It's SImple! It Works!

More Than Just Character Education

Over time, kids decide what they believe about values, behaviors, and choices.
It doesn’t happen overnight.
And it always needs to be reinforced.

We equip schools, families, and communities to instill values, those inward attitudes that become outward behaviors.

By using a common language of a monthly value and it’s simple definition along with easy-to-implement resources, we help kids in schools and their families

treat others right
make smart decisions
maximize their potential

“Because students spend so much time at school, our schools offer a critically important opportunity to ensure that all students get the support and help they need to reach their full potential. Schools with high-quality character education are places where students, teachers, and parents want to be. They are places where young people do their best work because they feel safe, appreciated, supported, and challenged by their peers and the adults around them.”

—From Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education

By meeting all of the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, you can rest assured that if your school/program uses Core Essentials, you will be richly equipped with research-based methods to tackle the A-B-C elements facing character education in schools:

ACADEMICS:
State test scores, achievement gap, other evidence of academic achievement go up

BEHAVIOR:
Attendance, suspensions, referrals, involvement in service learning, graduation / dropout rates improve

CULTURE/CLIMATE:
Climate survey results that show:
• bullying rare / students feel safe
• students respect each other
• students and teachers respect each other
• adults respect each other

Using our strategy and resources, your school will be equipped to engage parents, students, and school personnel in a culture shift in your school.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Evidence-Based.

Learn more about Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education: 11 PRINCIPLES PDF

See how we match up with the American School Counselors Association’s standards: ASCA STANDARDS AND CEV 2016-2017

See how we compare with the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets: 40 DEVELOPMENTAL ASSETS AND CEV 2016-2017

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Stories + Strengths = Success

We all know that value-based school stories are easy to compile.

We love listening to them. We love to share them too!
In this world of evidence-based research, the stories still need to be backed up.
One way is through outcome measurements: school climate, attendance, discipline referrals.  The other is through measuring strengths.

Strengths are measured in four general categories:
Category > Associated Strengths
Respect > honesty, cooperation, humility, courage
Responsibility > wisdom, peace, perseverance, self-control
Relationship > love, forgiveness, kindness, gratitude
Transcendence > creativity, optimism, curiosity, spirituality

Below are links for measuring individual students’ strengths*. These links will help to determine a character strengths benchmark for your students.  (Recommended for 4th Grade and up)

Individual Strength Measures:
The Grit Scale
The Hope Scale
Meaning In Life Questionnaire (HS)
Problem Solving Inventory (MS/HS)
PGIS: Personal Growth Inventory Scale
CEI-II: Curiosity and Exploration Inventory
The Gratitude Questionnaire
Compassionate Love Scale
Modesty Subscale, HEXACO Personality Inventory
Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment (MSHS)
Meaning in Life Scale
Brief Self-Control Scale
Daily Spiritual Experiences
Heartland Forgiveness Scale
Honesty Subscale, HEXACO Personality Inventory
Authenticity Subscale, HEXACO

*Strength Scales are unavailable for spirituality, courage, creativity, respect, responsibility