Our approach is unique. We do not sell curriculum. Rather, we are “client-centered”, meaning that we fit our programs into what administrators and teachers are already doing and living every day! And we work within existing organizational constraints to help schools reach their goals by infusing character education and development within their existing curriculum, including the new requirements of the Common Core. Our approach always includes two phases – a Consulting Phase and an Operational Phase.
1. Consulting Phase/Study (up to several months):
- Conduct an initial assessment of the organization’s mission, goals, structure, strategy, day-to-day operations, its management, its personnel, organizational constraints and its current approach to character education and development.
- Determine if any additional programs may be needed and how they could best fit.
- Assess whether or not CITRS could potentially have a positive impact.
- Make a presentation to top management along with a discussion of findings of potential needs and challenges and CITRS’ suggested approach.
- Test organizational buy-in of Administrators, Teachers, and Students.
If agreement, go forward to Operating Phase.
2. Operational Phase (ongoing):
- Collaborate with top management to establish short and long-term goals and agree on specific tactics and measurables.
- Develop the initial organization-specific programs with continuous input from key personnel.
- Provide hands-on training for the entire organization.
- Work with key personnel to implement specific programs.
- Conduct in-the-field observation of how the programs are working “on the ground” and suggest and help to implement modifications, if necessary.
- Maintain continual communication, program development and problem solving with key management.
- Year-end formal assessment process.
- Annually, organize formal strategic planning process to plan goals and programs for the new fiscal year, based in part on written feedback from organization personnel on the effectiveness of the character development programs and suggestions for improvement.