"This exceptionally well-organized, practical, and impressive work should be on every administrator's and character educator's desk. Olsson redefines the lens through which educators view the factors that impact school climate, teacher-student relationships, student behavior, and ultimately the character development of young people."
—Edward DeRoche, Director
Character Development Center, University of San Diego
"Needed in the character education movement for a long time, this book is written by a principal who's been leading the way and now shows how we can help students develop their character without sacrificing academic standards. It's easy to read, well organized, and, most important, contains hundreds of practical strategies that work."
—Hal Urban, Teacher and Speaker, Redwood City, CA
Author, Lessons From The Classroom
A powerful tool for influencing students' attitudes and behaviors!
Based on current research, solid theory, and real experiences, this resource provides school leaders with a comprehensive yet practical framework for creating and sustaining a schoolwide character development program. Real-world scenarios tackle tough issues such as vandalism, truancy, chronic tardiness, and bullying, and demonstrate how to bring about positive change. The book thoughtfully addresses factors that may keep students from developing positive attitudes and helps educators:
- Evaluate student behavior, staff morale, and school climate
- Target real problems with commonsense strategies that can dramatically turn around student behavior
- Assess a character development program's effectiveness