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Connecting Character to Conduct: Helping Students Do the Right Things
Rita Stein, Roberta Richin, Richard Banyon, Francine Banyon, and Marc Stein
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About This Book
The decisions today’s students make ripple outward to their immediate family and school community. How can we help students make the right decisions and do the right things?
Test preparation and academic rigor alone cannot help our students learn well. Metal detectors and surveillance equipment alone cannot keep schools safe. Learning and safety are inextricably connected to the fundamentals of character and conduct. When we help students make the connection between character and conduct, we begin to offer them a safe environment conducive to learning.
In Connecting Character to Conduct, the authors show how to connect character, conduct, and your school’s curriculum. By adopting the principles of respect, impulse control, compassion, and equity, the school community—including bus drivers, cafeteria workers, students, parents, teachers, and principals—can promote safety and learning inside and beyond the school walls.
These guiding principles are not an add-on to an already full curriculum. Through their connection to moral development, language arts, systems, citizenship, and discipline, they are part of a standards-driven curriculum and instructional program.
The authors, with expertise as classroom teachers, administrators, counselors, and psychologists, show you how students at all grade levels can succeed and learn to do the right things. Our students depend on us to help them learn and stay safe. Their future, and ours, depends on how well we succeed.
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About the Authors
RITA PRAGER STEIN is a Central Office Administrator for the Half Hollow Hills School District. She received her doctorate from Teachers College, Columbia University; her dissertation focused on the effect of instruction on the moral reasoning of students. She has presented workshops on this topic at Columbia University, New York University, and throughout the country.
ROBERTA A. RICHIN is a staff and curriculum development specialist consulting to public and private schools, universities, law enforcement agencies, health services, parent organizations, state education departments, and corporations. Richin brings 25 years of experience to this model for improving student learning, school safety, character, and conduct through curriculum, instruction, and discipline practices.
RICHARD BANYON is the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, Curriculum, and Instruction for the Deer Park School District. He has more than 30 years of experience as a classroom teacher, guidance counselor, dean, buildinng administrator, and central office administrator in New York City and Long Island. He has presented workshops on preparing new teachers for the classroom, including classroom management and instructional strategies.
FRANCINE BANYON is the Assistant Principal for grades 10–12 at the Smithtown Central School District High School. She has 30 years of experience as a dropout prevention coordinator, dean, and building administrator both in New York City and on Long Island. She has presented workshops on peer mediation, conflict resolution, and The Circle of Character and Conduct.
MARC N. STEIN was a school psychologist, a professional development consultant, and a professor at The State University of New York Suffolk Community College. In his private practice as a therapist, Stein specialized in working with individuals and families in the area of marriage counseling. He presented workshops to corporations and service organizations on leadership, organizational skills, and communication skills.
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