Actually, character education is not an add-on; implemented effectively, it is infused into school culture and integrated into the curriculum. The best way for a school to get started is to call together a representative group of teachers, administrators, parents, and community members (students too if old enough). Decide which qualities you want your graduates to possess or how you want your school culture to be. This is the first step in shaping your action plan, and also the time to look at hard data relating to your school, such as discipline referrals, attendance rate, suspension figures, standardized test performance, report card grades, and teachers' input. These assessments help you determine what it is that you would like to change. Many New Jersey schools have found that they have called on another school (preferably of the same grade level) with a strong track record in character education to address the group. However, keep in mind that each school and community is unique. What works best for one may not be right for another. Research studies have shown that schools that have implemented character education effectively have improved student academic performance as well as discipline. These outcomes often help in getting the buy-in of teachers.