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Tulare County Office of Education
CHARACTER COUNTS!™ Team

Contact Information: Kelley Petty, Project Director
Tulare County Office of Education
2637 West Burrel Avenue
Visalia, CA 93278
Web site: None
Grant Period: 2006-2010
Amount Requested: $1,993,613 for a four-year project

Program Description
Tulare County will conduct a study that will infuse model lessons of the CHARACTER COUNTS™ (CC!) curriculum into core content areas and in school-community activities in 14 school districts located in a predominately Hispanic low-income rural area of Central California. The Teach Enforce Advocate Model (TEAM) approach will provide training in CC! Six Pillars and Ethics in the Workplace. The project will reach approximately 4,500 students and 250 teachers in grades K-12 at eight schools.

Goals and Objectives

  • To integrate CC! Six Pillars into all aspects of school activity and into the English/Language Arts and History/Social Studies curricula content standards
  • To increase the decision making, personal control and interpersonal communication skills of participating students and to improve their mental health
  • To incorporate research-based character education strategies into all academic courses and co-curricular activities
  • To improve student behavior and school attendance, and decrease negative student behaviors
  • To improve student academic performance

Evaluation Design
Tulare County will use a quasi-experimental evaluation design to assess the outcomes of CHARACTER COUNTS!™ infusion and implementation. Tulare County will collect data through behavior surveys, observations, pre-post instruments, the California High School Exit Exam and Standardized Testing and Reporting (STAR).


 
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