SCHOOLING FOR CHARACTER: WHEN EVERYONE IS WATCHING. ACIS 2012 TRUSTEE/HEAD WORKSHOP Daniel Hettleman, Ph.D. October 12, 2012. The true test of a person's character is what he/she does when no one else is watching . .
ACIS 2012 TRUSTEE/HEAD WORKSHOP
Daniel Hettleman, Ph.D.
October 12, 2012
The best way to teach character is to create an environment where it as if everyone is watching.
Character education is a national movement creating schools that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through emphasis on universal values that we all share. It is the intentional, proactive effort by schools, districts, and states to instill in their students important core, ethical values such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others (Character Education Partnership)
Independent School Association of the Central States completed an alumni survey with data from over 5,000 alumni and alumni parents:
Jacques Benninga and colleagues, California elementary schools.
“Character and Academics: What Good Schools Do” (2006), Benninga, J.S., Berkowitz, M.W., Kuehn, P., and Smith, K. Phi Delta Kappan, Vol, 87, No. 6, pp. 448-452.
Higher scores were most consistently and strongly related to the following four aspects of character education:
1. Parent and teacher modeling of character and promotion of character education
2. Quality opportunities for students to engage in service activities
3. Promoting a caring community and positive social relationships
4. Ensuring a clean and safe physical environment.
An INSTITUTION is:
STYLE OF INTERVENTION
“The ongoing nature of advisory groups and the ability to build trust and rapport has really allowed for more in-depth discussion and exploration of core values.”
---Byrna Cunningham, K-8 counselor, Alexander Dawson
“The small size of advisory, 8-9 students, creates a trusting and bonded atmosphere for students to talk about and practice many issues, such as integrity, diversity, compassion, critical thinking, perseverance, etc. Students get to contribute, have fun, and even run advisory, giving them ownership.”
---Ben DeVoss, middle school counselor, Graland Country Day
Kathy Riley, Graland Country Day School
What Works in Character Education:
A research-driven guide for educators
Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D., Melinda C. Bier, Ph.D. (2005), Character Education Partnership
It takes at least three years to begin to make a positive impact on a school-wide culture; substantial effects are often only seen after five to seven years.