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What​ ​is​ ​Character​ ​Strong?
Character​ ​Strong​ ​is​ ​an​ ​advisory​ ​curriculum​ ​that​ ​is​ ​all​ ​about​ ​developing​ ​meaningful​ ​relationships​ ​and serving​ ​students​ ​through​ ​social​ ​and​ ​emotional​ ​skills,​ ​character​ ​development,​ ​community​ ​building, cultivating​ ​growth​ ​mindsets,​ ​and​ ​more.​ ​​​We​ ​will​ ​be​ ​using​ ​this​ ​curriculum​ ​25​ ​Wednesday’s​ ​over​ ​the​ ​the course​ ​of​ ​our​ ​36​ ​week​ ​school​ ​year.​ ​On​ ​days​ ​we​ ​use​ ​this​ ​curriculum​ ​we​ ​will​ ​be​ ​running​ ​an advisory/pep​ ​rally​ ​schedule​ ​on​ ​campus.
 
What​ ​topics​ ​does​ ​it​ ​address?
  • Relationship​ ​building​ ​within our​ student body
  • Kindness
  • Respect
  • Selflessness
  • Forgiveness
  • Humility
  • Commitment
  • Self-Awareness
  • Growth​ ​Mindset
  • Honesty
  • Goal​ ​setting
  • Self-regulation
  • Empathy
  • Civil​ ​Discourse
 
How​ ​long​ ​has​ ​it​ ​been​ ​in​ ​existence?
The​ ​Character​ ​Strong​ ​semester​ ​leadership​ ​class​ ​has​ ​been​ ​used​ ​by​ ​schools​ ​for​ ​up​ ​to​ ​a​ ​decade​ ​with over​ ​200​ ​schools​ ​in​ ​Washington,​ ​Oregon,​ ​Texas,​ ​California​ ​and​ ​Wisconsin​ ​using​ ​it​ ​daily.​ ​The​ ​advisory curriculum,​ ​which​ ​was​ ​derived​ ​from​ ​the​ ​semester​ ​leadership​ ​class​ ​is​ ​in​ ​over​ ​100​ ​schools​ ​has​ ​been successfully​ ​used​ ​the​ ​past​ ​two​ ​years.​ ​We​ ​have​ ​used​ ​the​ ​curriculum​ ​with​ ​our​ ​THS​ ​Student​ ​Council students​ ​since​ ​2016.
 
How​ ​do​ ​we​ ​know​ ​if​ ​it​ ​is​ ​helping​ ​our​ ​students?
Each​ ​nine​ ​weeks​ ​our​ ​students​ ​will​ ​be​ ​taking​ ​a​ ​survey​ ​that​ ​measures​ ​several​ ​aspects​ ​within​ ​our school.​ ​One​ ​of​ ​these​ ​areas​ ​is​ ​the​ ​growth​ ​of​ ​our​ ​students​ ​in​ ​the​ ​measurable​ ​areas​ ​of​ ​social​ ​emotional learning​ ​including​ ​grit,​ ​growth​ ​mindset,​ ​self-efficacy,​ ​self-management​ ​and​ ​social​ ​awareness.​ ​​​We​ ​will be​ ​using​ ​this​ ​to​ ​measure​ ​the​ ​effectiveness​ ​of​ ​our​ ​implementation​ ​and​ ​the​ ​Character​ ​Strong Curriculum.
 
How​ ​can​ ​I​ ​support​ ​this​ ​with​ ​my​ ​student?
Ask​ ​your​ ​student​ ​about​ ​their​ ​learning.​ ​Give​ ​them​ ​an​ ​opportunity​ ​to​ ​talk​ ​about​ ​the​ ​takeaways​ ​they​ ​had from​ ​the​ ​lesson​ ​and​ ​what​ ​questions​ ​they​ ​have​ ​based​ ​on​ ​what​ ​was​ ​learned.​ ​​​This​ ​school​ ​to​ ​home connection​ ​is​ ​important​ ​in​ ​reinforcing,​ ​extending​ ​and​ ​applying​ ​the​ ​student’s​ ​learning.