thank you for YOUR passion for education & character!
Join us in Houston or Dallas on October 30th for our 1-Day CharacterStrong Training!
As promised, here is your 40 Week Staff CharacterDare!
CharacterStrong in Houston & Dallas!
We will be hosting our signature 1-Day Training, "Creating a Culture That Cares," in Houston, TX and Dallas, TX on October 30th!
Join us for our full day model that goes in-depth on weaving character and social-emotional skills into your classrooms and campus culture.
Advisory Curriculum (MS) - Samples
- 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
Advisory Curriculum (HS) - Samples
- Grade 9, L03: Personality vs Character
- Grade 10, L09: Emotional Intelligence – Motivation
- Grade 10, L18: Growth Mindset – Multiple Perspectives
- Grade 11, L11: Civil Discourse – Types of Communication
- Grade 12, L22: Life List Introduction
Houston Kraft: Cultivating a Culture of Compassion
“Culture goes much deeper than a mission statement. It is how group members actually behave, repeatedly and habitually.” -James Hunter
Culture exists in three circles: Clarity, Competence, and Consistency. Oftentimes, campuses have 2 of the 3, but that leaves us with a few problems
A Culture of No How: We know what is important and we see/talk about it often, but the staff or students don’t have the skills to bring the vision to life. It is a culture that is busy, but not productive.
A Culture of No Why: We teach a lot of skills, we talk about our culture often, but there is no deep buy-in or clear, unifying purpose. It is a culture that is busy, but not passionate.
A Culture with No When: Inspiration doesn’t mean application. A big message with little follow through is like going the gym ONCE. It is a culture of inconsistency - a culture of good ideas, but no habits.
A CharacterStrong Culture is when all three intentionally intersect. We do this by creating deep purpose in students and staff, teaching the competencies required for compassion and connection, and creating simple, practical ways to consistently weave these SEL and character conversations & skills into the daily fabric of our classrooms and campuses.
John Norlin: Infusing Character and Social Emotional Learning into the Daily Fabric of your School
Leadership is all about relationships. We MUST put our focus here if we want all students to be successful. Put your focus on the little things (relationships) and the big things (school culture) get better.
Everyone needs Character Development. If all we do is focus on end of the year test scores we are only giving students 30%-50% of what they need to be successful.
We need to ask the Question That is Not Getting Asked, which is, “What Are You Doing For Others Today?” We must, implicitly and explicitly, infuse this into the daily fabric of our school with both students and adults if we want the ideal school culture.
Great educators S.E.R.V.E.: Start Intentionally, Engage Relationally, Respond with Empathy, Values Practiced Daily, and Exit Intentionally.
Quiet - Susan Cain
Grit - Angela Duckworth
Daring Greatly - Brene Brown
The Servant - James C. Hunter
Character Compass - Scott Seider
The Power of Habit - Charles Duhigg
The Road to Character - David Brooks
Mindset: The New Psychology of Success - Carol Dweck
The World’s Most Powerful Leadership Principle - James C. Hunter