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[...] there are data and other ways to measure results. Since the implementation of the character education program, the following have occurred (2001-2008 data): * The number of discipline referrals decreased from 98 to 36. * The number of As, Bs and Gs increased by 4 percent. * Drug, alcohol, tobacco and vandalism incidents went from 98 to 6. * The average daily student attendance increased from 92.3 to 94.8 percent.
CLASSROOM CONNECTION Effective Character Education at Sentinel Career Center By Pat Huston-Holm EVERy FRIDAy, SENTINEL CAREER CENTER STUDENTS AND STAFF have fairness, caring, responsibility, trustworthiness, respect and citizenship on their backs—a white-lettered message on the burgundy T-shirts they wear. Ev- erybody from the custodian to the student to the teacher will tell you that these are more than words. Along with honesty, mutual support, self motivation and more, these qualities are practiced as part of the school’s character education program— PHOTO COuRTESY OF SENTINEL CAREER CENTER and it’s working. The Sentinel Career Center, located in Tiffin, Ohio, was a recipient of the 2010 National Schools of Character Award, announced by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) in May. In October, Sentinel, along with 14 other recipients around the country, will be honored Each year approximately 50 Sentinel students and staff help the Lions Club during the National Forum on Character make popcorn balls to sell to the community for the club’s service projects. Education in San Francisco. Recipients will provide details on their programs in schools’ paperwork documenting their education with the Ohio Department of breakout sessions and will be highlighted climate and activities aligned with the Education. OPCE partnered with the in a 2010 “award-winning practices” principles, some schools are chosen for department to provide professional devel- booklet. Sentinel is the first career center a site visit. A Blue Ribbon Panel of five opment in character education to the 40 and the third Ohio school to receive this noted professionals in character education Ohio schools and districts that received designation since the award began more makes the final selection. small grants in the late 1990s. Since that than 10 years ago. The school was a state “Since early this year there has been first character education push by former recipient and a national finalist before widespread media attention on bullying Sentinel Director Hank Elchert, the getting the top award. of students and the horrific consequences, career center has been making continuous and all because of the way they were progress in implementing a comprehen- So What is a School of Character? treated by peers at school,” Frontera said. sive program that integrates good char- Lucy Frontera, executive director for “Let’s do what we can to focus on the acter in everything the school does. The Ohio Partners in Character Education schools that are doing what they can to process and the persistence at the career (OPCE), points to the 11 Principles of reinforce positive moral actions. Sentinel center have been rewarding and fun to Effective Character Education. As the is one of those schools.” watch, Frontera said. cornerstone of the CEP philosophy, the She recalls her first connection with “Ohio’s career-tech schools are ahead principles serve as a guideline for School Sentinel when it participated in a of other high schools in recognizing the of Character planning. After evaluating state-funded pilot project in character importance of character education,” she 8 T e c h n iq u es SEPTEMBER 2010 www.acteonline.org Character Education Strategy Examples
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