High school students from Albert City/Truesdale and Alta recently participated in a Team Teacher training coordinated by ISU Extension on Wednesday, October 31 in Storm Lake.
The training prepared students for their role as cross-age teachers in the character education program, BOOMERANG! which will begin next semester. The following high school students will serve as Team Teachers:
Albert City-Truesdale: Sarah Demers, Karmen Loving, Abra Regennitter, Stephanie Fales, Jake Heuton, Kyle Swenson, Jennifer Hyde, and Cassi Johnson.
Alta: Jackie Moore, Jenny Mahr, Johanna Grieme, Jill Schroeder, Abbie Marks, Taylor Morehouse, Leah Marshall, Lamphay Bounyavouth, Jennifer Segovia, Ismelia Valencia.
In this program, certain character traits such as caring, respect, trustworthiness, fairness, responsibility and citizenship will be stressed. This will maintain a positive, safe and orderly learning environment and prepare youth to become responsible, productive members of society. The Team Teachers will facilitate character education lessons with 4th or 5th grade youth once a week for 15 to 16 sessions.
Lori Thompson and Jennifer Schumacher will serve as adult leaders for the program. In addition to participating in the recent training, Thompson and Schumacher will provide support and supervision of the high school teachers.
Although character education is not an innovative idea, there is renewed national interest in the need for rebuilding character - in home and classrooms and among state and local governments, businesses and youth organizations.
BOOMERANG! was revised and published in 2001 by Iowa State University Extension, with support from the Wellmark Foundation, Iowa Farm Bureau and the W.K. Kellogg Foundation through the Iowa 4-H Foundation. It combines character education with the approach of the Circle of Courage youth development model of Larry K. Brendtro, Martin Brokenleg and Steve Van Bockern. BOOMERANG! was originally developed in 1994 by Iowa State University Extension 4-H and youth development specialists with grant support from the W. K Kellogg Foundation.