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Character in Action

K-8 Curriculum

The Character In Action curriculum JK-8 offers further support for our teachers and leaders to recognize, model and promote the importance of good character. In this curriculum, schools engage in actions that focus on and support character development with a monthly theme outlined in the Character Calendar. Initially, the anti-bullying curriculum was developed to address this one key issue in a safe learning environment. The Character In Action curriculum aligns with the Ministry of Education directives and focuses on the empowerment of all stakeholders: teachers, administrators, support staff, students, parents and community members to support the board's mission statement: to empower all students to dream of the possibilities, to believe in themselves and to achieve.

Character Education is not a new curriculum: it is a way of life. Character Education is a deliberate effort to nurture and create a community that promotes the highest ideas of student achievement and citizenship. Many schools are implementing a variety of programs and in implementing these programs, all members of the school community seize the "teachable moments" to reinforce the attributes.

The Rainy River District School Board acknowledges the work of Stephen Covey's Seven Habits that encourages the development and refinement of character in all of our employees.

"Quality education includes the education of the heart as well as the head; it includes a focus on the whole person-the cognitive, affective and behavioural domains of learning. It means preparing students to be concerned citizens

who have empathy and respect for people within their increasingly diverse communities. It means providing opportunities for students to understand deeply the importance of civic engagement and what it means to be a global citizen in an increasingly interdependent global community. An approach to teaching that is infused with character development is education at its best."

"This initiative will be successful if all partners share the responsibility for the character development of students. We call upon all of our partners to join with us in nurturing the best of the human and universal qualities that our graduates need to be successful in school and in life."

Avis Glaze, 2006
Finding Common Ground:
Character Development in Ontario Schools, K-12