The ESSENTIALS: High Standards & Improvement – Building the Habits for Excellence (Digital Curriculum)


The ESSENTIALS is a research-based character development and leadership enhancement program designed for educators working with Middle and High School-aged youth. The ten focus areas in The ESSENTIALS series represent critical competencies for developing character and culture skills needed for success in school, extra-curricular activities, work, and beyond.

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High Standards & Improvement – Building the Habits for Excellence

The title of Geoff Colvin’s book says it all: Talent is Overrated. The scientific research makes it clear that stars are made not born, and natural ability is overrated — even though most people still think the best performers are “just born that way.” The Habits for Excellence summarizes three major strategies that contribute to maximizing one’s potential for excellence: seeking capable coaching and constructive feedback, the will to get started and the grit to stick to it, and the importance of deliberate practice. In this module, participants will evaluate their habits for excellence by utilizing the Habits for Excellence Personal Profile and discover strategies to apply the habits to their own life.

CASEL Core Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competency Alignment: Self-Management

Six Pillar Alignment: Responsibility

Pricing per Site/School:
o Up to 250 students: $250 per module, per site
o 251 – 500 students: $500 per module, per site
o Over 500 students: $750 per module, per site

Additional discounts offered for District-wide (multi-site) pricing. Contact us for a proposal.

Module includes a facilitator guide and student workbook in digital format plus editable PowerPoint slides.

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Digital File Download: After product is fully-paid and you have agreed to the licensing terms and conditions, you will receive an email from a CHARACTER COUNTS! customer service representative with links to your digital files.