Family and Community Involvement

Raising Children of Character: 10 Things Parents Can Do
Tom Lickona
Drawing on stories from his own fathering experience, four decades of working with parents, and contemporary childrearing research, psychologist-educator Tom Lickona will describe and illustrate 10 tested principles of promoting character development through everyday family life.  He’ll also describe 10 strategies for reaching out to parents to strengthen the school-home partnership.  Handouts and recommended resources included.

The Community of Character
Tamra Nast
In this day and age, it is becoming more important every day to educate our communities for Character!  This interactive session is designed to help attendees spread the excitement of character education from schools/districts into the community as our students take their character with them wherever they go after they leave our buildings.  Practical steps, “take aways”, and discussion with other schools will drive the learning in this session.

The Learning Tapestry
Tamra Nast Weaving the Art of Teaching, Learning and Leading: How to pull it all together!
Join us to explore and discover the connections between character development, empowered learning, leadership and academic standards.  This exploration and discovery will encompass the importance of the roles and interactions of all stakeholder groups, as each school and district creates its own tapestry of character development, the central thread of each child’s learning journey.

Joe Palmer
HI-5 for BULLDOG PRIDE is a school and community wide partnership to promote Character Education and Development. Participants will see how a character education program can be instituted across multiple elementary schools in the same district and successfully transition to a middle school.  This session will provide resources to assist in implementing the HI-5 for BULLDOG PRIDE program, which has documented positive outcomes, in any school, district or community.

Creating a Community of Character
Scott Raecker
Character education is important for schools and student success.  Best practices indicate it is critical for communities to be fully engaged with their schools, citizens, and youth when it comes to character development.  This session explores successful tactics of leveraging school / community engagement to enhance the impact on youth through a common language and framework that impacts the entire community and involves community leaders in the development and implementation of a community-wide character program.

Working United: Supporting Schools in the Quest for Good Character
William Trusheim
As part of its education platform, the United Way of Northern New Jersey (UWNNJ) has teamed with Dr. Maurice Elias and Rutgers University, the College of Saint Elizabeth (CSE), and school districts across the Northern NJ to provide support to schools looking to address SECD. This overall initiative runs the gamut from a personalized school approach which starts with a school climate assessment protocol and moves into planning cycles which address specific areas identified by the assessment.  Labs at Rutgers and CSE do the data analysis which is shared with the schools and community.  The presenters will give examples of the assessment and data review process and lead an interactive session focused on action planning based on the assessment results.  They will also report on specific case studies from schools who have participated in the process, detailing the impact resulting from their participation.