170 La Crosse area teachers to be trained in Character Strong curriculum

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ONALASKA — More than 170 educators from the Coulee Region will receive Character Strong curriculum training from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Onalaska High School.

CharacterStrong John Norlin


Character Lives, a program of Coulee Region Whole Child, is sponsoring the training to promote social-emotional skills and servant leadership in area high schools.

The curriculum can be integrated into existing classes or offered as a separate class.

John Norlin, a Seattle educator and co-creator of Character Strong, the curriculum on which Character Lives is based, will lead the training.

The training will introduce a model to become the bedrock for educators in western Wisconsin, along with techniques to improve student attitudes and school climates.

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Coulee Region Whole Child founders include Festival Foods board chairman Dave Skogen and his wife, Barb; Misty Lown, owner of Misty’s Dance Unlimited in Onalaska; Marvin Wanders, CEO of Three Sixty Real Estate Solutions; and Patrick Clements, a retired U.S. Air Force colonel.

Studies have demonstrated that programs such as Character Lives boost academic performance; lower stress and help prevent mental illness; prevent negative behaviors such as drug use, violence and bullying; and equip students with soft skills, including communication needed for workplace success and self-management.