• Character education introduces students to character traits and personal skills that empower them to be good citizens who are trustworthy, responsible, and caring. The character traits and personal skills reflect positive beliefs, attitudes, and mindsets; provide opportunities for self-reflection; and permit students to apply effective strategies to make decisions, solve problems, and behave responsibly.

    The standards for positive character traits and personal skills are comprised of four strands: trustworthiness, responsibility, caring, and citizenship. Each strand consists of the following character traits and personal skills:

    Trustworthiness: honesty, integrity, loyalty, punctuality, and reliability.

    Responsibility: accountability, diligence, perseverance, self-control, and self-management.

    Caring: interpersonal skills, including charity, compassion, consideration, cooperation, empathy, generosity, kindness, and patience.

    Good citizenship: having concern for the common good and the community; having respect for authority, law, justice, and the rights of others; being free from prejudice; having gratitude and school pride; being courteous, fair, and patriotic; and making responsible decisions.

    The following is a tentative plan for content delivery each month.

    August: Introductions, Norm setting, Orientation to Elementary Counseling

    September:  Respect

    October:  Self-Discipline

    November: Citizenship

    December: Empathy

    January: Determination

    February: Friendship/Healthy Relationships

    March:  Trustworthy

    April:  Attitude

    May:  Responsibility

     

    Guidance lesson activities and discussions will cover a broad range of topics, which might include but are not limited to:

    Bullying

    Being a leader

    Goal-setting

    Problem solving

    Conflict resolution

    College and career readiness

    Digital citizenship/cyberbullying

    Diversity/acceptance