Research and Recognitions

Research

Learning for Life contracted Magnolia Consulting to conduct foundational research studies on all of the Learning for Life programs during a time frame that spanned 2013 – 2015. Foundational research encompasses habits, practices, beliefs, values, motivations, consumer profiling across an entire industry – in this case, character education programs.

The full report includes:

United Against Bullying (June 2013)

Developing Character in Early Childhood (October 2014)

Building Character in K – 12th Grades (July 2014)

Champions Program for Students with Special Needs (December 2014)

Substance Abuse Prevention for K – 6th Grades (February 2015)

INDEPENDENT RESEARCH REPORTS

Each of the following independent research reports have been conducted on the Learning for Life Curriculum-Based program by various experts over the years.

Character DevelopmentDr. Kevin Ryan, Boston University

Validation Study (2009)Evaluations System Design, Inc.

Florida Educator Outcome Survey (2005)Ulrich Research

We have had the LFL program for many years and it has become part of our curriculum to provide character lessons to our students on a consistent basis. Over the years, teachers have witnessed first-hand the benefits of incorporating character attributes in their daily routine, students feel a better sense of belonging, tend to respect the rules, and get along better with each other thus reducing the incidents of fighting, bullying, and classroom disruptions.

Francesca Lampugnani, Southwood Elementary

STANDARDS ALIGNMENT

Learning for Life curriculum aligns to the national core curriculum as well as the four states listed below. Our task force of educators is currently working to align our curriculum to the remaining states and territories that have adopted their own state standards.

RECOGNITIONS

Accredited Learning for Life schools and organizations have shown a commitment to positive youth development by completing a series of tasks as outlined in the application. Those who meet the requirements will receive an accreditation certificate. Submit your applications to your local Learning for Life office.

PRESIDENT’S VOLUNTEER SERVICE AWARD

Learning for Life has a proud history of service learning. Our volunteers continue to work to meet the needs of their neighborhoods and the community. In recognition of these outstanding achievements, Learning for Life is proud to announce the availability of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, a prestigious national honor offered in recognition of volunteer commitment. Established in 2003, this Award is given by the President of the United States and honors individuals, families and groups who have demonstrated a sustained commitment to volunteer service over the course of 12 months.

As a Certifying Organization of the President’s Volunteer Service Award, we can nominate potential recipients and distribute the Award to those who meet or exceed the Award criteria. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is issued by the President’s Council on Service and Civic Participation—created by President George W. Bush to recognize the valuable contributions volunteers make to our nation. To learn more about this award visit www.PresidentialServiceAwards.gov

INDIVIDUAL & SCHOOL AWARDS

If you would like to nominate someone for one of the following awards, please contact your local Learning for Life office.

Quality Classroom Award

Learning for Life offers a recognition plan for elementary and special-needs classrooms and students to encourage:

  • Regular classroom involvement
  • Participation in a variety of the character education categories or daily living skills lesson plans
  • High achievement by all
    participating students

Russell C. Hill Award

The Russell C. Hill Award is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations making an outstanding contribution to character education at the local, state, or national level that has added to the quality of life for families through Learning for Life programs.

Vivian Harris Award

The Vivian Harris Award is the highest recognition for individuals and organizations making an outstanding contribution to special education at the local, state, or national level that as added to the quality of life for families through Learning for Life programs.

Leadership Award

The Learning for Life Leadership Award is a distinguished award for high school students and adult volunteer leaders (over 21 years old) who have given exceptional leadership in Learning for Life programs.