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K-12 Professionals

Character Education, Part II: Positive Role Models and Proactive

EDUC 600




Instructor: Sophia Thwaites, {Presenter: Clifton Taulbert}

Grading: Letter

Spring, Summer & Fall (Ongoing)

Instruction Mode: Internet-Asynchronous (Online Class)

Academic Level: K-12 Professional Development

NDSU Credit Fee: $145

Partner Class Offered Through Knowledge Delivery Systems

Course Description:

Students are impressionable. They emulate both positive and negative behaviors that they see; therefore, observing positive role models in action at school, at home, or in the community can impact students’ behavior, learning, and academic success. This course encourages participants to create an environment conducive to learning by helping students take personal responsibility for their actions and by creating a positive moral climate for solving conflicts. Participants study not only how to become role models themselves, but how to invite the participation of family and community into the modeling of good character and the creation of a school-wide character education program that leverages involvement from businesses, faith communities, parents, and coaches.  Participants explore both their own and their students’ roles as leaders as they pursue the “eight habits of the heart”: a nurturing attitude, responsibility, dependability, friendship, brotherhood, high expectations, courage, and hope.


1. Knowledge –at the end of this course, participants will understand
a. How to assess the character traits that are demonstrated by students, staff, and school organizations,
b. How to identify the impacts of an unstable home and learning environment and be able to identify the warning signs of at risk students,
c. How to begin the process for building a school-wide education program, and
d. The importance of building friendships and having a sense of belonging.

2. Skills –after this course, participants will apply
a. Strategies to develop and implement classroom activities that promote character development,
b. Strategies for soliciting business, members of faith community, and social organizations for turning negative behavior into positive behavior,
c. Strategies for engaging parents in promoting the character education of their children, and
d. Strategies for developing character through conflict and problem solving.

3. Dispositions – participants will appreciate
a. The importance of community and parental role models for building character,
b. The relationship between coaches and their players and its impact on developing character traits,
c. Community involvement and its impact on moral development in schools, and
d. The role of leadership in creating the desired “community” to impact student behavior and learning.


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**Registration Instructions:

Register for this class through KDSi.  NOTE:  Upon registration, you have 2 months for course completion. Although many of our courses are approved for both 1 and 3 graduate professional development credits, participants can only receive credit for one version of each course. 

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