Moral Education

and Relationship Building

Maria Schroeder, John Doely, Trenton Hill, Nathan Wall

"No significant learning can occur without a significant relationship." -James Comer

Why do we need moral education?

Seven Worlds of Moral Education

Implementation Ideas and Examples from Other Districts

Character Counts.org provides statistical data showing academic, behavioral, and social success stories of schools that have implemented the Character Counts program.

Character Counts Statistics

Other Character Education Program Examples and Results

   1. Kennedy Middle School (Eugene, OR)

  • 1997- Only 59% of students met Oregon's state academic standards.
  • Averaging 100 officer referrals per month.
  • 1998- (One year of program implementation) 74% of students met academic standards
  • Averaged 35 officer referrals per month.

 2. Halifax Middle School, (Halifax, PA)

The Halifax School District utilizes five guiding principles.  The guiding principles are similar to the six pillars of the Character Counts program.

Guiding Principles

  1. Destiny- Each of us is gifted with a unique potential that defines a destiny.
  2. Humility- We trust in a power and purpose beyond ourselves.
  3. Conscience- We achieve our best by an inner sense of right and wrong.
  4. Truth- Honesty is our primary guide
  5. Brother's Keeper- We help others achieve their best.

"Character education is more than a passing fad; it is the road map to building a caring school culture, a safer and more-nurturing environment, and a more responsible and responsive student body, all of which lay the foundation for improved academic performance." (Schwartz, Beatty, Dachnowicz p. 193)

Our Recommendations

After researching various approaches to moral education, here are our recommendations for promoting social and moral development:

1. School Districts could require the book "Mindset: The New Psychology of Success" required reading for all staff members for Professional Development.

2. Join the Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocacy group for character education, which is aimed to help educators and policymakers make informed decisions about character education by identifying and describing strategies that work.

3. Implement with students a program/curriculum that promotes social and moral development. We highly recommend school districts implement "40 Developmental Assets for Adolescents". "The 40 Development Assets" identifies a set of skills, experiences, relationships, and behaviors that enable young people to develop into successful and contributing adults. http://www.search-institute.org/content/40-developmental-assets-adolescents-ages-12-18

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