On Purpose: How Great School Cultures Form Strong Character

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Corwin Press, Nov 4, 2010 - Education - 208 pages

Discover how 12 ordinary schools achieved extraordinary results

Best-selling author Samuel Casey Carter showcases a dozen extraordinary K–12 schools where confident children joyfully strive to accomplish worthy goals in concert with their friends. These institutions focus on a culture of character as their foundation, and demonstrate scalable, sustainable, and replicable models for your school to emulate. The results are undeniable:

  • Students who are encouraged to build lasting personal character and a strong sense of purpose
  • Motivated teachers who feel rewarded for their work
  • Improved student achievement in multiple subject areas
 

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Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
About the Author
THEORY
Four Common Traits of Great School Cultures
Creating a Great School Culture
PRACTICE
Pleasanton California
Chicago Illinois
Arlington Virginia
Milwaukee Wisconsin
Charlotte North Carolina
Port St John Florida
Scottsdale Arizona
Newport News Virginia
Franklin Massachusetts

Phoenix Arizona
Hinsdale Illinois
New York New York
Endnotes
Copyright

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About the author (2010)

Samuel Casey Carter wrote On Purpose as senior fellow at The Center for Education Reform. Today, he is Senior Vice President for Global Corporate Social Responsibility for Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, a leading global education company committed to addressing education's dynamic challenges through individualized content, innovative technology and a holistic approach that inspires achievement and a lifelong love of learning. He is also Executive Director of the HMH Foundation.

Previously, Carter was president of CfBT USA, the United States charity affiliated with CfBT Education Trust headquartered in the United Kingdom, and president of National Heritage Academies, a charter school management company that operates more than sixty public charter schools in eight states, where he oversaw corporate strategy and the implementation of the company’s educational operations.

Carter is also the author of No Excuses: Lessons From 21 High-Performing, High-Poverty Schools, a book on the effective practices of high-performing schools that refuse to make poverty an excuse for academic failure. In addition to No Excuses, Carter has edited three other books including Mary Beth Klee’s Core Virtues, a literature-based character education program for parents and teachers of elementary school students. His articles, essays, and columns have appeared in more than 180 newspapers and magazines, including, The Wall Street Journal, Chicago Tribune, New York Times, New York Post, Washington Times, Los Angeles Times, Investor's Business Daily, and Detroit News.

After receiving a bachelor degree from St. John’s College in Annapolis in philosophy and mathematics, Carter studied theology at Oxford University and philosophy at The Catholic University of America. He lives in Washington, D. C.

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