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Hillsborough County Public Schools

Contact Information:
Daryl Saunders, Project Director
Hillsborough County Public Schools
901 East Kennedy Boulevard
Tampa, FL 33602
Web site: None
Grant Period: 2008-2012
Amount Requested: $2,000,000 for a four-year project

Program Description
Hillsborough School District, the nation’s 8th largest school district, will implement a rigorously designed plan to implement Project RESPECT (Responsible Engaged Students Promoting Empathy Caring and Trust). The character education project will be integrated into classroom instruction and implemented in conjunction with current statewide reading reform efforts. The anchor program for Project RESPECT is the research-based, nationally recognized curriculum, Too Good for Violence. A core implementation group will form a Professional Learning Community at each school and will receive in-depth character education professional development from a variety of sources, offering this training to an expanded number of teachers over four years. The project will involve approximately 1,800 teachers and 17,484 students in grades 1-5 in 41 elementary schools over the four-year period.

Goals and Objectives

  • To increase student reading achievement as the character education program is integrated into the state-mandated reading initiative
  • To increase student attendance
  • To increase student pro-social behaviors
  • To decrease student discipline referrals and inappropriate behaviors
  • To increase teacher and parent awareness of, and belief in, the efficacy of the character education program

Evaluation Design
The Hillsborough project will use a quasi-experimental evaluation design to measure program efficiency and effectiveness and to increase program and service quality. The initial 20 participating elementary schools will be randomly assigned from a larger pool of 41 schools that share similar characteristics. Data collection will include student attendance, discipline referrals and performance on state-mandated reading tests.

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Last Modified: 11/08/2011