Houston KRaft & IDSA
These documents can support a wide range of questions about CharacterStrong as a whole. What are we about? Is there research behind it? I'm excited, but I don't know how to talk to my admin and get them on board!
The CharacterStrong Advisory Curriculum comes in multiple different models so it can be molded to best serve your whole school. Learn more about what it covers and how different campuses have customized it.
The CharacterStrong Leadership Curriculum includes 90, 60-minute lessons that run a semester-long curriculum class. Student leaders will be transformed personally and do amazing things to the culture of your school.
Advisory Curriculum (MS)
- Grade 6, L11: Growth Mindset – Part One
- Grade 7, L03: Introduce the CharacterDare
- Grade 7, L22: Community Building – Compliment Creations
- Grade 8, L10: Observing vs Describing
- Grade 8, L17: Empathy – Part One
Have the opportunity to be in front of your admin, peers, or your district to present CharacterStrong? Here are some pre-built slides to help with presentation notes built in so you can speak from the heart while we provide the nuts & bolts!
CharacterStrong In The News
“CharacterStrong was just the voice we needed in our 46,000 student school district! Clear Creek Independent School District adopted a set of Core Values several years ago that guide our decisions, actions and character, and we are deeply committed to the social and emotional well-being and safety of our students. Our work with Houston (and the CharacterStrong team) has been tremendously instrumental in providing our staff with not only the motivation to stay committed to this work, but the resources and ideas to bring it to life. Houston Kraft has facilitated learning at our What’s In Your Heart? Character Conference, and our district wide rally. In addition, he has worked with all of our intermediate teachers to support the use of the CharacterStrong curriculum…We absolutely love working with Houston. His energy, passion and love for all things kind is infectious! We look forward to a long partnership[.]”
Stephanie McBride | Executive Director for Professional Learning, Clear Creek ISD
I have been in education for over a quarter of a century and this is, hands down, the BEST training that I have ever been privileged to be a part of. There are so many components that teachers of every age and discipline can use in the classroom. It also is self-reflecting and not only makes someone a better teacher after attending but also a better person. This presentation allows for professional and more importantly personal growth. I recommend it for EVERYONE that is involved in education. Teachers, secretaries, custodians, cooks, IT department, bus drivers, coaches and administrators. VALUABLE BEYOND BELIEF!!!
Pam Roh - Wisconsin Educator
This training opens your eyes to the importance of relationships in the classroom and how to build those relationships. Character is something that we can change & need to make a habit and as educators to model as a teacher.
Rebecca Farnham - Seven Lakes High School
I am going to be honest when we started using CharacterStrong, I was very skeptical. I could not fully buy in, which made it hard for me to have my students buy in. Now that I have done this training there are many different things I want to implement into my classroom and school!
Lauren R. - Seven Lakes High School - Teacher
I think CharacterStrong is going to do great things for our school. The best part is that my teachers are taking ownership; I am simply supporting them. This training allows you to vulnerable and honest with yourself and your staff. Tough - but awesome experience for me as a principal to experience this with my teachers.
Ted Vierling - Seven Lakes High School, TX - Principal
Over my 11 years of teaching, I have seen an increasing need for something more in education. It is no longer enough just to teach our educational content, we need to educate the whole child and shape better human being. CharacterStrong is the best way of going about this, I have seen to date.
Ashley Griffith - East Valley High School, WA
I think it is extremely eye opening and as a previous student who took a leadership class from John but was not super involved in leadership after that semester I still saw the way these teachings affected the climate and culture at the school. And now in my own classroom and school especially as a new teacher I can see the way that the curriculum is starting to work it’s way into the children’s lives. I truly believe that keeping this going will positively impact our school and our district.
Makynzie Frost - Carmichael MS, WA
Character Strong is a transformational program that has made a huge impact in our school, and in my classroom. I have always felt like I had a focus on relationships with my students, but this program takes it to another level.
Dyan Woodward - Enterprise MS, WA
To any teacher that has been in the trenches, is a dedicated professional, who is all about the kids, CharacterStrong is for you! This program will transform YOU! and your teaching will be better.
Travis McClelland - Enterprise MS, WA