The Character Effect™ Supports Students’ Mental Wellness at Kings Local School District
The Character Effect™ has had a big impact on the students and staff at Kings Local School District since the district implemented the program in several of their schools last year. As part of a larger and comprehensive mental health strategy in the district, The Character Effect™ is unique in its focus on not only the students but on the teachers as well. A focus on discovering and unlocking students’ unique strengths partnered with the positive psychology of mindfulness through teacher self-care is making a real difference.
“There are programs that have become routine in the district. “The Character Effect” focuses on mindfulness and positive psychology while older students are set-up with the “Atlas for Schools” program. That’s an app that walks students through modules for different feelings from sleep health to coping skills to stress reduction. – Kim Sellers, Social-Emotional Health Coordinator, relates it to the “Calm” app but for Gen Z.
Innovative programs like The Character Effect™ meet students, teachers, and parents where they are at in their journey and have a profound positive impact on a school’s culture.
“It’s something that kind of meets them where they’re at. It’s their generation. It speaks their language and it’s something that they can really relate to,” Sellers said.