Online Classroom Curriculum

For schools with 1:1 laptop/ipad programs

How it works

Traditional Classroom Curriculum

Includes teacher binders, textbooks and workbooks

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Student Athlete Program

Develop the character and leadership of student-athletes

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Easy to Implement

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Explore the 15 years of research behind the program

Research results

Common Core Ready

Learn how we meet 80% of the ELA standards

Common Core

A Proven Character Education and Leadership Curriculum for High School and Middle School Students

If you are looking for a comprehensive, user-friendly, high-interest character education and leadership curriculum for high schools and middle schools, 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 12 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, this character education and leadership curriculum for high schools and middle schools 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.

What separates this curriculum

What Separates this Curriculum? from Joe Hoedel on Vimeo.

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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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The kids coming into JDC typically have very stressed and impoverished family backgrounds and are either starved for your attention or try to keep you as far away from knowing them as possible. What I enjoy about the lesson activities and lecture topics are the open ended discussion questions and the hypothetical scenarios that allow for the students to have a voice and share their opinion without judgment. They LOVE to be asked what they think or to be asked to create an argument for or against a topic. This promotes WILLING student involvement which is a slice of heaven. In addition, many of the topics within the curriculum hit very close to home for our students, i.e. discussing self-control, loyalty, duty, and tolerance. Often times the discussion stemming from the activity or topic takes us down a really interesting road of healthy debating, the sharing of new perspectives, and story telling which is very healthy for these students. I am enjoying this curriculum and feel that most weekly topics can be adapted to fit a variety of student cultures and populations.
Stephanie DoubetScott County Juvenile Detention (IA)