Tools for Educators
Call in a Character Champion
Character Champions agree to share their experiences about how character traits relate to their career, community involvement or personal life. These individuals are available to businesses, schools, public agencies, faith based organizations and community service groups to share their stories about good character with audiences of various sizes. Check out their bios, choose the most appropriate champion for their needs and contact Tanya Conklin to obtain specific Character Champion contact information to schedule a visit.
Meet the Character Champions
Meet the Character Champions
Better Business Bureau Representatives:
The mission of the BBB is to increase trust in the marketplace. The BBB staff spends their working days in an environment where ethics is never an afterthought; it is in the forefront of their minds all day, every day. After one of the BBB’s Ethics Workshops, one participating student said, “Ethics, or the lack of them, can affect your job, your friends, and your family. Having good ethics is everything!”
Preferred Age of Audience: Middle School (ages 11-14) and older
Brandon is the Youth Center Director for The Crossing Youth Center on Argonne Road. Working with teenagers, Brandon realizes the importance of character education for our youth. He believes having good character will help them succeed in future jobs and relationships throughout their lives. Brandon looks forward to sharing the PACE program and his personal experience with learning the importance of good character to all age groups.
Preferred Age of Audience: Any Age
Vivian lives in Rockford, WA. She worked her way up from being a bank teller to becoming the bank’s Branch Manager. Vivian is very active in her community as Treasurer of Rockford Community Center, Vice-President of Hangman Creek Chamber of Commerce and Vice-President of Rockford Lions Club. She was a Girl Scout growing up and a Girl Scout Leader for twelve years for her two daughters. She worked with the Presbyterian Church Youth Group in Post Falls in the past, and now serves on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee (PPRC) for the Rockford United Methodist Church. Vivian believes in serving and giving back to the community.
Prefered Age of Audience: Any Age
More than 125 teachers, counselors and principals kicked off the summer at the “Take PACE to the Next Level: Embedding Character Education into School Climate, Curriculum and Common Core” workshop, June 20, 2013. At this all-day professional development workshop participants shared their character education ideas, explored ways to integrate PACE into their lesson planning, discussed the positive impact of character education on school culture and enjoyed a keynote presentation by Washington State Schools of Character Award winning South Kitsap School District. The event was sponsored by Whitworth University, Cameron-Reilly Construction and Quiznos. Participants raved about the workshop and left energized to take PACE to the next level in their classrooms and schools! Below, are some great ideas that came out of workshop.
Educators Share Ideas – Bringing Character to Light in the Classroom
Tower of Trust (K-5): As teacher gives examples of how students can build trust, students build a tower of blocks. After about 10, teacher gives example of breaking trust and the tower falls. Ends with discussion of how hard it is to rebuild once broken. – Bonnie Mendoza, Holmes Elementary
- Recognize Kindness (6-8): Provide students with “Random Acts of Kindness” cards that call them to good character action. Once the act of kindness is performed, students can “report out” on school website and/or YouTube. A fun way to earn recognition from peers and staff! – Janice Boyd, Evergreen Middle School
- Good News Postcards (9-12): Staff sends “Good News! from EVHS” postcard to student’s home to recognize their excellent character! School staff also recognize each other by placing postcards in staff mailboxes. “Locker drops” provide a nice surprise for high school students after good deeds. – Justin Becker, East Valley High School
More ideas and activities coming soon!
Washington State Schools of Character Award Winner – South Kitsap School District – Coming Soon
Insert the Following Trait graphics in Your Monthly Newsletters to Spread the Word
PACE Character Trait Banners
You can download banner files below (size 3ft X 6ft) and take them to a printing service to make your own PACE Monthly Character Trait Banners to put in your school, business or organization. Click on the thumbnails below to download the PDF.