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A Proven Curriculum for Teaching Character Education & Leadership Development in Middle/High School that Supports English (ELA & ELD) Common Core Standards

The Curriculum

curriculumThis research-based curriculum is designed to improve the character and leadership traits among high school, middle school and alternative school students. Approximately 60% of the schools currently using this curriculum teach this as a stand-alone course, using it as an elective leadership course or as mandatory class for their freshmen academy. Others target specific populations in their school, such as at-risk populations, upperclassmen showing leadership potential or student government members. The other 40% of schools choose to integrate this curriculum into other core classes, such as social studies, business, career development, JROTC, health, English or P.E. Homeroom and advisory concepts are also a popular way to use this curriculum over three or four years.

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Character & Leadership Curriculum for -

At each of these educational levels, this character education curriculum provides students with the necessary skills to be successful in all facets of their lives. Students and teachers alike come to rely on the consistent weekly lesson plans of ethical dilemmas, lectures, character movie segments, leadership principles, current events, core readings from The Role Models textbook, basic skills and expository writing assignments.


The Role Models Textbook

textbookRole Models: Examples of Character and Leadership serves as the textbook for the curriculum. We believe kids need positive role models to look up to and emulate. Unfortunately, many kids today report they do not have role models. Other times, the role model is, at best, a curious choice. 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, Christopher Reeve and Oprah Winfrey. Quizzes and vocabulary lists accompany each chapter.

Why this Program Works?


I just wanted to drop a quick note to let you know that our Leadership class is going great! The students are really enjoying the class. Thank you for creating this wonderful class.
Will StoneAscension Christian High School (LA)
I liked this book because it talked about real life people.
Former student
While taking this class I have not only learned to better myself, but I have made an impact on one persons life due to what I have learned. I helped to guide one individual down the right path in return I saw a great outcome? Thank you for this class it is really changing the world one person at a time.
Former student
I am one of the students at Aplington-Parkersburg High School involved in the Character Leadership class derived from your materials. I wanted to send you my gratitude for everything you have done for us as a class and me as an individual. The fact that you made the long commute just to visit with us to help improve your course materials shows your dedication to your work. The world needs more unselfish people like you. What I am most thankful for though, is how you have changed my life personally. You have helped me back onto the path of life on which I want to travel on. I can feel myself changing into the man I want to become and for that I cannot thank you enough.
Former student
The topic is extremely relevant to our school and student body. The presentation allowed us to get the ball rolling to implement change and impact students.
AlaynaTeacher, Waubonsic Valley High School (IL)
I am an Agriculture teacher and FFA Advisor in Washington State and created a new class, Ag Leadership and Communication, six years ago as a way to teach leadership skills to my upper division agriculture students and FFA officers. I struggled for several years with developing the curriculum for the class that allowed for flexibility, adequately hit all of the key leadership standards, and kept the kids engaged throughout the semester. I found the Character Development and Leadership curriculum three years ago and it has become the backbone of the leadership component of the class. I love this curriculum because it is up-to-date, students relate to it, and it is easy for me to flexibly implement it into my curriculum. I knew that when I ordered the curriculum that the kids would love the video portion of the curriculum, but what surprised me most was how much they enjoyed the textbook. I would recommend this curriculum to anyone looking for an outstanding leadership curriculum.
Tony KernMoses Lake High School (WA)
This book is very good and has very good role models in it but I gave it a 9 because everything has room for improvement.
Former student
This curriculum is very engaging! Our students love it! We use it as a freshman only stand-alone course! The demographics of our district and community pose unique challenges to our students and teachers. Divorce, poverty, and fragmented families are the majority. Therefore at Fort Madison, we feel that the Character and Leadership curriculum is the foundation for future traditional academic growth. As the Head football coach, I reference this with our players on a daily basis!
Todd McGughyFort Madison High School (IA)
I think that the curriculum presented was well researched and proven to be effective. I enjoyed the “personal feel” of the workshop and recommend it to others.
SandyCounselor, Millbrook Middle/Junior High (AL)
I really liked the book because it talked about people that I really admire and it taught me how to be more like them so I can succeed at the goal of my future.
Former student