New Education Strategies Create Districtwide Changes

Hamilton City School District, Hamiliton, O.H.

During the 2005 school year, Janet Baker, Hamilton City School District's superintendent, decided to require character education in all buildings and departments in the district. Each building principal or department head developed strategies to intentionally model and teach character and to monitor the strategies' implementation. A district-level position, director of social responsibility, was appointed in the spring of 2007 to oversee this growing initiative. Next, Hamilton created an infrastructure designed to include adults as character role models, elicit strong community support, and increase involvement from social service agencies and business partners.

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