Is it really back-to-school time already?
Oceanside, California schools are preparing to open their doors on Thursday to a brand new school year with brand new students and – brace yourselves – a brand new framework for their classroom curriculum.
Yes, that’s right. Over 100 Oceanside School District educators attended the first annual Communities of Excellence – Living the 8 Keys teacher training event yesterday at our headquarters and it was a huge success! During the four-hour training session, teachers learned how to deliver “Key Lessons” to their students as well as how to integrate the 8 Keys of Excellence into their classroom curriculum using our new “one-stop shop” website, www.CommunitiesofExcellence.org.
We want to give a huge THANK YOU to teachers at the four introductory Communities of Excellence schools who came out yesterday:
Garrison Elementary School, Reynolds Elementary School, Coastal Academy, and Jefferson Middle School
We hope you had a great time and took away some strategies to implement the 8 Keys into your classroom.
Now a little bit about the program. CoE is open to schools across the nation and can be implemented in individual schools or at a district level. Participating teachers and school administrators receive training in the 8 Keys curriculum, which focuses on one Key per month from September through April and an 8 Keys celebration in May. Over the course of the program, students receive a set of 8 Keys keycards and a key ring.
One of the greatest features of this program is the all-inclusive Communities of Excellence website. There, teachers and students have separate, password-protected areas where they can access 8 Keys lessons, worksheets, and learning activities as well as share pictures, videos and stories from their classrooms. Supporters of the character development program also gain access to a private area of the website, which contains 8 Keys training material for use with company employees and corporate clients.
We are very excited about this new initiative and invite you to help us spread the good news to your friends and colleagues. Please click here if you’re interested in learning more about integrating CoE into your classroom/school/district.
Have a great start to your school year!