“Seeing the potential of 9 of my teachers have this training as we look to launch CharacterStrong in our building has been powerful. I can’t wait to see how this is going to transform our building.”
Lance Noell, Principal
“Every time I attend a CharacterStrong Training I walk away with valuable information that I can take back to school and apply with staff and students to increase the climate and culture of our building! This program has allowed us to share a common language and work together to create an environment that our students and staff want to be in, versus have to be in! Thank you!”
Stacia Hardie, Assistant Principal
“If you are considering a well rounded approach to bettering your educational staff, this is a program that must be considered.”
Nolan Maggs, Dean of Students
“The CharacterStrong training I received today was one of the best PD experiences I've had. It was engaging, informative, entertaining, and had a fantastic balance between sit-and-get and interactive activities. I couldn't recommend more highly.”
Davin Perry, Medical Lake High School, WA
“This should be required for all new teachers entering into our field.”
Roxanne Wickward, Medical Lake Middle, WA
“I have been present for 7 trainings in CharacterStrong and I will be back for 7 more. This training is the single best pro dev I have ever been a part of. If you want your culture at your school to be better, be a part of this training.”
Bob Gallaher, Eastmont High School, WA
“As educators, we don’t like to leave our classrooms. However, the training and materials received were worth the time!”
Shani Law, Warden School District, WA
“Today’s presentation was inspiring, motivating and career changing.”
Troy Cowan, Oak Harbor Intermediate, WA
“We started CharacterStrong lessons this year, but I didn't have the buy-in before now. I understand it better now and am eager to share it with my grade level team.”
Cynthia Bertomeu, Teacher
“This training allowed me to refocus on what is important in education. As a secondary teacher, I focus heavily on content and often don't see the need for the Social-Emotional Learning of my students.”
Bryce Jordan, Teacher
“CharacterStrong was a training worth attending. It totally highlights what is needed and missing. The interactions with other participants was empowering and helped build relationships with each other. At the same time, the training gave me ideas of how to use these activities with students, staff, and parents to build relationships and character.”
Mary Vang, Clovis Unified School District, CA
“As a school psychologist, I love how the focus of the training was on RELATIONSHIPS and the importance building relationships has on creating a culture and climate where children (and staff) are SEEN.”
Jill Duran, Clovis High School, CA
“It’s so important for all of us to grow our character and help kids learn these values...the value of influence...and building trust and the tools to do that. This training has been great and is needed at the site level and throughout the district to make the culture changes that need to happen at the staff and student levels.”
“I have come across three programs in my 30+ year career in education that I knew were imperative for my districts. In the 1980s came TESA (Teacher Expectation Student Achievement), in the early 2000s we found Professional Learning Communities, and today it is CharacterStrong. My staff needed assistance in learning how to navigate social emotional learning in teaching to the whole child. CharacterStrong hit the mark.”
Bill Motsenbocker, Superintendent
“If we want our schools to be places where students and staff want to be, we must begin with the people in them. The CharacterStrong curriculum does that. CharacterStrong provides the plan, resources, training, and support to empower both students and staff to be more empathetic, more thoughtful, more kind and, in turn, more successful. This research-based program is intentional, practical, and powerful. With its Whole Child, whole school approach, CharacterStrong has the potential to transform your school. (Did I say the training is fun, the trainers engaging and authentic, and the program adaptable for a class, an advisory, a school, or a school district? It is.”
Terry Hamm, Director, Texas Association of Student Councils
"This has been the best training I have ever received, including doctoral course. When you speak of paradigm shifts, this is the perfect example. CharacterStrong applies what we know to be true in a way we can understand and apply it. It is not a gimmick aimed at making someone rich. It’s a movement trying to change a global community. We value what we make time for. Make time for a positive culture shift that focuses on relationships first. Focus on being CharacterStrong!"
Logan Lacy, Keller, TX
"What a wonderful experience. Houston and his assistant was right on demonstrating the power of collaboration and Social Emotion Learning connections. This training makes us pause and think wholeheartedly of the whole child. This training was engaging and educational. I look forward to the next one."
Sherman McCray, Dallas, TX
"The kindest training I've ever attended. I felt valued, was challenged and learned from my presenters and fellow colleagues in the training!"
Ginger Robbins, Dallas, TX
"Loved every minute...comfortable and uncomfortable. Made new friends and experienced the CharacterStrong climate first hand. This will make me a better teacher, wife, mom, and person."
Valayne May, Dallas, TX
“CharacterStrong was just the voice we needed in our 46,000 student school district! Clear Creek Independent School District adopted a set of Core Values several years ago that guide our decisions, actions and character, and we are deeply committed to the social and emotional well-being and safety of our students. Our work with Houston (and the CharacterStrong team) has been tremendously instrumental in providing our staff with not only the motivation to stay committed to this work, but the resources and ideas to bring it to life. Houston Kraft has facilitated learning at our What’s In Your Heart? Character Conference, and our district wide rally. In addition, he has worked with all of our intermediate teachers to support the use of the CharacterStrong curriculum…We absolutely love working with Houston. His energy, passion and love for all things kind is infectious! We look forward to a long partnership[.]”
Stephanie McBride | Executive Director for Professional Learning, Clear Creek ISD
I have been in education for over a quarter of a century and this is, hands down, the BEST training that I have ever been privileged to be a part of. There are so many components that teachers of every age and discipline can use in the classroom. It also is self-reflecting and not only makes someone a better teacher after attending but also a better person. This presentation allows for professional and more importantly personal growth. I recommend it for EVERYONE that is involved in education. Teachers, secretaries, custodians, cooks, IT department, bus drivers, coaches and administrators. VALUABLE BEYOND BELIEF!!!
Pam Roh - Wisconsin Educator
This training opens your eyes to the importance of relationships in the classroom and how to build those relationships. Character is something that we can change & need to make a habit and as educators to model as a teacher.
Rebecca Farnham - Seven Lakes High School
I am going to be honest when we started using CharacterStrong, I was very skeptical. I could not fully buy in, which made it hard for me to have my students buy in. Now that I have done this training there are many different things I want to implement into my classroom and school!
Lauren R. - Seven Lakes High School - Teacher
I think CharacterStrong is going to do great things for our school. The best part is that my teachers are taking ownership; I am simply supporting them. This training allows you to vulnerable and honest with yourself and your staff. Tough - but awesome experience for me as a principal to experience this with my teachers.
Ted Vierling - Seven Lakes High School, TX - Principal
Over my 11 years of teaching, I have seen an increasing need for something more in education. It is no longer enough just to teach our educational content, we need to educate the whole child and shape better human being. CharacterStrong is the best way of going about this, I have seen to date.
Ashley Griffith - East Valley High School, WA
I think it is extremely eye opening and as a previous student who took a leadership class from John but was not super involved in leadership after that semester I still saw the way these teachings affected the climate and culture at the school. And now in my own classroom and school especially as a new teacher I can see the way that the curriculum is starting to work it’s way into the children’s lives. I truly believe that keeping this going will positively impact our school and our district.
Makynzie Frost - Carmichael MS, WA
Character Strong is a transformational program that has made a huge impact in our school, and in my classroom. I have always felt like I had a focus on relationships with my students, but this program takes it to another level.
Dyan Woodward - Enterprise MS, WA
To any teacher that has been in the trenches, is a dedicated professional, who is all about the kids, CharacterStrong is for you! This program will transform YOU! and your teaching will be better.
Travis McClelland - Enterprise MS, WA