Character Education

Character Education

The Purpose of Character Education
To develop civic-minded students, in cooperation with the parents and community, who will be prepared for leadership in today's global society and beyond.

Our Model for Character Education
In Powhatan County Public Schools, we provide Character Education per Policy IGAI in a variety of ways. We use the Positive Behavior and Intervention System (PBIS) framework as our over-arching method for implementation. This framework incorporates explicit instruction for students (K-12) in community core values that are defined at each school. These values are reflected in our school-wide expectations.

Our Implementation of Character Education
Identification of School-Wide expectations
Staff and students identify the core values that are meaningful to their learning environment. These discussions include developing descriptions of each value and writing them in such a way that they are clear to all members.

Application to Key Locations
Staff and students develop descriptions of each core value as it would appear in all key locations within the school (i.e., library, cafeteria, bus, playground, common spaces).

Learning Objectives and Lesson Plans
Staff will develop lessons to teach each behavior that has been defined in the school-wide expectations. For example, being respectful in the classroom might mean following directions and accepting redirection. These skills would then have a corresponding lesson plan that is taught at the beginning of the school year. Lessons include the steps to take in demonstrating the skill and also non-examples. Students receive positive reinforcement when they demonstrate these core values and corrective feedback when they do not. Corrective feedback may be accompanied by a behavioral consequence if it is warranted.

Continuous Improvement
Individual students are given additional assistance in learning how to demonstrate core values when patterns are identified. School counselors, teachers, and other staff support students by providing small group or individual instruction on the areas that they have not yet mastered. This additional support includes positive reinforcement and corrective feedback.

School-wide Recognition
Staff and students develop a plan to recognize those who consistently demonstrate the school-wide expectations. Each school has a different method for recognizing students and staff members.

Updated April 2019