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Sessions for School Teams and Trainers
Ongoing Staff Development & Systemic Change


“The Oak Hill teachers were unanimous in considering Dr. Borba’s message the most timely, useful and motivating they have experienced during their teaching careers.”
- Harold King, Principal, Converse. Indiana

“Dr. Michele Borba is the most exciting speaker I have ever heard. It was worth driving two hours to hear her!”
-Marne Boyce

“The feedback we have been getting as a result of your presentation has been extremely positive. Your session seems to have added impetus to the work schools were already doing in this area. We may now have another solid opportunity to engage our parents and the communities at large in positive ways and develop initiatives in the areas of citizenship and character development.”
- Vic Budz, Assistant Superintendent Grasslands Regional Division 6, Alberta

“What a vivacious speaker—enthusiasm through and through!”
- Cathy Nelson

“I have never witnessed such energy, enthusiasm and practical examples all rolled into one single speaker.”
-Rose Ann Fallon



Real educational change that is permanent and impactful must be systemic and ongoing. In addition, all stakeholders (teachers, students, administrators, classified, board members, parents and community) must be involved in the process, share the same common vision and language. This three-year staff development package is for schools, districts, organizations and communities who are committed to taking those steps to create intentional Moral Learning Communities based on the core principles of Building Moral Intelligence. Each site and organizational unit should have a designated trainer team that consists of at least three teachers (one of whom has affective training or background) and an administrator who empowers the team to implement their developed plan. The team may also include parents, students, counselors, business members, etc. The Model for Building Moral Learning Communities has been field-tested in several district divisions and organizations (rural, urban and suburban) and was responsible for a significant reduction in bullying as well as positive gains in prosocial behaviors of their students.

Dr. Borba can work with your whole staff training team or trainer teams a set number of days. Parent evening sessions are an option. Each team is responsible for developing a customized plan for building moral intelligence that fits the population’s unique culture, data, and beliefs. Possible components to a three-year staff development package are described though content may vary per site based on specific needs and goals of each organization, school, or community.

Dr. Borba’s Model for Building Moral Learning Communities
& Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence©

“Moral intelligence is the growing capacity to decipher right from wrong, choose then behave to act right and make ethical decision. These seven virtues are what youth need most to do what's right to help them resist any pressures that defy the habits of solid character.” Dr. Michele Borba, from her book Building Moral Intelligence


Phase I: Building Moral Intelligence: The Beginning Steps

  • Identifying common beliefs; turning your beliefs into your school’s moral intelligence vision; creating a student code of conduct based on your selected core virtues
  • Understanding moral intelligence and how the capacity influences’ student reasoning and behavior
  • Creating a simple daily teaching ritual or practices that influence students’ moral intelligence
  • Setting clear school-wide expectations based on chosen virtues and beliefs; turning rules into virtues
  • The Moral Core: Empathy, Conscience and Self-Control
  • Moral Intelligence Monthly Themes: Four simple ways to initiate a Monthly Character Theme
  • The TEACH Conscience-Building strategy to boost your beliefs and values and influence students
  • The Four R’s of Teaching Conscience: Ways to enhance student conscience
  • Teaching Respect: Examples of how one showcase school cultivated the virtue of respect school-wide; simple beginning ways to integrate moral intelligence virtues into your classroom content
  • The Four Stars to Process for Beginning Implementation: Common Vision; Involvement for Home, All Staff & Community; Not a Tack On: Simple ideas for integration; Goal = Behavior Change,
  • What a Moral Intelligence program IS and IS not. Where is your site?
  • The 10 Keys to Effective Moral Intelligence Programs: Which have you covered?
  • Identifying Your School At-Risk Population: Beginning connectors to reach out to your at-risk youth
  • Exposing Students to Moral Role Models: The Heroes Theme, The Donut Method Lesson Planner,
  • Monthly Character Theme: How to teach the virtue of Self-Control for behavior change
  • Five Steps to Teach Any Character Trait and Virtue: How to use the five steps to teach Kindness
  • Taking It Back: Creating a team plan for your school, classroom, district, organization or community



Phase II: Option A: Creating Moral Learning Communities

  • One Minute Lessons through All Content that Cultivate Virtue: Using the “Borba Tip Lesson Planner”
  • 7 Ways to Take Moral Intelligence Up a Notch
  • Developing an Eight-Square Character Theme Planner for Empathy and Conscience
  • The Borba “CHANGE” Behavior Strategy for At-Risk Youth: Aiming for specific and lasting behavior change
  • Targeting Your “Hot Spot”: Developing a proactive remedy for the virtue that lies dormant at your site
  • Getting the Virtue Off the Poster: Steps to go from the “Virtue of the Month” poster to actually changing behavior so students begin to walk the talk; teaching virtue as a verb not noun
  • Involving Students in Character Building: Giving students a voice and boosting Civic Learning
  • Parent Involvement: How to get more parents on board; reinforcing your school efforts at home
  • Creating a Data-Driven Program: Making your moral intelligence approach more grass-roots and data-driven --not a pre-packaged curriculum or character poster program
  • Moral Discipline Level II: Instilling beginning moral discipline practices; targeting specific negative behaviors, beginning stages of restitution
  • Virtue-Based Literature: Ways to integrate children’s literature and novels into moral intelligence; boosting literacy and moral intelligence; how to pull the “moral message” from literature; asking the “right questions” that stretch moral thinking



Phase II: Option B: Systemic Bully-Proofing – The 6 Rs to Reduce Bullying & Violence

  • Why Climate Counts: Characteristics and cultural conditions most conducive to bully-proofing
  • Breaking the Cycle of Youth Violence and Bullying: What really does work – proven best practices
  • 6 Rs to Reduce Bullying: Rules, Recognize, Report, Respond, Refuse, Replace
  • Data-Driven Bully-Proofing: The 4 W’s and 1 H Plan: How to collect the right data, survey students and analyze results to begin implementing a customized bully-proofing plan
  • Hot-Spot Plan: Identifying the one reoccurring area where bullying is most frequent; creating a plan to reduce aggressive or cruel peer behavior
  • 5 Star Change: Five stakeholders who must be involved; beginning steps to mobilize commitment
  • Identifying the Bully: Proven practices that turn around anti-social behavior; consequences that work
  • Mobilizing Bystanders: How to cultivate student compassion and moral courage; teaching the six skills of “Bully B.U.S.T.E.R.” to help bystanders defuse a bullying situation and stay out of harms way
  • Identifying Victims: Specific strategies to help bullied children become less likely to be victimized



Phase III: Integrating Moral IQ Into Students’ Minds, Hearts, and Behavior

  • Best Moral-Building Teaching Practices: How to boost achievement and moral intelligence
  • Socratic Teaching Methods: Class Meetings and discussion practices that stretch moral thinking, how to ask the right questions and hold the kinds of discussions that boost students moral reasoning
  • Moral Theories of Kohlberg and Gilligan: Using moral dilemmas to stretch moral reasoning
  • Teaching “Habits of Heart”: Proven teaching practices that cultivate student empathy
  • Authentic Moral Intelligence Activities: Boosting authenticity, relevance and meaning for students
  • Rethinking School Discipline Policies: Practices that stretch students’ moral intelligence and improve student behavior; restitution and restorative justice
  • Creating IMPACT: Six critical components for systemic change and achieving a lasting impact on our students’ character
  • Deliberately Teaching New Moral Habits that Change Behavior: How to teach new habits
  • Boosting Student Accountability: Eight-Square Character Theme Planner for perseverance
  • Civic Learning and Social Justice: Getting students more involved in relevant moral activities, broadening community involvement
  • Infusing Moral Intelligence Across Content
  • Developing an Action Plan for Immediate Integration



Trainer-of-Trainers Sessions
The key to establishing an ongoing and effective school-wide moral intelligence program is having an on-site trainer within the school or district. In this in-depth session Dr. Borba trains designated staff members from each building site or organization to become your Trainer. Certified trainers can then conduct their own ongoing staff development sessions for your staff. (2 to 5 day sessions tailored to your needs.)


Building Moral Intelligence School-wide: For Administrators and School Teams
This intensive one-day workshop will present practical strategies that can be readily implemented at the school and classroom levels to enhance the essential moral behaviors of empathy, conscience, self-control, respect, kindness, tolerance, and fairness. Participants will develop an understanding of moral intelligence and learn a framework for cultivating moral intelligence in classroom. This workshop is designed to build capacity for the development of caring and respect school environments. Administrators and teacher teams will learn to apply their knowledge by developing classroom and school-wide implementation plans.

  • Learn simple moral intelligence implementation strategies to create school-wide action plans
  • Recognize 11 essential steps to moral intelligence school-wide implementation
  • Understand moral intelligence, why it is important for developing Quality 21st Century Students, how it creates a safe, caring and respectful learning climate, improves behavior and reduces bullying
  • Develop immediate usable plans to start—or continue a strong moral intelligence program
  • Learn simple ways administrators and teacher leaders improve the moral learning climate
  • Learn a framework for cultivating moral intelligence in classrooms that helps teachers integrate moral intelligence builders into existing content
  • Understand why many kids can reason morally, but may not act morally
  • Understand how to apply moral intelligence practices to your unique student population so it meets your needs and becomes a home-grown process
  • Creating IMPACT: Six critical components for systemic change and achieving a lasting impact on our students’ character



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