11 Commandments of Character Education Leadership

 

1. Be a builder and promoter of the vision of character education.

2. Be a communicator to students, parents, and staff about your program—through newsletters, handbooks, parent nights, and assemblies.

3. Be a member or supporter of committees that are working on your character initiative.

4. Be a recruiter of parents to work on developing your character program.

5. Be a reader and share articles and books about character development with staff, parents, and students.

6. Be a resource provider—of funds for conferences, inservices, books, magazines, and videos.

7. Be a provider of time—e.g., faculty meetings, Superintendent’s Conference Days, team meetings, summer training—for learning, for discussion, and for program assessment.

8. Be a problem-solver. For example, implementing morning meetings or class meetings may require some minor schedule changes.

9. Be an encourager to all—being aware of what people are doing and taking time to recognize that with a spoken or written comment.

10.Be a model of what your program is trying to accomplish—consistently demonstrating qualities like respect, responsibility, trustworthiness, and caring in your interactions with others.

11. Be a believer in the importance of character development. During my sabbatical study, I found that schools having the biggest impact really believed that they could make a difference for their schools if they pursued character growth along with cognitive learning.

 

Richard Parisi, Principal

Morgan Road Elementary

7795 Morgan Road

Liverpool, NY 13090

Tel. (315) 453-1268