Tagged “Character Education”

School Community Fosters Ethical, Responsible, and Caring Young People

California Avenue School, Uniondale, N.Y.


California Avenue School's character education program began with a desire to create a school community that fosters ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share. A survey of all stakeholders identified core, ethical, and civic values such as respect, friendship, kindness, honesty, and responsibility to focus on throughout the school year. Through class meetings, class jobs, student council, and the Character Education committee, students have a voice in their classroom. They feel ownership of their accomplishments, in control of their education, and responsible for their academic successes.

Service-Learning improves School and Community

Brentwood Middle School, Brentwood, M.O.


Educators at Brentwood Middle School, a school that consistently makes AYP and has parent involvement and no major behavioral concerns, decided to perform a complete overhaul of its culture and daily activities. Why? They did not want to become stagnant or settle for good; they want to strive for excellence. Teachers infuse character into lessons. Students create service learning projects to improve the school and community. Parents and community members flock to volunteer their services. BMS has become more than good; it is an excellent place to learn and grow. Excellence in all we do and say, that is the Brentwood way!

Students, Staff, Families, and the Community help School Flourish

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, Sandy, U.T.


Blessed Sacrament's character education (CE) initiative has flourished in the past five years to encompass the support of students, staff, families, and the community. A proactive administration has enabled staff to attend professional development and inservice opportunities. Staff members have come to embrace the program through attendance at national conferences. Parents have come on board through efforts by H.S.A. and intentional inclusion of CE at Parent Information Night with discussions on Community of Caring and CE at the school and the partnership involved to form a community of caring.

Rural School Teaches Value of Compassion, Friendship, Respect, and Self-Discipline

Berkeley Elementary School, Moncks Corner, S.C.


This rural Title I school serves 670 students from four-year-old preschool through second grade. For students with diverse ethnicities (52 percent minority) and a wide socioeconomic range, Berkeley Elementary School strives to provide a character education program that teaches the values of acceptance, compassion, friendship, respect, and self-discipline. They want their students to be able to get along and work together in groups that reflect the diversity that exists in society today. The school realizes that a child that cares for all humanity will reach his or her full potential. Learning is more than reading and math. It is about educating the whole child.

Ethical Learning Community creates successful 21st Century Learners

Allen Creek Elementary School, Rochester, N.Y.

Allen Creek Elementary School embraces the belief that character is developed through work at school; for that to occur, there must be an Ethical Learning Community where all members support and challenge one another. ACES believes that the integration of character into all aspects of the school experience is critical to the success of the 21st century learner, and that it is needed to meet the many state and federal mandates.

Community Eductaion Goals Empower School

Cimino Elementary School, Valrico, F.L.

Cimino’s character education (CE) story began 10 years ago, when it opened. It was imperative that the new Cimino family enter a welcoming environment, so a CE Committee comprising faculty, parents, community members, and students was developed. The Committee developed CE goals to empower the school’s mission, according to the population’s needs. Ten traits have become paramount in Cimino’s efforts to achieve a school population comprised of enthusiastic individuals who love doing what is right. Teachers conduct lessons, model appropriate behaviors, and spread the character fever to all students.

School Culture bridges School’s Socioeconomic Divide

Lawrenceville Elementary School, Lawerenceville, N.J.


Located in a small suburban community midway between Trenton and Princeton, the students of Lawrenceville Elementary School are both culturally and socioeconomically diverse. Bridging the socioeconomic divide is a challenge that LES faces. LES seeks to ensure that all children feel like they are included and that they belong to the community. The school culture emphasizes kindness, caring, and safety. LES is a place where all children embrace and respect the same core values. LES continues to strive for academic excellence, having met all AYP indicators for nine consecutive years. LES's state test scores are consistently the highest elementary scores in the school district.

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.

Missouri School provides a “Home Away from Home” for Students

Ellisville Elementary School, Ellisville, M.O.

Ellisville Elementary is not just a school; it’s a home away from home where smiles are simply a way of life. Students arrive eager to learn each day and leave anxious to return to EE’s warm and inviting environment. First-time visitors to EE consistently comment on the friendliness of the staff and students and the welcoming atmosphere. At EE, we believe that character education (CE) is an integral part of the elementary learning experience. EE began CE in 1992; in 2008, teachers expanded their efforts by focusing on creating stronger classroom communities through class meetings.

School Environment gives School Community a Strong Sense of Belonging

Henry Raab Elementary School, Belleville, I.L.


Under direction from the principal, Henry Raab Elementary School formed a Leadership Team (LT). It was this collaborative group that identified the school's core values, mission and vision, and school pledge. As its program strengthened its focus on core values, staff began looking for other ways to enhance the school environment. Through surveys and discussions, the main goal became to ensure that all members of the school community felt a strong sense of belonging. The school also began focusing on teamwork and intrinsic recognition. HRES's celebrations ensure that no child is left out. Core values and teamwork are the focus of each day.

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