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. In addition to the lesson plans in the curriculum, the complete program includes readings from the role models textbook, 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.
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, common core alignment) call Dr. Joe Hoedel (231) 938-4140, Email email@example.com, call or complete the form below.
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