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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 hope all is going well. I enjoyed teaching the class. I believe it has made a difference in alll students. Some more than others, but I believe it has affected all students. One student turned a complete 180 and is starting to pass her classes.
David W. BeauchampOscoda High School (MI)
First, I want to tell you how happy Bob and I are that we selected your program for our students! They are interested in the stories in the Role Models book and give an amazing amount of effort to completing the workbook assignments!
Kathy BloodRadnor High School (PA)
Your class was a hit for our school last year, I got a lot of positive feedback from the one semester that I taught Character Development, and Leadership. This coming year I will be teaching two semester classes due to the popularity of the class.
Mike MillsPrincipal, Imbler Schools (OR)
I have been teaching your Character & Leadership Education curriculum for the past 6 years. This is my favorite class to teach. I am excited every day to come to this class, and hear what the students have to say about the subjects we cover. Each trimester the students in these classes form a unique bond that we just don’t see happen in other classes. Students love coming to class and at the end of the trimester and are so sad to leave. As a teacher, that is the most rewarding feeling we can experience. Thank you.
Rachael CannonSouthgate Anderson High School (MI)
Dr. Hoedel has discovered a unique way to relate to todays’ students. Connecting role models with key character traits, along with a brief biography, is a very effective way to reach today’s youth. Sports, military, and human interest stories are included with lessons that will keep students reading this book, and learning.
Buddy PoppsTeacher, Harper Creek High School
I think this book deserves a 10 because it gives students a chance to learn about people that are well known to children which makes it even more interesting for the children. This means that the children will learn more.
Former student
I found your book to be very inspirational and interesting. I don’t think I have read more than 5 books in my life from front to back. I am not a huge fan of reading but I did find myself becoming very interested in your book and reading about individuals with good character. I was planning on going out and buying the book just because it would be nice to have around.
Former student
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
I liked this book because it talked about real life people.
Former student
I think this class should be taught all over the U.S. because everyone can improve on their character no matter how good they think that their character is. This class is very necessary for all males. I loved it and I am glad that I took the course.
Former student