Languages, Cultures, and Humanities
Often misbranded as an imposition of morality or a form of “conversion therapy,” character education is intentionally designing instructional practices to foster the growth of specific character traits. This service project explores how explicit character education can be implemented in the modern classroom and its impact on student’s academic self-efficacy at three out-of class academic preparatory sessions for low-income high school students who will be the first in their families to achieve a college degree. During each session, students receive direct instruction and participate in an experiential learning activity pertaining to a specific character trait. While not technically academic, these traits are crucial for lifelong success and improve academic performance in high school students.