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Lennox School District

Contact Information: Carrie Ann Ortiz, Project Director
Lennox School District
10319 Firmona Ave.
Lennox, CA 90304
Web site: None
Grant Period: 2006-2010
Amount Requested: $1,306,372 for a four-year project

Program Description
The Lennox CHARACTER COUNTS!™ Program will empower students with the positive character traits necessary to overcome obstacles to their academic success. The project will expand the district’s implementation of the CHARACTER COUNTS!™ (CC!) curriculum and the Lennox Invests in Physical Fitness Education program to serve every student in every school except the charter school serving as the control school. In an impoverished, ethnically diverse inner city setting, the project will serve approximately 7,800 students in grades preK-12 and 370 teachers in eight schools (five elementary schools, one middle school, and one charter high school); and parents and students at two school-readiness centers. The project will provide staff professional development; and outreach and training programs for 800 parents.

Goals and Objectives

  • To embed CC! into every classroom and all schoolwide activities
  • To create a districtwide, CC!-based physical education curriculum aligned with state standards
  • To expand the parent education component to include character education training based on The Six Pillars and a more pervasive outreach program
  • To expand LCCP into a district and communitywide program

Evaluation Design
The LCCP evaluation will include a quasi-experimental longitudinal matched comparison study at the high school level; the two charter high schools will serve as a match. At the middle school level, the project will conduct pre-test/post-test comparisons. An implementation metric will be constructed to examine differences between high and low implementing classrooms at the elementary school level. The evaluation will monitor program implementation and assess the impact of the program on student achievement and discipline, as well as overall school climate. The evaluation design will use multiple, independent sources of data such the California Healthy Kids Survey, the California Standards Test for language arts and math; and attendance, suspensions, and office referral records.

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