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ERIC Number: EJ1151167
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 5
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1543-1223
Character Education in the Inner City: Making It Real
Bond, Constance
Journal of Character Education, v12 n1 p89-93 2016
St. HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) has embraced the character education movement and worked tirelessly to become a National School of Character. There is a commitment to relevant, student-driven service learning that develops every facet of their scholars' burgeoning identities, experiences that truly cultivate the whole child. St. HOPE is a small, independent charter school that opened in 2008 in central Harlem serving Grades 6 through 8. When the school reached full enrollment 3 years into their charter, it became clear they were not doing enough to help their scholars build the skills and habits of mind necessary to be successful, productive human beings. This is when they took on their HARLEM values--honor, absolute determination, responsibility, leadership, excellence, and Mission--and created a plan to infuse the language and the practices into all aspects of the school. This article describes how St. HOPE implemented HARLEM values and the impact the values had on developing school culture and the school's continuous improvement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York (New York)
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