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)
Big 3: Treat others right --Make smart decisions -- Maximize your potential
Trust: Putting your confidence in someone you can depend on
Courage: Being brave enough to do what you should do, even when you’re afraid
Honor: Letting someone know you see how valuable they really are
Joy: Finding a way to be happy even when things don’t go your way
Knowledge: Learning something new so you can be better at whatever you do
Creativity: Using your imagination to do something unique
Forgiveness: Deciding that someone who has wronged you doesn’t have to pay
Humility: Putting others first by giving up what you think you deserve
Determination: – Deciding it’s worth it to finish what you started