School climates transformed through character education

CHARACTERplus, a program that has made a positive difference in many area schools in the past, is now back in the Kansas City area with valuable resources designed to transform a school into a caring community where learning is optimized.

The organization is expanding into Kansas City and aims to help schools create a climate and culture that results in an increase in students’ sense of belonging, autonomy and competence. Through its bullying prevention program, trainings for teachers and administrators, a focus on good character on the school bus, and much more, CHARACTERplus can make a real positive difference in a school.

Already successful in more than 75 school districts and 12 independent schools in Missouri and Illinois, CHARACTERplus was able to expand to our region through a generous grant from the HTC Foundation. The organization previously served many Kansas City area schools through a federal grant, but for the first time has opened a permanent office in our area with full-time employees to serve our region.

Many schools that have implemented CHARACTERplus have seen dramatic results, including improved academic achievement and attendance, along with significant decreases in office referrals for behavior issues and incidences of school violence. Thanks to the leadership of CHARACTERplus, Missouri boasts more National Schools of Character than any other state in the nation.

Currently, Independence, Belton and West Platte School Districts are members of CHARACTERplus, and the organization is looking to expand to both public and private schools in Missouri and Kansas. CHARACTERplus members receive a variety of valuable services that transform a school’s culture and climate, including access to nationally known character education leaders and speakers.

CHARACTERplus is working collaboratively with Cooperating School Districts of Greater Kansas City to serve our region. For more information on the program, contact Matt Gettys - CHARACTERplus Development Coordinator at mgettys@csd.org or 816-753-4601 or Stephanie Prichard – Program Coordinator at sprichard@csd.org or 913-485-1966.

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