you imagine.

Case studies on CC! schools can be obtained by contacting our national office at ccnews@jiethics.org

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