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Genesee Intermediate School District
Commitment to Character

Contact Information
Gloria Bourdon, Project Director
Genesee Intermediate School District
2413 West Maple Avenue
Flint, MI 48507
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Grant Period: 2006-2010
Amount Requested: $2,000,000 for a four-year project

Program Description
The Genesee Intermediate School District character education project will be based on the Search Institute’s 40 Developmental Assets model, with specific attention given to youth-designed initiatives. Character education components will be integrated through existing classroom instruction consistent with the State of Michigan academic content standards, particularly K-12 language arts curricula. Comprehensive training for teachers, administrators, support staff and community members will infuse character education throughout the culture of participating districts and communities. The project will serve approximately 29,154 students in grades K-12 and 3,215 teachers and staff in 52 schools in 10 public school districts.

Goals and Objectives

  • To effectively implement the project in all participating schools
  • To train school staff in, and ensure regular use of, character education curricula
  • To promote a positive perception of the character education project
  • To engage community partners, parents and students in implementation of the project and enhance collaboration
  • To make building-level changes in school environment
  • To promote positive character of students in participating schools in order to increase civic engagement, caring and trustworthiness. and to reduce aggressive and risky behaviors

Evaluation Design
Genesee Intermediate School District will conduct a quasi-experimental (time series) research study and will use reliable, valid and peer-reviewed “methods and measures” instruments to collect data.

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Last Modified: 11/08/2011