Welcome to Project CHARACTER*. Created by: Jim Carroll Joe Montecalvo. Project CHARACTER Director: Howard Krieger. Project CHARACTER*
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was established through a grant awarded by the U. S. Department of Education’s Character Education Program on October 1, 2002 to Community School District 3 of New York City. The grant was developed by James J. Carroll, Ph.D.
Project LEGAL—since 1976: implemented in 34 states
Project CRITICAL—Gifted Ed. project for Region 10 since 1996; new $3M grant: 2004--2009
Project TIPS--$7M+ Technology Challenge Grant for Bronx Schools (1999—2004)
Includes the skills of a Public Policy Analyst:
the ability to define social problems & develop new public policy solutions
Effective character ed will promote academic improvement.
respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring
justice & fairness
civic virtue & citizenship
Using analysis and technology to solve our school’s problems and create a caring environment
1. Character education promotes core ethical values as the
basis of good character.
2. ‘Character’ must be comprehensively defined to include
thinking, feeling, and behavior.
3. Effective character education requires an intentional,
proactive, and comprehensive approach that promotes the core
values in all phases of school life.
4. The school must be a caring community.
5. To develop character, students need opportunities for moral
6. Effective character education includes a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners and helps them succeed.
7. Character education should strive to develop students’ intrinsic motivation.
8. The school staff must become a learning and moral community in which all share responsibility for character education and attempt to adhere to the same core values that guide the education of the students.
9. Character education requires moral leadership from both staff and students.
10. The school must recruit parents and community members as full partners in the character-building effort.
11. Evaluation of character education should assess the character of the school, the school staff’s functioning as character educators, and the extent to which students manifest good character.
Caring Schools and Improved Academic Performance
(1) Curriculum Restructuring to focus on the Six Pillars of Character—respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, caring, justice and fairness, and civic virtue and citizenship—in all content courses and on school-wide social problems,
(2) Implementation and Training among five new target schools each year: summer workshop, 4 release days, Saturday & after school workshops
Technology Center: 425 W. 123rd
August 28-30: 8:30—3:00
(per session pay rate)
(3) Integrating Computer Applications—The Character Education Public Policy Analyst (CEPPA) and The Public Policy Analyst (PPA), all of which develops
(4) Learning standards in both character and academic achievement related to the new NY content standards.
Review project goals with principal
Select LT Members: Must be able to attend August workshop and lead after school workshops
Check e-mail for listserv messages
LT members attend workshop
Implementation begins with after school committee meetings
Committees develop and implement new school policies
Release Day Workshops
…then CHARACTER will achieve its goals and objectives in our five target schools