The following are a few of the Sentinel
Career Center strategies for character
• Create a visual reinforcement of character
PHOTO COuRTESY OF SENTINEL CAREER CENTER
education. At Sentinel, there are T-shirts,
bulletin board messages, posters and a
slogan of “Character Counts: 24/7.”
• Help local organizations with fundraisers.
Some of the recipients of Sentinel
assistance are the Lions Club, Salva-
tion Army, Special Olympics, America
These banners at Sentinel Career Center highlight the school’s commitment to character education. Cancer Society, a local soup kitchen,
and an animal shelter.
said. “They know that employers want • The number of discipline referrals • Incorporate core values in teacher lesson
workers who are honest, who show up for decreased from 98 to 36. plans. One example is a teacher who
work on time and who can work indepen- • The number of As, Bs and Cs took the word “reliable” and asked
dently as well as on teams. What happens increased by 4 percent. students to provide individual definitions
at Sentinel is very authentic.” • Drug, alcohol, tobacco and vandalism and to describe several ways they are
incidents went from 98 to 6. reliable. Additionally, ethical standards
Characteristics of • The average daily student attendance are part of core competencies in technical
an Effective Program increased from 92.3 to 94.8 percent. content standards that are used in each
Sentinel Director Elissa Heal acknowl- career pathway program.
edged that impl