Online Curriculum

For schools with 1:1 laptop/ipad programs

How it works

Traditional Curriculum

Includes teacher binders, textbooks and workbooks

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Easy to Implement

Discover the variety of ways schools use this program



Explore the more than 10 years of research behind the program

Research results

Common Core Ready

Learn how we meet 80% of the ELA standards

Common Core

The Curriculum

If you are looking for a comprehensive, user-friendly, high-interest curriculum to teach character and leadership to secondary students, you are in the right spot. The Character Development & Leadership (CDL) Program has 15 years of supporting research, it is aligned with the ELA Common Core Standards, and the lesson plans meet the diverse learning styles of students.

Administrators say the CDL Program improves the school climate and teaches valuable 21st century skills. Teachers say that it is complete and easy to teach. Students say it is engaging, challenging and relevant to their lives. After 15 years of development, feedback and research, we just say that it works! We know that this program changes students, changes schools and changes communities.

This program is well-organized and has a consistent set of 10 lesson plans to teach each of the 18 character/leadership traits. Schools begin by purchasing the lead curriculum for the teacher and at least a classroom set of the Role Model textbooks for the students. Together, this creates a complete program that includes role models textbook readings, ethical dilemmas, lectures, basic skills, writing assignments, www assignments, quote exercises, character movies, virtual leadership principles and an updated weekly blog.

Unlike other programs, the CDL Program isn’t just a bunch of lesson plans thrown together to be used as a filler at the end of class. This program has enough material to be taught as a stand-alone elective course, used for four consecutive years in a homeroom without duplication, or integrated into already existing classes. The following is a list of ways schools implement this curriculum:

  • Elective Leadership Course
  • High School Freshmen Academy
  • Advisory or Homeroom Approach
  • English & Remedial Reading/Writing Course
  • Supplement for ESL or ELD Courses
  • Student Government (ASB) Course
  • Supplement for Career Development, Business or Health Classes
  • Teaching Modality for In-School Suspension
  • Tier I & II PBIS Intervention & RTI Enrichment

Character & Leadership Curriculum for different settings

The curriculum can be implemented in a wide variety of ways. Learn about some of the ways schools have implemented our program by clicking on the buttons below.

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Role Models: Examples of Character and Leadership serves as the textbook for the curriculum and is one of the essential lesson plans. As such, almost all schools order classroom set(s) for the students to read. This book is designed to inspire students to do better and be better. We believe the lack of role models in a child’s life creates a void that we can begin to address in this book. The Role Models textbook highlights 17 individuals who exemplify the different character traits covered in the curriculum. This book offers a mix of historical figures that have stood the test of time like Amelia Earhart, Booker T. Washington and Helen Keller, as well as contemporary figures who are worthy of our admiration, such as Pat Tillman, Sonia Sotomayor and Oprah Winfrey. Learn more about the textbook.

In 2015-2016, three new biographical chapters will be provided for each trait, essentially giving students four people to read about. Schools that choose the online curriculum will get access to all the chapters for no extra charge. This book will be more diverse, balanced and global. To provide your own input into the expanded book, please provide your suggestions here.

Why it works

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To receive more information on this program (pricing, samples of curriculum, samples of Role Models textbook, research reports, common core alignment) call Dr. Joe Hoedel (231) 938-4140, Email, call  or complete the form below.

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Dr. Hoedel’s character education curriculum is one of the few age appropriate high school curriculums available and our students buy in because he speaks their language. Students are excited about the movies and the role models that we discuss. Staff are impressed that we can address literacy concerns through the reading and writing projects. Dr. Hoedel has gone above and beyond to assist us as we adapted his program to fit our advisee program, and his curriculum provides everything our teachers need to do this with minimal time spent preparing.
Rhonda HerrickBloomer HS (WI)