• Character Education

      In the Chandler Unified School District character education is a vital part of elementary education. CUSD implements a variety of programs to teach character education. All CUSD elementary schools have a character education program in place. Below are a few of the programs we use in the district. 

      The CHARACTER COUNTS! approach to character education doesn't exclude anyone. The programs and materials are based on six ethical values that everyone can agree on — values that are not political, religious, or culturally biased. A framework centered on basic values called the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. To learn more please visit Character Counts!.

      The Tribes approach is a step-by-step process to achieve specific learning goals. Four agreements are honored: attentive listening,  appreciation/no put downs, mutual respect, and the right to pass. Students learn a set of collaborative skills so they can work well together in long-term groups (tribes). The focus is on how to help each other work on tasks, set goals and solve problems, monitor and assess progress, celebrate achievements. To learn more please visit Tribes.

      The Olweus Bullying Prevention Program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools safer, more positive places for students to learn and develop. Goals of the program include, preventing new bullying problems, reducing existing bullying problems among students, achieving better peer relations at school. The Olweus program is designed and researched for students in elementary, middle, and junior high schools. Many schools have included Kindergarten-Grade 2 in their Olweus programs. To learn more please visit Olweus.