State of the District: CharacterCounts!
Implementation of Key Initiatives
- Approximately 110 teachers, staff members, and administrators, and approximately twenty parent/community members have participated in three day, intensive CHARACTER COUNTS! trainings led by trainers from the Michael Josephson Institute.
- CHARACTER COUNTS! activities are being implemented at all sites in the district. Activities vary by site.
- Parents from across the district were invited to an evening assembly in 2010 where the Six Pillars of Character and the CHARACTER COUNTS! program was explained by trained CHARACTER COUNTS! representatives.
- The District Parent Education Committee hosted Michael Josephson, founder of CHARACTER COUNTS!, for a Parent Education presentation. In addition, Michael Josephson spent a full day with administrators, teachers, staff, Board members, and parents discussing CHARACTER COUNTS!
- CHARACTER COUNTS! is an agenda/discussion item at all Wellness Council meetings.
- Expanding implementation of CHARACTER COUNTS! throughout the community remains a district-wide goal.
How do we measure success?
- A common vocabulary and a shared understanding has been established throughout the district. The Six Pillars of Character are now widely known.
- Schools continue to expand and build upon CHARACTER COUNTS! activities.
- The Six Pillars of Character are integrated into relevant lessons.
- Parents are integrally involved in supporting CHARACTER COUNTS; they are developing resources, connecting with teachers and administrators, and planning activities.
What are the challenges?
- The intensive, three day CHARACTER COUNTS training is the most effective way to deeply understand the CC! philosophy. However, training is very expensive. Finding funding for additional trainings has been challenging.
- Continuing to build a shared understanding and expanding CC! into the community is a continual challenge.
What are the next steps?
- Parents have graciously offered to find grade level resources that can be used by teachers each site.
- We need to continue to build a communication network among schools so that CC! ideas and information can be shared.
- Obtain funding and plan for an additional CC! training in June 2012.
- Continue to maintain connections with Michael Josephson and the CHARACTER COUNTS! network.
- Continue to work with the Acalanes High School District and partner/community organizations so that CHARACTER COUNTS! is implemented as a community-wide program.