Our people of character discussion ideas (like the one of former President Dwight D. Eisenhower below) have been designed to provide teachers with an easy way to integrate the student-related 5.0 Wheels of Success domains (Academic, Social/Emotional, and Character) into the classroom through the use of alphanumeric codes linking back to the Josephson Institute’s Model Standards. By focusing on the different components of each discussion idea as shown, educators are given a simple method for helping today’s youth become personal successes in their very own schools, homes, and communities.


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4 Simple Areas


  1. CHARACTER COUNTS!® 5.0 Wheels of Success Domain: Each week highlights one of the 5.0 Wheels of Success domains (Academic, Social/Emotional, and Character) and an accompanying statement for students promoting a related value, skill, or character trait. A corresponding alphanumeric code for teachers refers back to specific information contained in the Josephson Institute’s 5.0 Model Standards to further enhance the weekly lesson.
  2. Person of Character Biography: A different person of character, who demonstrates one of the Wheels of Success domains and a corresponding value, skill, or character trait, is featured each week. Included are an original drawing, brief biography, inspirational quotation, informational website, and student command statement promoting the week’s value, skill, or trait (also coded for teacher use with Josephson’s Model Standards). This area helps teachers illustrate to students the ways people have applied the Wheels of Success in their lives and provides families with topics for home discussion.
  3. Value-, Skill-, or Character Trait-Related Contribution: Here each person’s biography has been matched to a specific Wheel of Success value, skill, or character trait to illustrate the topic of the week and further highlight the person’s positive impact on the world through qualities that define student success.
  4. Question/Exercise: Designed to spark school and home conversation about the topic of the week, the question/exercise section helps students relate to the Wheels of Success and provides guidance on how they can integrate them into their own lives. The questions/exercises provide teachers with ready-made mini lesson plans to introduce or emphasize 5.0 in their classrooms.

College and Career Ready
Preparing our kids to be college and career ready means nurturing their minds, as well as their character and emotional well-being. A college and career ready individual is educated, possesses good social skills, is emotionally stable, and is guided by universally accepted character values. The topics addressed in our people of character discussion ideas, whether read independently or as part of a schoolwide effort, will aid in developing these standards required to succeed in life.