The unrelenting focus given to improving student academic outcomes has resulted in little to no consistent and concerted efforts being given to developing student character. This is especially problematic for K-12 schools because the current concerns expressed by post-secondary institutions and workforce developers have identified a lack of soft skills as an overwhelmingly pervasive problem for incoming freshmen and new hires. Mastery of student social skills and moral character are the foundation upon which soft skills are built and used in the lives of adults.
H.O.P.E: K-12 Character Education Curriculum©:
HOPE: K-12 Character Education Curriculum© is an evidence-based curriculum that guides teachers in using Literary and Informational text in Language Arts/English and Social Studies/History courses, to develop character, problem solving and decision making skills. Teachers, students, and parents simply read the text and followed it up with HOPE questions. Studies show that schools who use HOPE build character reduce office disciplinary referrals, increase teacher overall satisfaction and student reading comprehension!
HOPE© and Family School Partnership:
Very few schools know how to meaningfully involve parents in using PBIS. HOPE© provides both parents and teachers with more than 60 scripted character building lessons designed to make character development as easy as reading a book. This curriculum helps schools and families combine their efforts to teach and reinforce desired behavior while also establishing common behavioral expectations.
The national surge in charter and private school openings has presented a very real need for school officials to pursue accreditation as a means of setting their institution’s curriculum above the fray. To accomplish this, it is recommended that school’s seeking accreditation from a reputable organization begin the process during the school’s planning phase or immediately following its opening. While this sounds overwhelming or perhaps premature, using the standards and indicators to “shape” your instructional practices, community engagement and stakeholder practices is far easier and ideal than changing them later. For information on accrediting institutions and how to get started, contact me.