How HC Works
At the core of SEL is the proven belief that giving children the ability to understand and cope healthily with their emotions allows them to thrive in relationships, educational settings, and so much more. By focusing on growing their emotional awareness, students learn to be respectful classmates, good listeners, and their own best advocates, propelling them to their academic stride—and this is just the start.
It has been proven that students who use HONORABLE CHARACTER™'s Management System in their early life perform better academically later on.
I taught 13 years without HONORABLE CHARACTER™ before it came into my realm of existence in 2008. And I can, with absolute conviction, say I will never again teach without HONORABLE CHARACTER™. Why? HONORABLE CHARACTER™ is great for students and for parents, but it is just as great, if not greater, for me. It provides me a structure to stay focused on the good choices my students make every day and all day long.
Barbara L., M.Ed., Master Teacher
This is the first program that I have ever seen that really integrates character building into the students' lives. I believe that this classroom management system is a true paradigm shift from conventional perspectives on character and behavior.
Steve H., Principal, M.Ed. from North TexasLearn More
Why HC exists
The HONORABLE CHARACTER™ story began in 1984 with a high-spirited, first-grader named Brad. Like many children, interactions with classmates sparked an unexpected, outgoing social side of his personality. The outcome: Brad frequently received corrections from his teacher for excessive talking. Disheartened, Brad mistakenly concluded that his teacher didn’t like him because “I get into trouble a lot.” The school’s approach to classroom management showed only one side of Brad’s character…and he was picking up the wrong message as a result.
When Brad’s mother, Vicki Vaughn, became principal at his school, one of her first initiatives was to recast the school’s classroom management practices and procedures. A new model—one that deliberately emphasized identifying and recognizing students for their positive character qualities—became the school’s new standard.
Vicki accurately predicted that by consistently emphasizing the honorable character within each student, teachers would achieve greater success in drawing out the best qualities within their students, minimizing the need for correction.
Today Brad is a cardiothoracic anesthesiologist and he credits his ability to excel in such a demanding career to his diligence. The strong work ethic he practiced as a young boy—a trait fostered through the encouragement and recognition of his teachers and then reinforced by his parents—became a habit that enables him to succeed in achieving one of his life’s goals and to serve as a contributing member of his community.