For Character

CHECKLIST FOR READINESS TO INITIATE CHARACTER EDUCATION

INTO THE LIFE OF A SCHOOL

 

Level of Readiness

1                    Not present

2                    Limited evidence

3                    Progress being made

4                    Acceptance

 

In considering a character education program at your school, you believe there is:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Level

    4 3 2 1
A.. Administrative commitment and support          
B. Openness to change        
C. Positive school climate        
D. Staff cohesiveness and teaming focus         
E.  Adopted school improvement plan        
F. Cooperative learning modeled           
G. Desire to have students to be responsible         
H. High expectations on the part of staff for students         
I. Staff who understand their role as models of good character        
J. Community and parent support         
K. At least 85% of staff who would support the program        
L. Concern for academic and relationship needs of students        
M. Commitment to the program for 3-5 years         
N. Understanding character education is a process and not a product         
O. Consensus on the qualities and traits of good character that will form the basis of the program        
P. A comprehensive student prevention/intervention plan in place        
Q. Detailed student discipline plan         
R. School's mission statement includes character development of students        
R. Completed needs assessment        
S. Willingness to commit to necessary training of staff, student and parents        

 

Readiness score:

 

60 80            Ready to initiate

42 59            Need to address key areas before proceeding.  Work on A,C,D,H,K,O

41 or less         Significant work is needed before beginning a character education program.