Pierce Elementary underwent a significant transformation as a result of adopting character education as its focus. The changes have impacted students and staff alike. The administration, along with the leadership of the Character Education and Wellness committees, have all played positive roles in this transformation. The touchstone, Pierce Path, unified the school community with a common language, and projects such as the Family Path (the opportunity for families to create their own touchstone and highlight core values) are universally recognized at the school. Several school-wide events focused on character are held throughout the year, including Spirit Week, Peace Day, and assemblies. The school utilizes “town meetings” by grade level and allows for ample reflection at the student level. The addition of a shared grade-level planning time helped to rejuvenate and inspire teachers and led to formation of an Ethical Learning Community.
Lesson Plan: PAW-SOME Readers
The goal of the lesson is to give the students a reading incentive during March – Reading Month. Additionally, the students will discuss the core values with their families making the values more widely known.
Promising Practice: Pierce Ecology Club
The children in this group decided to raise money to adopt a cougar which is an endangered animal indigenous to Michigan.
Promising Practice: Daily Reflection Card
The Daily Reflection Card allows students to reflect on their own character every day. They learn to associate good behavior with good character and can see the positive outcomes in their relationships and achievement.