Renaissance School Character Development Approach

We believe that certain character traits can drive students’ academic success. This belief is well-documented throughout education research. We teach these critical character traits to our students in two distinct but interwoven ways: first, we explicitly teach about character traits, for example, through stories and discussion during Morning Meeting, and repeated practice throughout the day. Second, we teach implicitly by modeling the character traits we want to see in our students, and drawing positive attention to situations in which a member of our school community demonstrates the character traits. Every academic lesson, social interaction, or hard lesson learned is an opportunity for students to apply what what they have learned about character to real-life situations. It is a joy to witness our student grow not only academically and socially, but as moral, empathetic young people.

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