A COMMUNITY ACTION PLAN
Use these practical Character Education strategies to create a way of life for children and adults in your community. In this plan you will find the 5 C's (Commitment, Consensus. Collaboration, Communication and Collecting Data) along with the 5 E's (Explore, Engage, Excite, Expand and Evaluate) that will make character count in your schools and community.
CAssess the community’s needs. Tools used will include:
CDetermine who must be involved in order to have the necessary commitment to begin CHARACTER COUNTS!
CBuild a Coalition that includes key community leaders:
CReach consensus on core ethical values
C Determine if any obstacles will stand in the way
CAgree to be purposeful in your approach with clear objectives designed to influence values and behavior.
CDevelop a vision and mission statement with a discussion on goals
CCommit to training:
a) Schedule a one-day awareness training for your community. Involve key people representing various segments of your population
b) Choose key leaders who will be your "trainer of trainers" and send them to a three-day Character Development Seminar (CDS)
c) Host a community-wide CDS for up to 35 key participants (2/3rds educators; 1/3rd community)
CCreate a common vision for your community. Determine what you would like to see happen in three to five years
CJoin the National CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition
CInteract with other schools and communities involved in similar efforts
CDetermine what data your community would like to collect.
CAssess baseline level in areas where you will be collecting data.
a) Surveys - students, parents, community
b) Level of student, parent, community involvement
c) Perceptions of community related to character education
d) Police statistics
e) School discipline statistics
CDetermine who needs information
CPrepare presentations to be given throughout the community using resources from trainings attended by key leaders
a) A ten minute overview of CHARACTER COUNTS! and the plans for implementation in your community
b) A 30 minute presentation that further explains the initiative and why it is important for your community
CEstablish a public relations/marketing sub-committee
CDevelop a web page and/or newsletter
CCreate a chart to assist in sharing the vision with others in your community
CIdentify specific strategies to implement in your community that will move the initiative from words to action.
CConnect with appropriate existing community-wide events
CInvestigate funding opportunities from local sources and grants
CBe creative in making CHARACTER COUNTS! become immersed in the life of your schools
ENGAGE AND EXCITE:
CDetermine how the strategies will engage the community to be actively involved in the initiative
CPlan and organize at least one community-wide event
CPurchase materials, banners and posters that will display messages on character in schools and throughout the community
CCreate a Community Speakers Bureau
CDesign a local handbook as a source of information about mission, strategy and structure of your Coalition
CStrive to ensure the Pillars of Character pervade all aspects of activity in your community
CPromote the importance of the Pillars through frequently repeated messages emphasizing the benefits of a common language
CTrain additional educators and community leaders using your own trainers
CDevelop a Student Leadership Team. Train middle and high school students as "Ambassadors of Character"
CPresent your CHARACTER COUNTS! initiative to as many community organizations as possible
CConsider employing paid staff to coordinate efforts either locally or with a consortium of other districts/communities
CParticipate in National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week (October)
CCompile and analyze data to determine what is working
CDetermine ways to communicate message about effectiveness of initiative
CModify action plan as needed
CIdentify ways to increase the number of individuals involved in the Coalition and the activities to be considered in future years