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ONALASKA — More than 170 educators from the Coulee Region will receive Character Strong curriculum training from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Onalaska High School.

CharacterStrong John Norlin


Character Lives, a program of Coulee Region Whole Child, is sponsoring the training to promote social-emotional skills and servant leadership in area high schools.

The curriculum can be integrated into existing classes or offered as a separate class.

John Norlin, a Seattle educator and co-creator of Character Strong, the curriculum on which Character Lives is based, will lead the training.

The training will introduce a model to become the bedrock for educators in western Wisconsin, along with techniques to improve student attitudes and school climates.

Coulee Region Whole Child founders include Festival Foods board chairman Dave Skogen and his wife, Barb; Misty Lown, owner of Misty’s Dance Unlimited in Onalaska; Marvin Wanders, CEO of Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions; and Patrick Clements, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel.

Studies have demonstrated that programs such as Character Lives boost academic performance; lower stress and help prevent mental illness; prevent negative behaviors such as drug use, violence and bullying; and equip students with soft skills, including communication needed for workplace success and self-management.

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Article looks like a marketing brochure, would have been nice to get some detail on the actual course details, what do they teach, how do they teach it.

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