The office of the Superintendent Alfredo Velasquez hosted on January 11th a 3-day workshop for educators. The workshop was coordinated by: Janet Annett- Southwest Educational Consultant Agency, Ismael Morales- Virtual Response Program Director, and Denisse Melendez-Office Manager.The workshop “Character Counts” facilitator was John Forenti from the Josephson Institute.
The program basically helps instill a positive learning environment for students. The program is based on the six pillars of character those include: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; and Citizenship. It aims to implement a “culture of kindness” making schools a safe environment for students to learn.
A total of 38 educators were in attendance from counselors, principals, and teachers. The Character Counts workshop aims to help broaden educators skills on how to help students develop creative thinking skills, problem solve, ethics, social and emotional life skills. The training also offered educators information on defining grade appropriate academic objectives. The “Healthy Students Grant” will will continue offer the “Character Counts” program for 3 years. The training will be offered to all elementary schools in the Nogales Unified School District, and Santa Cruz Valley School District#35. The east side county opted out of the program.