This is the second time we've had Houston speak to our students and the growth of both the message, the speaking style, and whole package of CharacterStrong to support the message has just been phenomenal. I am highly recommending Houston to my colleagues in High School Activities and Administrative positions.
We had Houston join us on our second day of school this year. We connected his message to our roll out of PBIS in our school this year. His assembly set the tone and framework for PBIS / creating a positive and inclusive school climate. Additionally, Houston stayed and spoke to our staff in a special All Staff meeting after school. We don't usually have staff meetings on Thursdays and I was nervous that staff would skip it in favor of setting up their new classes (also very important). But I was blown away that all of our staff came and so many came up to me afterwards to comment on how valuable it was to get a pep-talk / reminder from Houston about the importance of building our relationships with students - that before serious learning can happen, we have to show that we love and value the students we are trying to teach.
Since having him speak our first week, we have now rolled out CharacterDares to all students and staff are able to have a language to talk to students about character. I'm so excited for how this has invigorated this whole approach to teaching our students and it is a perfect dovetail for PBIS work!
Johanna Phillips - Shorecrest High School, WA