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Charyl Stockwell Academy
Smart Character Choices

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Diane Vance, Project Director
Smart Character Choices
Charyl Stockwell Academy
9758 E. Highland Road
Howell, MI 48843
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Contract Period: 2006-2010
Amount Requested: $1,823,093 for a four-year project

Program Description
Charyl Stockwell Academy will further develop, refine, implement and evaluate their Smart Character Choices project, which is a whole-school program that is integrated with school safety policies and is based on the principles of American democracy. The project design incorporates the scientific framework of internal control psychology. Interventions will include intensive professional development; integration of character education through American history and American literature and throughout the school environment, including in classroom routines and procedures; utilization of “real” classroom/school issues to assist students in learning, practicing and applying the elements of character education; community-based service learning projects; and family involvement activities. The project will serve 150 teachers and 4,000 students in grades K-8 at four intervention and four control schools.

Goals and Objectives

  • To improve teacher classroom management and instructional practices
  • To maintain high levels of fidelity in program implementation
  • To meet students’ psychological needs
  • To increase student knowledge and application of targeted character education elements
  • To improve student academic achievement
  • To increase parent participation and parent engagement

Evaluation Design
This project will conduct an experimental evaluation study. Eight diverse Michigan charter schools will participate in a randomized control trial evaluation of the Smart Character Choices project. The data collection process will include academic achievement data; student, parent and staff surveys; and classroom observations.

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Last Modified: 11/08/2011