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Region 6/District 17 Brooklyn, NY
Building Connections, Building Character (BC2)

Contact Information
Barbara Berg, Project Director
New York City Region 6/ District 17
5619 Flatlands Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11234-2501
Web site: None
Grant Period: 2006-2010
Amount Requested: $1,437,296 for a four-year project

Program Description
The Building Connections, Building Character (BC2) project will implement the Connect With Kids (CWK) character education program, providing at least 90 hours of lessons and a video series. CWK will teach 24 character skills embedded into the English-language arts or social studies curriculum. The project will serve the same cohort of approximately 300 students in four urban schools in third grade the first year, fourth grade the second year, and fifth grade the third year. Seventy teachers and staff in these four urban schools will be trained to implement the CWK curriculum. An additional 300 students in the control schools will receive the intervention in the fourth year. Parent Coordinators at each school will use the Character Parent Outreach Kit to reinforce the character-building concepts taught in the classrooms.

Goals and Objectives

  • To build the capacity of District 17 elementary schools to integrate research-based character education principles and practices into standards-based classroom instruction
  • To provide students with opportunities to develop positive character traits that will promote their personal, academic and civic success
  • To contribute to the national knowledge base regarding best practices in character education

Evaluation Design
BC2 project will conduct an experimental evaluation using randomized control trials. Comparisons of students’ rates of attendance and disciplinary referrals, acquisition of character traits, increases in attachment to school, motivation and reading achievement for students in the treatment and control conditions will be analyzed for changes.

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