Partnerships in Character Education Program
Maine Department of Education Abstract
Character Education Partnership
Application Number: R215V000012
Project Period: 6/l/005/31/04
FY 2000 Award: $400,000
FY 2001 Award: $250,000
FY 2002 Award: $250,000
FY 2003 Award: $100,000
All of Maines organizations currently addressing the issue of responsible student behavior have agreed to come together as partners through this project to help participating Maine school districts design strategies for achieving the character standards set forth in Maines Learning Results. The focus is on developing effective models from which other districts throughout the state can benefit. The Maine Department of Education, through Maines Commission on Ethical and Responsible Student Behavior, will drive the project, with several nationally recognized Maine organizations as state partners: the Maine Department of the Attorney General, the National Center for Student Aspirations, the Center for the Study and Prevention of Hate Violence, and the Maine Institute for Global Ethics.
This project will not simply address existing school climate and student behavior problems, but also will focus on preventing such problems in the future by providing a systemic, proactive approach to the development of character education in the schools. This will be accomplished through professional development opportunities, the development of curriculum and assessment tools and direct student/community development. The Maine Department of Education will collaborate directly with 12 local or regional partners to implement and assess each school districts customized approach, while actively widening the net of participating districts through outreach (including a Web site) and the promotion of positive results and effective models. The intended outcome of the project is a self-sustaining network of character education models, actively promoted and supported by the Maine Department of Education, as an integral part of the continuous statewide movement toward attainment of the state standards embodied in Learning Results and implementation of the best practices encouraged by Maines Commission on Secondary Education in Promising Futures.
This is designed as a 4-year project. The standards of ethical and responsible behavior developed by the Commission will provide the cornerstone in the states efforts to assist our local or regional partners and other interested schools in the development of curriculum, professional development, and other training activities that will strengthen their approaches to the teaching of responsible decisionmaking and behavior.