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Dakota Character Education Project
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative

Contact Information: James D. Parry, Project Director
Micky J. Wienk, Project Coordinator
Black Hills Special Services Cooperative
1925 Plaza Boulevard
Rapid City, South Dakota 57702
Web site: None
Grant Period: 2007-2011
Amount Requested: $2,257,768 for a four-year project

Program Description
The Black Hills Special Services Cooperative, in cooperation with 30 independent school districts in western South Dakota, will implement The Dakota Character Project. This whole-district approach will focus on creating healthy environments with caring school communities in previously underserved rural districts, bringing high quality character education to a 43,000 square mile area, including Indian reservations. The implementation model will employ the evidence-based CHARACTERplus and Caring School Community programs and the Ten Essentials for developing effective character education programs. The model is founded on data-based decision making using student, staff and parent data to establish student outcome goals and organizational, student, staff and community support goals. The project will be a collaborative effort by Technology and Innovation in Education, Midwest Alliance for Professional Learning and Leadership, Three Rivers Cooperative, Northwest Area Schools, International Learning Services, Inc., and Marshall Consulting. The project will serve 16,500 students and 1,036 staff in grades K-12 in 26 implementation schools.

Goals and Objectives

  • To increase student achievement in reading, writing and math
  • To demonstrate statistically significant positive change in character education-related constructs
  • To significantly decrease student office referrals

Evaluation Design
Dakota Character Education project will use an experimental research design with random selection to identify the participant districts and random placement to assign districts to treatment and control groups. Data collection will include student behavior and academic achievement records; and student, parent, and staff surveys.

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Last Modified: 11/08/2011