Thanks to a $9,966 grant from the NJEA Frederick L. Hipp Foundation for Excellence in Education, Springfield Township School District (Burlington County) educators Rebecca Schweitzer, Patricia Sepessy, and Sandra Secouler have developed the project DYNAMIC CIRCLE (Developing Youth – Nurturing Attitudes, Managing Individual Conduct – Citizens Integrating Responsibility, Cooperation, Learning, and Empowerment). The overall objective of this district-wide, multi-faceted character education program is that by June 2006, at least 90 percent of the district’s students (K-6) will demonstrate at least 90 percent of the grade-specific proficiencies for advancing productive and effective communications and interaction skills, as outlined in the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards.
DYNAMIC CIRCLE is a goal-oriented program that seeks to advance peace and eradicate bullying, harassment, and violence. Aligned with the Core Standards, the project infuses workplace readiness skills across content areas and social activities. The whole learning community is involved, including local law enforcement. Sequenced professional development and parent/community workshops advance the goals of citizenship, understanding, and acceptance.
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