P.A.C.E. (Positive Attitudes Change Everything) is a comprehensive framework designed to empower all students in our community with knowledge, skills, and inspiration to develop and practice positive character and healthy habits. P.A.C.E. is the lens through which every aspect of the school and community becomes an opportunity for character development.
What are the benefits of P.A.C.E.?
• Promotes character development through the exploration of universal virtues across the curriculum.
• Develops a positive and moral climate through the participation of students, teachers and staff, parents, and community.
• Teaches how to solve conflicts fairly, creating safer schools that are more conducive to learning.
Why is character education important?
Character education is the deliberate effort to nurture the universal attributes that schools and communities share. These attributes provide us with common expectations for behavior against which we hold ourselves accountable. They form the basis of our relationships and responsible citizenship.
Our goal for students is to be not only college and career ready, but also ready for the tests of life, and not a life of tests.
Character is a dimension of life that helps us persevere during challenges, treat others with dignity, and advance our community. Therefore, excellence in education includes characterdevelopment. (character.org, September 2013)
Wisdom: Finding out what you should do and doing it
Initiative: Seeing what needs to be done and doing it
Contentment: Deciding to be happy with what you have
Cooperation: Working together to do more than you can do alone
Compassion: Caring enough to do something about someone else’s need
Self-Control: Choosing to do what you should do even when you don’t want to
Service: Lending a hand to help someone else
Individuality: Discovering who you are meant to be so you can make a difference
Hope: Believing that something good can come out of something bad
Perseverance: Refusing to give up when life gets hard