Making in the area of Character Education
School-wide Character Education
Having the whole school work together brings a momentum to character education that is easier to sustain. All it takes is one person committed to character education. If you are that one person and you would like to see character education in your school, follow these steps:
1. Learn about character education. (Books, articles, workshops, organizations; Learn what policies are already in place)
2. Contact key groups for recruitment.
3. Set up a small team, council, task force or steering committee. Include on it: parent, teacher, student, recent graduate, administration, guidance counselor, support staff (secretary, custodian, etc.), community member.
4. Develop premises (beliefs) about moral values.
5. Identify target values
a. Draft a target statement and logo. Boil it down into something sharp and clear, a target likely to inspire enthusiasm and commitment ("Character Counts" or "Albuquerque: The City where Character Counts").
b. Share the target statement widely and get reactions.
c. Needs analysis: Survey school staff, parents, students, community leaders (political, business, clergy, heads of youth services).
d. Assess how your school already teaches values.
e. Decide on core values.
f. Define each value and terms.
g. Write or revise mission statement.
h. Write goals/outcomes.
i. Form a resolution or position paper.
6. Develop a plan
a) short range (one year) and b) long range
Here is an example of a First Year Plan
7. Get feedback on the plan.
Present it to staff, parents and others. Incorporate suggestions for
improvement. Disseminate the revised plan.
8. Set up a parent committee which keeps parents informed, organizes parent participation and encourages parents to foster values at home. Ask parents to aim for the target.
9. Create special focus subcommittees for high priority issues: school-wide discipline, cafeteria, playground, athletics, assemblies, community service, school government. See shared spaces.
10. Evaluate the program. Have regular review and revision.
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