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Building the Habits for Excellence


Building the Habits for Excellence summarizes three major strategies that contribute to maximizing one’s potential for excellence. Students will evaluate their habits and learn how to apply these strategies to their lives.

Building the Habits for Excellence is a curricular resource from The ESSENTIALS series. This digital series features ten critical skills for character development and positive school culture. The series is research-based and designed for educators working with grades 6-12.

SEL Alignment: Self-Management

Six Pillars of Character Alignment: Responsibility

Focus Area: High Standards & Improvement

Each resource also includes several extension activities and teaching ideas.

View all 12 ESSENTIALS modules

Frequently Asked Questions about The ESSENTIALS

What’s Included
  • Building the Habits for Excellence Facilitator Guide: Includes a lesson script, extension activities, additional research, and alignment to the Six Pillars and social-emotional skills (27 pages)
  • Student Workbook: Includes a student assessment (7 pages)
  • PowerPoint: Follows the lesson script and can be customized to meet your needs
Pricing per Site
  • Up to 250 students: $250
  • 251 – 500 students: $500
  • Over 500 students: $750

Contact us to learn about discounts for district-wide (multi-site) pricing. 

This item is not eligible for additional discounts, including the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition Membership discount.

License and Distribution

This product includes a perpetual, non-exclusive, non-transferable limited-use site license. Customers agree to terms and conditions at checkout.

Digital Download
After purchase, you will receive an email from CHARACTER COUNTS! with links to the digital files.

Building the Habits for Excellence
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To maximize your utilization of The ESSENTIALS resources, CHARACTER COUNTS! offers workshops to help you learn strategies for integrating your ESSENTIALS modules into your classroom, team, or school. Workshops can be customized to address the ESSENTIALS modules you ordered and can vary in length to adapt to your schedule. Contact us at customerservice@charactercounts.org or 515-271-4840 to schedule your training workshop.


The ESSENTIALS are designed and delivered in partnership with the Excellence with Integrity Institute and The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University

The ESSENTIALS and Excellence with Integrity are trademarks of the Excellence with Integrity Institute.

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