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Kansas Character Education Initiative

Contact Information
Kent Reed, Project Director
Kansas Department of Education
120 SE 10th Avenue
Topeka, KS 66612
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Grant Period: 2008-2012
Amount Requested: $2,970,196 for a four-year project

Program Description
The Kansas State Department of Education and seven LEA partners will develop, implement and evaluate the Kansas Character Education Initiative at the high school level within the State of Kansas. The project will implement character education programs integrated into classroom instruction, consistent with State academic content standards and in conjunction with other educational reform efforts. Initially, the project will randomly select and involve two high schools, one experimental and one control school, from 22 school districts. By Year 4, every school district in Kansas will be immersed in the Character Education Partnership’s 11 Principles and the Smart & Good High Schools nationally recognized model. Partnerships under the Multi-Tier System of Support will provide a regional network to facilitate character education programming and training statewide through Service Centers. The project will expand to involve approximately 700teachers and 33,600 students in grades 9-12 of all 88 high schools by the fourth year of the project.

Goals and Objectives

  • To integrate the Character Education Partnership’s 11 Principles of Character Education within the performance and moral culture of Kansas’ high schools while maintaining consistency with the state’s core academic content standards in math, reading, science and social studies
  • To collaborate with other educational reform efforts to foster high academic achievement and good moral character of Kansas’ students at the secondary level

Evaluation Design
Using a random assignment experimental evaluation design, the project will assess outcomes related to academic performance, and personal and civic virtues, in Kansas’ high schools. Districts within the experimental group will participate in a two-day Character Education Partnership (CEP) training and Smart & Good High School model training. Control groups will receive only one day of CEP training. The Collective Responsibility for Excellence and Ethics (CREE instrument) will be used to assess variables of moral and performance character. Data collection also will include the Communities that Care Survey results, state test scores, classroom observation and school records including discipline referrals.

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