Program Snapshot from Wallace Foundation
Developed by Character First Education, a division of Strata Leadership, Character First is a K-12 character education curriculum designed to build positive social values and character by helping students develop a vocabulary of character traits and apply them to life. The K-5 Elementary Curriculum includes lesson guides for 20 character traits, each of which contains three hours of instruction divided into three sections: an introduction to the trait, a discussion and practice of five learning objectives related to that trait, and a connection to real life that uses examples from history and nature to highlight the trait in action. Each section contains between 1 and 5 activities that last 15-20 minutes each. Educators may decide when and how to deliver lessons; however, Character First recommends focusing on one character trait per month and delivering one 10- to 20-minute lesson per week, incorporating additional activities into the monthly schedule as time allows.
Areas of Focus (as stated by program) Attentiveness, availability, compassion, conservation, courage, determination, diligence, enthusiasm, flexibility, forgiveness, gratefulness, honesty, loyalty, obedience, orderliness, patience, respect, responsibility, self-control, and wisdom