Founded in 2010, CITRS, Inc. is a non-profit, non-partisan, non-sectarian education company and a Sec. 501(c)(3) charitable organization. We are focused on improving the lives of children and adults through consulting, innovative initiatives, and professional development. Our clients include public and private schools, after-school and out-of-school and other organizations.
Principals, parents and teachers recognize the importance of teaching students character and interpersonal skills (“non-cognitive skills”); these skills have been part of education for thousands of years. However, today their plates are full given the overwhelming focus on academic standards and other challenges that they simply do not have the time. Thus, what is done is often well-meaning but ineffective long term. There is a great need today for systematic and effective programs that can fit easily into schools without disrupting the existing school day or adding additional curriculum for teachers. The latest most advanced initiatives do that and are both cost-effective and have proven, measurable outcomes.
Our in-person, systematic, hands-on approach and follow-up is key. We use assessment metrics, teacher training and professional development, mentoring and support for principals, teachers and staff to implement the latest and most effective K-12 student improvement frameworks. Our goal is that those frameworks cultivate and sustain positive school climate, character development, ethical behavior, and social emotional and interpersonal skills, as well as academic development, excellence and leadership. Recognizing that “one size does not fit all”, our programs are customized and tailored to fit the specific needs of each of our partners.
By teaming with select character national and international experts, we are able to provide our partners with the latest, most innovative and impactful solutions. For example, CITRS engaged Character Counts to join with us for the IMS project. Character Counts has experience in working with large numbers of schools at once, generating efficiencies and economies of scale. It has developed Character Counts 5.0, just released, as well as having proven experience and results with Catholic and faith based schools. We believe that the framework we are creating and implementing with IMS is groundbreaking.
CITRS also is a national advocate for character education and development. For example, we are advocating states to include social emotional character development in their core or common core education standards.
CITRS fulfills the Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education (guidelines for a comprehensive character education program that are employed by Character.org for awarding State and National Schools of Character designation):
- Promotes core knowledge and values.
- Defines “character” to include thinking, feeling, and doing.
- Uses a comprehensive approach.
- Creates a caring community.
- Provides students with opportunities for moral action.
- Offers a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum.
- Fosters students’ self-motivation.
- Engages staff as a learning community.
- Fosters shared leadership.
- Engages families and community members as partners.
- Assesses the culture and climate of the school.
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To discuss what we can offer and access the CITRS team and our programs, please contact us.