Educators from Westby and other area high schools will be among more than 170 educators from throughout the region participating in Character Strong Curriculum Training sponsored by Character Lives.

The training teaches educators how to bring Character Lives’ social-emotional learning curriculum into their classrooms.

Character Lives was introduced to area schools last fall when a group of La Crosse-area business leaders sought to address a deficit in soft-skills education and to prepare students to become servant leaders.

The Character Lives curriculum is designed to:

  • Boost academic performance
  • Lower stress and help prevent mental illness
  • Prevent negative behavior (e.g., drug use, violence, bullying)
  • Equip students with soft skills, including communication needed for workplace success
  • Promote self-management

John Norlin, co-creator of Character Strong, the curriculum on which Character Lives is based, will lead the training. Norlin is nationally recognized for his work to instill character development and teach servant leadership concepts in schools.

This weekend’s training will introduce a model to become the bedrock for educators in western Wisconsin, along with instructional techniques in how to build a sustaining program that will change the climate of the school and students’ lives from the inside out.


Westby Times editor

Dorothy Robson is editor of the Westby Times. Contact her at 608-637-5625.

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