Character & Wellness Curricula
An engaging, effective and developmentally appropriate character and wellness program ranks as essential as language arts, science and math for life preparation. COS reviews current practices, personnel, time availability and resources. Then, we give you an implementation roadmap, including a first-year pilot program to best assure adoption and long-term success.
Our team of credentialed, experienced researchers include Dr. Marisa Silveri and Dr. Ryan Travia of Harvard University who contributed to our models on substance use; and Dr. Claire Kaplan and Dr. Lisa Speidel of the University of Virginia, national leaders in sexual assault prevention education. Our expert researchers and practitioners hail from over 50 institutions, including Harvard, Yale, Dartmouth, Columbia, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, and Brown. They shape and infuse the content of our curricula. Our approach combines academic rigor with relevant current events, multi-media sources, community service and global citizenship.
How can we help?
Case Study #1
An independent school faced increasing problems with student disciplinary issues—from substance use and hate speech to stress and sexual misconduct. Advisory periods were being used by some, but not all faculty, to discuss some wellness issues with tremendous inconsistency in approach, comfort and learning outcomes.
We worked with the division directors and leadership team to inventory what was being done and by whom, while simultaneously creating a master plan for a four-year progression through 14 core wellness issues, with defined learning outcomes and a blend of internal and external resources. Traditional classroom course content was tied to relevant wellness topics when possible. We revised the structure of advisory meetings and trained a team of Wellness Advisors to lead conversations around areas matching expertise.
OUTCOME: Students, parents and faculty alike have raved about the structure and content of the new Wellness Program. Disciplinary issues have decreased. Pre and post-test assessment of student (and faculty) knowledge, attitude, behavior and bystander intervention skills have revealed incredible, positive movement in all areas.
“You are an exceptional educator and authority on bullying, cyber bullying and harassment. Your dedication to eradicate this phenomenon, coupled with your speaking skills allowed you to captivate the audience. You “kept it real “as you creatively wove the audience through a myriad of examples of harassment, the laws that have been written regarding harassment and bullying and preventative ways in which to deal with this serious issue in schools, places of business, etc. Thank you!”
- Advisory Groups
- Health Classes
- Peer Counselor Programs
- Peer Leadership Programs
- Athletics Programs
- First Year Experience Classes
- Life Skills Classes
- Resident Assistant Training
- Corporate Wellness Programs
- Residential Programs
- Summer Camps
Could you use our help? Try these questions.
- Are you hoping to effect culture change with 43 minute large-group assemblies lacking learning outcomes, follow-up discussion and student engagement?
- When addressing wellness issues, do you have parent support or parent resistance because academic success is more valued?