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, "Building A Positive & Safe School Culture," in Houston, TX and Dallas, TX on October 30th!
Join us for our full day model that goes in-depth on weaving character, social emotional skills, and a focus on relationships into your classroom and campus culture.
TASC Members: Bring an administrator FOR FREE!
Our Advisory Curriculum is vertically-aligned grades 6-12 with over 200 powerful, 30-minute lessons focusing on social-emotional skills, character development, and community building.
Advisory Curriculum (6-8) - Samples
- Grade 6, L11: Growth Mindset – Part One
- Grade 7, L03: Introduce the CharacterDare
- Grade 8, L17: Empathy – Part One
Advisory Curriculum (9-12) - Samples
- Grade 9, L03: Personality vs Character
- Grade 10, L09: Emotional Intelligence – Motivation
- Grade 11, L11: Civil Discourse – Types of Communication
- Grade 12, L22: Life List Introduction
Our Leadership Curriculum was built in the trenches by a former activities advisor with a focus on character and servant-leadership. 90, 60-minute lessons.
Leadership Curriculum - Samples
- Unit 2, L07: My Life of Selfishness
- Unit 3, L01: Leadership Defined
- Unit 3, L02: Active Listening – Part One
- Unit 4, L06: Power vs Influence
TASC Session Recaps & Resources
@CAREACTER: Getting your staff on board for characterstrong
“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.
@HoustonKraft: Competencies of connection
As anxiety increases, empathy decreases. We have to explicitly, more than ever teach the competencies of connection! To keep these engaging at the secondary level, we have to teach social-emotional skills alongside character development
Social-Emotional skills include: Self-Awareness, Self-Management, Social Awareness, Responsible Decision-Making, Relationship Skills.
Character Skills include: Patience, Kindness, Honesty, Respect, Selflessness, Forgiveness, Humility, Commitment.
CharacterStrong lessons intentionally bring these together by focuses on the soft skills of SEL that support the hard, relational work of character practice.
@JohnNorlin: A characterstrong leadership program
Teach them to do things differently: servant-leadership flips the traditional triangle upside-down! Not “do it or else,” but, “do it and I will meet your legitimate needs.”
Teach them they are influential! The pinky wiggle story reminds us that leadership is influence - and our influence goes well beyond what we can comprehend. Students need practical examples like holding the door or cleaning up trash after games.
Teach them that to lead is to serve: It’s not a question of whether or not you are leading - it’s a question of are you effective and are you using your influence for good or for bad?
Teach them to love: agapè love = unconditional love, not love as a feeling. This means we can love people EVEN when we don’t like them. Loved people, love people.
Teach them that there is no magic dust: this stuff is consistent hard work. It’s showing up at 6:30am and keeping a disciplined focus on the little, relational things through practices like the CharacterDares and CharacterCard.
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Webbing Loops (1 inch by 5 yards)
Raccoon Circles - The Official Internet Guide
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