Workshops

Our professional staff conduct  a variety of workshops for schools, businesses and organizations.  In addition to custom sessions for your organization, we also offer workshops each summer that are open to the public.

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Anti – Bullying
Our one-day customized in-service will walk participants through understanding the significance of positive school/organization climate in generating positive behavior change.  Strategies for developing leadership effectiveness, generating a consistent school/organization-wide approach to policy implementation, and creating awareness for the responsibility all stakeholders have in tackling this issue will be presented.

Participants will be able to identify and define bullying behaviors that erode school climate, create a common vocabulary, and understand the connection between addressing these behaviors and the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship).

Under the guidance of a CHARACTER COUNTS! National Faculty trainer, participants will learn current best practices in addressing bullying behaviors and evaluate whether those are currently in place in your school/organization. Initial steps to put best practices in place, along with identification of gaps in communication throughout the school/organization and larger structure will put participants in a position to start using the Six Pillars of Character to strengthen the climate of the school/organization.

There will be whole-group, small-group, and individual exercises and activities to build a solid platform of knowledge regarding bullying behaviors, your school’s policies towards addressing them, and to develop a plan moving forward as to how  to develop a culture of kindness that will reduce unkind behavior, but will also prepare all stakeholders with next steps if they do witness or are involved in bullying.

The Six Pillars of Character provide the perfect platform to address bullying behaviors in your community while strengthening and enhancing overall school/organization climate.

Athletics: Building or Revealing Character?
Administrators, coaches, parents and community members can be a dominant force in sharing the culture and character of an athletic department.   This class will examine the impact of sports and how it impacts the social character of America through a variety of athletic models.

A Character Builder’s Toolbox
Get the tools you need to deliver the best out-of-school time experience for childcare, after school programs, summer recreation programs, camps, youth development groups and youth treatment centers and more!  The Toolbox will help you support Pre K-6th grade children build character using the CHARACTER COUNTS! framework and strategies.  You can create an environment where kids feel safe, included, and practice good character.

Character Development Seminar 4.0
This cost-effective model prepares key staff in your school or organization to lead, mentor, and facilitate the change in your school or organization.

You will learn:

  • The CHARACTER COUNTS! framework and the use of the Six Pillars of Character as a unifying language
  • Strategies for building academic achievement, character development, physical safety, and social and emotional learning in adults and children
  • Strategies to implement and integrate CHARACTER COUNTS! in schools and organizations

All materials are included:

  • Training binder with PowerPoints and reproducible handouts
  • Making Ethical Decisions, a quick guide
  • Tools and guidance to measure effectiveness
  • Ongoing support from our staff
  • Free e-newletters, free lesson plan bank, free resources

Connecting Character & 21st Century Skills
Join us and be inspired to create a more positive climate and culture in your classroom and school. Learn about the 21st Century Skills and how to integrate the skills and the Six Pillars into your teaching painlessly!

Curriculum Integration
This one-day in-service will help participants weave character education into their state standards-aligned curriculum.  It will also help bring good character to life in the participant’s  classroom and throughout the school.

Under the guidance of a CHARACTER COUNTS! National Faculty trainer, participants will discover:

  • Ways to identify teachable moments and create opportunities to reinforce basic values like respect, honesty, and fairness.
  • Strategies for integrating character into K-12 curriculum (Literacy,  Social Studies, Math, Science, English, History, Art, etc.).
  • Strategies for taking implementation efforts beyond the curriculum to significantly impact the culture of the learning environment.
  • How to create a common vocabulary of the Six Pillars of Character (Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship) to establish the foundation of school-wide integration efforts.

Instruction throughout this in-service will focus on collaboration through whole-group, small-group, and individual exercises designed specifically to build a solid understanding of curriculum integration.  Activities throughout the day will be tailored so participants can immediately begin their integration efforts upon return to the classroom and school.

Developing 21st Century Skills
In the 21st century workplace, employers increasingly look for people who can work well as part of a team. This professional development toolkit focuses on developing individuals that communicate and collaborate with efficiency and effectiveness. This course will provide research-based, experiential, action-oriented, personal and professional development designed to provide participants with knowledge, tools and strategies for shaping an intentional culture of excellence and ethics.

Excellence & Ethics Academy
In the 21st century workplace, employers look for people who can work well as part of a team.  This experiential workshop focuses on developing individuals that communicate and collaborate with efficiency and effectiveness.  You’ll learn tools and strategies for shaping an intentional culture of excellence and ethics.  Strategies are action-oriented and research-based!

Making An Impact:  A Framework for Character Development
Your introduction to character education.  Participants will gain skills and resources to help them begin a character development initiative at their school, workplace, home or community.

 

Contact Mark Wills at 515-271-1908 for more information on our workshops.
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