Multi-Year Initiatives for Schools, School Districts, Counties, or States
A variety of school districts, counties, and states have contracted with Character.org for multi-year initiatives where services are customized according to need. The combination of professional development products described, are utilized to specifically tailor learning for optimal benefit.
Customized School-Based Professional Development
Schools, realizing their own unique needs and priorities, incorporate comprehensive and multi-tiered focus on character development addressing priorities in the community which may include assessment of culture and climate, academic integration and social-emotional learning. Character.org and school leaders work together to assess and subsequently develop comprehensive focus tailored to meet the needs of the schools.
Character.org can work with character education steering committees to establish an evaluation plan that includes both qualitative and quantitative data collection, beginning with baseline data collection so that benchmarks and priorities can be set intelligently.
Character.org has long-term initiatives that require a local “coach”, trained by Character.org with an excellent professional background. The Character.org coach acts as a facilitator and guide, meeting regularly with a school’s character education committee and leadership. Character.org coaches assist staff in problem-solving and act as a resource. At times, they may provide professional trainings. They help the school move forward, overcoming obstacles. They do not function as consultants nor tell the staff what to do.
Schools hire expert Character.org consultants for a day to do follow-up on previous work or to participate in early planning discussions. In cases where schools cannot release teachers to visit with the Character.org consultant, the consultant will “live” at the school for the day and the teachers visit when they have a free period.
Training of Trainer (TOT) Seminars with Apprenticeship
Currently, Character.org holds at least one TOT each year, looking for individuals who might be a good fit to work as a Character.org trainer. Candidates must have a related background, be familiar with schools and school culture issues, and have an upbeat approach to public speaking. The program is a 5 day intensive training that includes practice presentation. Candidates should be able to work on a part time basis.
In order to complete the TOT and be ready to represent Character.org at trainings, there is an extensive apprenticeship period that varies for each candidate.
Character.org’s partners who provide motivational speaking and keynote presentations are life-long character educators who have extensive experience and success in their field.
In summary, Character.org’s professional development is designed to enable schools to transform their climate and culture by positively supporting social-emotional and character development which translates to increased student success. We help with the big picture, strategic action planning and skill acquisition to make a difference in the lives of the individual, the school; and hence, the community and the nation.
If you would like to find out more information about professional trainings, contact Tamra Nast at Tamra@character.org.