Thank you for your passion for creating safer schools and focusing on teaching the whole child!
Join us at one of our upcoming 1 or 2-Day CharacterStrong Trainings!
As promised, here is the 40 Week Staff CharacterDare!
1-6 hour professional development focusing on our signature CharacterStrong Culture model - a working foundation of clear and common purpose for this work, building and clarifying the competencies necessary for staff and student success, and giving practical and consistent opportunities for the practice of this content so it becomes a part of the daily fabric of your school.
Fast-paced, interactive, and filled with ideas and resources that your staff can put into action RIGHT NOW - it will be a PD day that your campus or district won’t forget!
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
WSSDA Recaps & Resources
@CAREACTER: Student Well-Being and Safety
At the core of our work it is all about relationships.
When anxiety goes up, empathy goes down. This connects to school safety.
“The average teenager today has as much anxiety as the average psychiatric patient in the 1950s.” -Dr. Tim Elmore
“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.
How do you want your students, staff, and school to feel each day?
When we expect we affect. We need to move our expectations beyond basic classroom rules.
The problem: “80% of youth say that their parents care more about them achieving then whether they are caring toward others, even though parents say they believe the opposite.”
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.
The work of social emotional learning and character development is the plate! If we don’t believe this and act on it, we will continue to pile things on broken plates.
@JOHNNORLIN: Infusing Social-Emotional Learning and Character into Your School’s Daily Fabric
“Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” -Peter Drucker
We need to teach each other to switch our thumbs:
Breakthrough conditioned responses
Take what is not normal and make it normal
Make kindness normal
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
Real Definition of School Spirit - To get all students and staff to want to come to school vs feel like they have to come to school.
True Tier 1 - (Universal Supports)
School to Student Focus
Staff to Student Focus
Student to Student Focus
Student to Staff Focus
Student to Family Focus
Who Needs Character Development? A: Everyone
We have “Fragile Thoroughbreds” with even our highest achieving students crumbling when faced with adversity.
We can infuse Social Emotional Learning and Character into the daily fabric by implementing the S.E.R.V.E. Model
Start Intentionally - 4 at the Door + 1 More
Engage Relationally - High Leverage practices throughout the staff.
Respond with Empathy - PROMPT Method
Values Practiced Daily - Ask the question that is not getting asked through intentional characterdares for students and staff.
Exit Intentionally - Each day, each class, each year.
CharacterStrong lessons intentionally bring these together by focuses on the soft skills of SEL that support the hard, relational work of character practice.
Trust the Process
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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
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