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Honor, Respect and Responsibility (HR2)

Contact Information: Al McMilin, Project Director
Montana Office of Public Instruction
1300 11th Avenue
Helena, MT 59601
or PO Box 202501
Helena, MT 59620-2501
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Grant Period: 2005-2009
Amount Requested: $735,165 for a four-year project

Program Description
The Montana Honor, Respect and Responsibility (HR2) Project proposes to address the programmatic barriers that impeded total success of the state’s first attempt to develop a statewide character education initiative (the Montana Character Education Project). HR2 will focus on American Indian youth in grades K-8 because state data confirmed that these students are significantly left behind in educational achievement. Since little research is available about successful strategies to address this population, the project will identify best practices, which could make an important contribution to the field. HR2 will involve 166 staff serving 3,334 students in 19 schools.

Goals and Objectives

  • To integrate character education into classroom instruction statewide
  • To align character education programs with state standards and school reform efforts
  • To create respectful home, school and community environments
  • To enable all students to develop the bi-cultural qualities of character required to attain academic success and the skills to be successful students, citizens and productive members of their community

Evaluation Design
The evaluation design will incorporate an interrupted time series to demonstrate the causal relationship between the intervention and student outcomes and will include a pre-post test design format.

Program Highlights
The HR2 project has evolved from the pilot Montana Character Education Project into a school-reform model based on culturally appropriate character education for schools with high populations of American Indian students. During 2005-2006, project schools and communities participated in trainings focused on enhancing the implementation of successful reading initiatives based on the cultural values and traditions relevant to each specific tribe involved in the project. Trainings in the following topics were offered: Martin BrokenLeg's Circle of Courage; Ruby Payne's Framework for Understanding Poverty; Eleven Principles of Character Education; The Culture of Implementing Institutional Change; the Montana Behavior Initiative; service-learning strategies; and the curriculum developed in the pilot project. All participating schools began implementing their strategic plans during the 2006-2007 school year.

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