TIMES HAVE CHANGED: Today, educators are up against challenges and pressures previous generations in American schools never faced. Who ever imagined school shootings would even exist? Or that bullying, meanness and lack of respect would be such issues?
THE CAUSE: Our programs are addressing the underlying cause … a lack of a heart education.
People are not born knowing how to treat one another. It must be taught.
OUR PROGRAMS: Classified as SEL (Social Emotional Learning) education, our programs do the job with immediate and long lasting results. Educators and Guidance Counselors tell us our curricula are easy to implement without infringing on the daily routine. In fact, they tell us they enhance their efforts. Students embrace our methodology and enjoy the benefits of a culture of kindness and respect where it is easier to learn.
Imagine what affect an 80% drop in number of children receiving referrals, 35% fewer suspension days, 40% fewer disruptive behaviors, and a 35% improvement in school attendance can do for learning gains? Yes, it is amazing how children and their educators respond to a culture of gratitude and kindness where everyone may thrive, feel safe and live happier lives.
In the professional hands of educators like you, our resources and training events are transforming school cultures from the dangerous trends of violence into school cultures of gratitude and kindness where students thrive and learn, and where everyone can feel safe.
A SUCCESS STORY – TO WOW YOU!
St. Johns Technical High School in Florida is an alternative school, grades 6th-12th. The school population was struggling in nearly every area from behavior to learning gains. Three years ago, over 400 referrals were issued. Quite a high number considering the 160 student population. Our American Civility teen civility education program called Operation Hedgehog was implemented to teach students and educators a heart education. The first year, reading gains leaped an average of 20 points with one particular group yielding nearly 40 gains points higher. Plus, after just two years, the referral number had dropped from 400 to only 48 referrals issued for the year.
That is an 88% improvement!
Congratulations to the caring educators and their students at St Johns Technical. A special thanks to their Principal, Cynthia WiIliams, for her outstanding school leadership.
We are so very proud of you all for choosing to take kindness and gratitude to heart! .
Amy Barnett, President
The American Civility Association