The Arizona Department of Education Character Education Department has completed the provider vetting process and is proud to announce our pre-approved providers for the 2014-2015 school year! All of these programs have underwent a thorough vetting process in which their curriculum and implementation was evaluated to determine whether or not they coincide with Arizona Revised Statutes 15-719 and 15-154.01, which outlines the Character Education Matching Grant program. Local Education Agencies are encouraged to contact providers immediately to determine which program would be best served at their schools. The application will open on Thursday, May 1, 2014 and will close on Friday, June 13, 2014. If you have any questions regarding the application, please feel free to contact JoAnne McCoy at (602) 364-1971 or JoAnne.McCoy@azed.gov.
Contact Name: Andrea Samadi
Phone: (602) 999-3376
Achieve It 360 is an online Character Education Programs that Inspires Entrepreneurship- Jumpstart to Success for Schools. This program is for parents, teachers and coaches who are looking for a proven blueprint to teach character education and entrepreneurship to children ages 13 and up to inspire achievement, AZ State specific character attributes and motivate young people to make a difference in their lifetime. Jumpstart to Success REVEALS the best kept, modern secrets to raising a HIGH ACHIEVER by design and was created after 14 years of researching INDUSTRY EXPERTS and LEADERS from the top motivation speakers in the world (Bob Proctor from the movie The Secret, Mark Victor Hansen, and Presidential historian, and former Special Assistant to two American Presidents, Doug Wead). NEW, INNOVATIVE and INSPIRING CHARACTER EDUCATION PROGRAM to delivered in 11 Engaging Online Modules. Any of these modules can be hidden if not needed and can be used as stand alone.
Contact Name: Kelly Nickel
Phone: (530) 941-5207
Bucketfillers for Life helps children and adults develop and refine their social-emotional competencies through the metaphor of choosing to be a Bucketfiller as a way of life. Our programs are based on Donald Clifton’s metaphor of the “bucket, dipper, and lid.” We offer three different age-appropriate large group assemblies (K-3, 3-6, 6-8), plus deeper learning classroom or whole-grade enrichment workshops. Workshops are highly interactive and allow students extra time in a smaller group setting to work with the concept of choosing kindness as a habit. Staff development is available for certificated and classified staff, and Parent Night workshops help connect the message with all stakeholders.
Contact Name: Stephanie Orr
Phone: (623) 523-2182
Casa’s Character Education Program, Building Positive Students, Schools, and Families, provides evidence-based programs, practices, lessons, activities, and experiences which teach students, their families and school staff how to build positive Social and Emotional Learning (SEL) competencies, character and healthy relationship skills while learning how to reduce meanness and bullying to build a safe school climate. Building Positive Students, Schools, and Families is Casa’s program model which is a process of implementation and sustainability which takes places in phases called Casa’s 5 Track Model.
Contact Name: Jeff McMurdy
Phone: (800) 711-2670
CHARACTER COUNTS! Is a proven, highly effective framework that provides a student development system and creates a school improvement program. For 20 years, CC! has been helping educators improve the lives of their students by providing kids a framework for ethical living. Based on the “Six Pillars of Character,” CC! provides educators/schools the training needed to implement a highly impactful and sustainable character education program and ensure a positive school climate. CC! has also created “Model Standards for Academic, Social/Emotional and Character Development” that are aligned with every state and federal curriculum requirement for academic performance. Our training and subsequent program implementation and integration is a full service model that gives a school and its educators the tools needed to create and maintain a positive school climate.
Contact Name: Spencer Gorin
Phone: (520) 878-9223
Build Character, Make School Playgrounds Safer, and Unite Your Staff in integrating the values of empathy, compassion, initiative, respect, self-regulation, personal responsibility, trust, and problem-solving as a vital part of daily instruction. These are the positive outcomes principals and teachers report seeing in their students after their Creative Spirit Healthy Play training program was implemented. Creative Spirit’s Healthy Play IS a Solution is a program that works! Our character education, classroom and playground management, and anti-bullying program offers educators and students simple, successful and even fun techniques to learn, practice, and internalize qualities of good character, support academic standards, and promote emotional, social, and physical health. The same program also increases a school community’s ability to readdress academics in a playful and nurturing manner without adding additional burdens for hard working teachers. Based on concepts from our book, Learning to Play, Playing to Learn, our trainings and materials provide professional staff and school community members with strategies and practical “hands-on” activities to recognize, reinforce, and practice character values and skills through effective classroom and playground management. You can train your entire staff in the complete training through our six-hour training with individualized in-classroom/playground consultations or select a few teachers for our Two-day, Train the Trainer format. Unique to the Healthy Play program – our staff can work directly with students and teachers in their classrooms. As an added benefit, your staff will experience a team-building approach, which will reduce stress, build morale, and inspire creativity through informative play and discussion.
Contact Name: Kent Fahrenbruck
Phone: (405) 815-0001
The Character First curriculum provides lessons teachers can pick and choose to explain character qualities to their students. The curriculum includes Teacher’s Guides with stories, object lessons, reading assignments, or other activities for wither primary or secondary grade levels. Support materials such as posters, music, Student Guides (elementary, middle and secondary levels) and collectible Character Cards are also available to reinforce each lesson. In-service training is provided to help teachers know how character can be integrated with their regular schools activities as they emphasize good character, correct character deficiencies and reinforce positive character with praise. Live training seminars (4 hours) can be scheduled to provide on-site training for teachers and faculty, or schools can take advantage of a 6-part video series to train teachers at their own pace.
Contact Name: Wade Salem
Phone: (814) 450-6450
Character Matters provides superior training, resources and support to coaches who desire to impact their players by incorporating character within their programs. Sport provides a remarkable setting to influence not only the just player but the person as well. Character Matters has helped hundreds of coaches nationwide by giving practical tools that are both easy and effective, in order to clearly communicate character to their teams. Based here in Arizona, we are currently impacting multiple schools, coaches, teams and thousands of student athletes on a weekly basis. Our Character Matters School Package will equip coaches to incorporate character in their teams in a powerful way. Here is what we provide:
- Coaches Training: We offer exceptional training experiences for coaches on the significance of character and why coach it. Getting your coaches on board when it comes to incorporating character is absolutely critical in building a lasting foundation.
- Character Curriculum: Coaches are looking for an easy, effective and practical tool to help them clearly communicate character to their teams. This is it! A coach will receive an outstanding resource to execute a “Theme of the Week” which will help their players discover the life changing qualities during the season.
- Online Support: Coaches will receive practical tips, insights and encouragement throughout the year.
Contact Name: Diane Kline
Phone: (314) 692-1276
This district-wide evidence-based school reform program develops a healthy school culture using data driven planning, intrinsic student motivation, and collaborative classroom practices. Throughout the process these comprehensive and sustainable strategies ensure positive results such as improved academic achievement, fewer discipline referrals, and a strong sense of belonging. Over 200 schools representing urban, rural and suburban communities from 3 different states achieved evidence-based results that showed a dramatic improvement in school environment, pro-social and moral behavior, and reading and math test scores. Schools communities became more caring and student discipline referrals dropped significantly, particularly in areas related to bullying behavior.
Contact Name: Elbert Solomon
Phone: (229) 928-5900
The “I Care” Positive Parenting Character Curriculum addresses parental involvement, character development, and community involvement. The curriculum is practical, structured, and measurable. It provides a process to integrate character traits into the core curriculum of a school or district in all subject areas and grades, as well as partner with parents to simultaneously teach the character traits at home and in the community. The curriculum provides monthly character-building parenting activities, teacher lesson plans, character bulletin board messages, character posters, mastery of character trait activities, a monthly school-to-home and a home-to-school feedback process, training presentations for parents, teachers, students and community partners, a community partners implementation process, character reinforcement incentives, trade books that reinforce each month’s character trait, parent participation incentives, and monthly online measurements. The teacher lesson plan activities and character-building parenting activities are aligned with Common Core State Standards and core subject areas, respectively. The online “I Care” Curriculum components include curriculum files, a measurement system, and an “I Care” Parent Portal.
Contact Name: Sven Olson
Phone: (520) 610-1516
Ignite Nation believes that if you give students the tools to transform their education, they will. Highly performing school culture begins and ends with the individual student, yet most often the students are a school’s biggest untapped resource. We utilize student mentors to positively influence their student peers because we believe peer-to-peer engagement is the best way to instill accountability and belief in self- the cornerstones of high performing school culture. Our approach is driven by the highly acclaimed research study, “The Good and Smart High School” and the Institute for Excellence and Ethics. Ignite solutions are onsite, scalable, and affordable. These school wide initiatives will include all stakeholders in developing the necessary improvements for each individual campus, with results such as reduced discipline referrals, higher graduation rates, improved academic performance and stronger student attendance.
Contact Name: Huanrel T. Martin
Phone: (602) 793-4902
Through partnerships with Back 2 Basics Tutorial-AZ, LLC, Life Solutions of Phoenix plans to implement and educate youth on character elements such as attentiveness, citizenship, caring, forgiveness, gratefulness, initiative, respect, sincerity, trustworthiness, and responsibility. The program is anchored by the 180 Degrees curriculum and is able to provide measurable outcomes and results. Delivery methods will include multi-media presentations and group projects that will address program goals and individual student progress.
Contact Name: Karen Conover
Phone: (928) 634-5165
The KC’s Family Tae Kwon Do “Martial Arts Missions” program brings the excitement of martial arts, along with the character education lessons that are central to martial arts study, into the school environment. Kids think being a Black Belt is “cool,” so when a Black Belt comes to the school, they pay attention. The “Martial Arts Missions” program inspires students to become Black Belts in Life by challenging them with “Missions” to implement throughout the school year. Missions are geared toward promoting honesty, respect, good discipline and friendship. Students are offered positive reinforcement and are rewarded for their efforts. Through keeping busy with positive community action and activities, there will be more respect and tolerance, and fewer negative behaviors. Utilizing this proactive approach with positive reinforcement results in less bullying and disrespect in the school community, making for a happy, safe and productive learning environment.
Contact Name: Karen Gifford
Phone: (602) 403-4032
KOI Education offers professional development packages based on the Blueprint from the National Center on Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS). Offerings include our PBIS Training Academy, as well as a variety of workshop topics ranging from bullying prevention to classroom management to using data to close the achievement and discipline gap for minority students. Methods for improving school climate, character, and behavior are evidence-based, and our partner schools realize long-term, measurable effects and outcomes. Our organization provides educators, administrators and other education professionals with training, coaching, and technical assistance to enable schools to create sustainable positive teaching and learning environments for all staff and students.
Contact Name: Valencia Winfrey
Phone: (480) 525-6565
Playworks’ mission is to improve the health and well-being of children by increasing opportunities for safe, meaningful play. Our full day program has effectively improved school climate in hundreds of schools across the country by creating an organized, safe, and healthy playground where all students are engaged and active. Playworks endeavors to apply over 15 years of experience and working in low income, urban schools to Arizona schools with an emphasis on teaching and cultivating conflict resolution and character skills that students can use both on the playground and in the classroom.
Contact Name: Robert Miley
Phone: (602) 818-6959
Release the Fear (RTF) provides evidence-based Character Education workshops – Bridging Possibilities (BP) – for vulnerable youth, ages 12-17 at middle and high schools. There are 18-20 youth in our 3-day, (2-hours each day) workshops, designed as prevention programs to deter delinquency and show neglected youth they can be a positive force in their communities, their families and for themselves. Our vision is to inspire and empower kids with the tools to make better life choices.
Our Character Education workshops…
- provide tools for delinquent youth to discover anything is possible and they have a life purpose.
- utilize the creative processes of art, music and communication to teach cognitive behavioral skills to help with school work, peer pressure, bullying, gangs, and conflict resolution.
- are grounded in a research-based, whole-brain thinking process.
- include Best Practices methodology to develop meta-cognitive thought processing.
- meet AZ College Career Readiness Standards (Common Core).
We truly believe in “No Child Left Behind”; every child deserves to know they matter.
Our programs teach…
- integrity, honesty and tolerance, as well as the importance of having compassion and empathy.
- you must respect yourself in order to care for others and their opinions because individual differences matter.
- youth learn that trustworthiness is essential; they must be able to trust themselves as well as others.
- our youth accountability, to take initiative and be responsible for their actions.
- good citizenship and doing things for the common good.
By the end of the three days, having experienced trustworthiness, it has become an expectation they own – being open and impartial, responsible and teaching them to be accountable for their decisions and actions.
A statistical study of our program by the Maricopa County Juvenile Probation department demonstrates that while the overall recidivism of incarcerated youth hovers around 30%, their study of 357 youth participating in one RTF Bridging Possibilities workshop, shows them recidivating 22.8% of the time, and those participating in multiple BP workshops, recidivate only 16.2% of the time – nearly half.
With this we know that we are adding to their ability to successfully transition to the community with skills they can use as good citizens.
Contact Name: Michele Royan
Phone: (440) 263-2164
For the past seven years, Michele Royan has been providing professional development programs to faculty and administration of Valley Schools to promote the skills and competencies of Social Emotional Intelligence and Character Education. When faculty/administration are trained to model the attributes of Character Education and Social/Emotional learning for students, they feel comfortable making any lesson into a “teachable moment” supporting Character Education. It is crucial to provide training to administration, faculty, parents and students to provide an intentional structure within which the attributes of Character Education and Social Emotional Learning can thrive.
Contact Name: Lisa Hartsock
Phone: (602) 559-9399
The Be Kind People Project is the only program with the dual mission of thanking teachers, while also equipping Kindergarten through 8th grade students with character development tools to build positive and healthy relationships. Our foundation is the Be Kind Pledge, with ten attributes for children to learn and practice in the classroom, after school, at home, and in the community. We deliver classroom resources four times a year that include teacher acknowledgements and materials for students to put the Be Kind pledge into action and “pay it forward.” Our Be Kind Crew provides high-energy school assemblies. The message is reinforced with a monthly online program so teachers can bring the Be Kind Crew’s personalities, lessons, and dance moves right into the classroom.
Contact Name: Michael Holt, Ph.D.
Phone: (979) 703-6780
Our approach to character education and social emotional learning focuses on creating a high performing culture and climate, defined as the collective behaviors of the individuals within an organization. When we align behaviors to organizational outcomes, goals can be achieved. Our processes help educators model the key social emotional learning competencies to create the foundation for maintaining high-quality social relationships and shaping students’ emotional intelligence. We equip, empower, and coach school personnel to systemically implement our research proven strategies for one purpose – every student’s success.
Contact Name: Corbin White
Phone: (801) 699-3956
The Leader In Me is a school-wide process that develops staff and students as leaders and thereby transforms the culture and performance of the school. The Leader In Me schools seamlessly integrate leadership development into daily curriculum, activities, and systems and create a culture where every student is encouraged to set and achieve meaningful goals, be a positive influence on others, and use his or her individual gifts to better the world. The engagement is a three year process and FranklinCovey provides professional development, staff and student resources, community networking opportunities, and ongoing coaching to ensure quality implementation. Schools are certified in the content, so that the model can be sustained for years to come.
Contact Name: Terry Clark
Phone: (602) 692-4799
Tomorrow’s Leaders is a community organization providing outreach, education, and guidance to youth for their transition to adulthood. Tomorrow’s Leaders is the organization’s education program targeting youth grades 6-12. It is designed to teach youth how to set and reach their goals while moving closer to realizing their ultimate ability to be successful in post-secondary education and employment. Tomorrow’s Leaders is facilitated in a workshop format with a focus on the student’s self-awareness and participation. Staff provides guidance to participants as they make their way towards achievable goals.
Contact Name: Frank Crump
Phone: (310) 597-8727
UPI provides a unique, copy-written, dynamic and proactive Life Skills Solutions™ Training program, which has been designed for students, 6th-12th grade, including “Alternative” and College programs. The training develops character while improving social and emotional development- helping students to understand what society will expect and demand of them and what it will take for them to be successful. Measurable reporting is obtained via Student Assessment, including pre and post-testing, which allows for tailoring to meet specific student needs and age appropriateness.