Citrs & Common Core Integration
Because CITRS provides a coherent, content-rich, in-depth approach to character education, its programs satisfy the requirements of the Common Core Standards. CITRS focuses deeply on the vocabulary of character. For example, our CITRS Virtues Matrix is a systematic presentation of over 100 virtues – fundamental character vocabulary studied by societies over many centuries having profound philosophical origins and vitally important for today’s students to understand.
Our approach is systematic, consistent, rigorous and holistic and spirals through all grades. CITRS is uniquely positioned to help schools embed character education and development within their curricula while satisfying the Common Core Standards.
Common Core Standards & Character
CITRS recognizes the Common Core Standards as an important opportunity for schools and students throughout the United States. The Common Core Standards outline a set of expectations for student knowledge and skills in grades K-12 that will prepare them for academic success in college and beyond.
Recognizing the foundational importance of character education and character development for academic performance and success, states are now incorporating character education and character development in meeting the Common Core Standards. For example, the State of Kansas has done just that.
The Kansas State Department of Education has incorporated “model standards” called “Social, Emotional and Character Development” (“SECD”) which is part of the state’s education standards intended to meet the Common Core Standards. CITRS programs satisfy all of Kansas’ “model standards.” The Kansas SECD Standards “are aligned with and supportive of…the Kansas Common Core Standards for English Language Arts and Literacy, College and Career Readiness, Safe and Supportive Schools initiatives, and 21st Century Skills.”
Common Core Requirements
Set clear expectations for “Language” that help students grow their vocabularies, determine word meanings, appreciate nuances of words, and steadily expand their “repertoire of words and phrases.
Emphasize “Reading”, including a “staircase of increasing complexity,” comprehension, literary and informational texts, reading across subjects, classic myths and readings from around the world, foundational US documents, seminal works of American literature, and the writings of Shakespeare.
Stress “Writing”, including the ability to write logical arguments, conduct research – both short, focused projects and in-depth, longer term projects, and writing for different purposes – arguments, informational/explanatory texts, and narratives.
Speaking and Listening:
Require “Speaking and Listening” as an integral part of students’ overall development of oral language.
Specific, Consistent, High Standards:
Specific, consistent, high standards for academic learning so that all US students will receive a coherent, cumulative, content-rich, grade-appropriate, high quality education.
College and Career Readiness:
Promote College and Career Readiness that aims to close achievement gaps and prepare American students for higher education and careers.
21ST Century Learning:
The 21st Century will call for critical thinking and problem solving; innovation, communication and collaboration; information, media, and technology literacy; civic, financial, and environmental literacy; global and cross-cultural awareness; self-monitoring, flexibility, adaptability, productivity and accountability.
Promote “Best Practices” so that educational practices, strategies, lessons, and approaches that “work” are “shared and duplicated”.