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A Proven Curriculum for Teaching Character Education & Leadership Development in Middle/High School that Supports English (ELA & ELD) Common Core Standards

The Curriculum

curriculumThis research-based curriculum is designed to improve the character and leadership traits among high school, middle school and alternative school students. Approximately 60% of the schools currently using this curriculum teach this as a stand-alone course, using it as an elective leadership course or as mandatory class for their freshmen academy. Others target specific populations in their school, such as at-risk populations, upperclassmen showing leadership potential or student government members. The other 40% of schools choose to integrate this curriculum into other core classes, such as social studies, business, career development, JROTC, health, English or P.E. Homeroom and advisory concepts are also a popular way to use this curriculum over three or four years.

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Character & Leadership Curriculum for -

At each of these educational levels, this character education curriculum provides students with the necessary skills to be successful in all facets of their lives. Students and teachers alike come to rely on the consistent weekly lesson plans of ethical dilemmas, lectures, character movie segments, leadership principles, current events, core readings from The Role Models textbook, basic skills and expository writing assignments.


The Role Models Textbook

textbookRole Models: Examples of Character and Leadership serves as the textbook for the curriculum. We believe kids need positive role models to look up to and emulate. Unfortunately, many kids today report they do not have role models. Other times, the role model is, at best, a curious choice. 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, Christopher Reeve and Oprah Winfrey. Quizzes and vocabulary lists accompany each chapter.

Why this Program Works?


I would really like to thank you for your help in getting the curriculum sent over to me this Fall, I believe it in fact saved my life. I can honestly say that it works; the kids found it interesting, inspiring and impacted them in ways that will not be seen just in the classroom. As a teacher I found the resources very teacher-friendly and was very impressed with how laid out every week was and how all the weekly activities fit seamlessly together.
Mark NelsonHighview Alternative (MN)
Thank you so much for creating this curriculum. I am so excited about all the changes that are happening here because of it! The leadership curriculum has been such a powerful and impacting tool to helping young people learn how to deal with situations and dilemmas they face in everyday life. Again, thank you.
Becca LandersTexas Leadership Charter Academy, San Angelo, TX
I really liked the book because it talked about people that I really admire and it taught me how to be more like them so I can succeed at the goal of my future.
Former student
Great curriculum, great presentation, easy to follow and entertaining.
SerenaCounselor, VOA Phoenix Alternative (MN)
This is exactly what adolescents need to be reading in school. This book raises the bar for our youth, inspiring them to reach their full potential. We all need role models and this book provides 17 outstanding people to look up to and emulate.
Harold SmithPrincipal, Parkland High School
My name is Janelle Odinga and I am a secondary education major at Michigan State University. I first became familiar with your program while volunteering at an alternative high school in Lansing last year. Since then, I’ve done a lot of reading about it and I am amazed. I just wanted to drop you a quick line and let you know how excited I am to share this program with other people. Thank you for addressing some of the most critical issues that are facing young students today. I can’t wait to have this in my own classroom.
Janelle Odinga
When I started this class I was on the road to no success. After this class, I looked at things in a completely different way. I no longer smoke pot And I have cut down a lot with drinking alcohol. I have also got a $10,000 scholarship so that I can become a teacher. Over all this class has had a great effect on my life.
Former student
The text book was great; I just wished that it was a year around class because there is so much that we can do with what they teach us in this class and we can bring it out to our community.
Former student
I thought the book was great. The chapters were just the right length!
Former student
I rate this book a 10 because everyone in this book has overcame obstacles and became successful and are now role models.
Former student