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Ohio Department of Education Partnerships in Character Education Project: Creating “Smart & Good” Schools

Contact Information
Lucy Frontera, Project Director
Ohio Partners in Character Education
1335 Dublin Road, Suite 30-A
Columbus, OH 43215
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Grant Period: 2006-2010
Amount Requested: $2,484,440 for a four-year project

Program Description
The Ohio Partnerships in Character Education project will design and implement a standards-based character education model in five Ohio middle and high schools. Carried out in conjunction with other school improvement efforts, it will develop student moral and performance character. The project also will improve school climate; increase parental and community involvement; improve academic achievement for all students, including students with disabilities; and help students in grades 7-10 make a successful transition to high school. Project personnel will focus on integrating character education through the Language Arts Content Standards, with secondary reading-skill development across the curriculum. An intensive professional development model, using trained on-site character coaches, will help staff, parents, students and community stakeholders create an “ethical learning community” that will build a unified school culture around excellence and ethics. The project will serve 530 teachers and 8,100 students.

Goals and Objectives

  • To improve achievement and high school success for all students by establishing character education models that target the development of both performance and moral character
  • To improve the school climate by designing and implementing professional development and school strategies to assist teachers and school staff create classroom environments that are supportive and challenging for all students
  • To increase parental, community and staff involvement by insuring all stakeholders have a voice in developing and implementing policies, strategies and resources
  • To disseminate findings and effective practices; and provide technical assistance to other interested Ohio Local Education Agencies (LEAs) and agencies that are not members of the original partnership

The Ohio project will conduct an experimental design and will involve experimental and control schools in a longitudinal, pre-post test factorial evaluation design with random assignment. The evaluation will provide data on the project’s success in achieving outcomes and identify best practices for “smart and good” schools.

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