C.L.A.S.S., Lifelines and Life Goals

C.L.A.S.S. tell me more?

Connecting Learning Assures Successful Students

Creating successful schools with collaboration skills, brain research, and character education.

C.L.A.S.S. was founded in 1989 by Barbara Pedersen.

The Foundation of C.L.A.S.S.  can be found at  http://www.indianaclass.com/aboutus.html.  
“The C.L.A.S.S. philosophy is grounded in the belief that best teaching practices are based from the understanding of the human brain; a systemic understanding of human beings; and the interactions among human beings and the environment. The science of the brain has evolved significantly in the past decade and continues to do so. One reason is the growing intersections of findings from several disciplines including neuroscience, cognitive psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, technology, creativity research, gifted research, and physics. Another is the newly developing science of brain imaging, which has rapidly accelerated our understanding of the brain and the human mind. Utilizing findings of research on brain-based learning, the C.L.A.S.S. Model has transformed entire school communities, weaving climate, community, and curriculum together in positive and purposeful ways. ”  C.L.A.S.S. Education, Inc..    

The Culture
C.L.A.S.S. believes that given the proper support and guidance, that all people have the ability to be productive contributors to the world. It is the interdependence of character/social development and cognitive development that drives these abilities. How this action is conducted drives the C.L.A.S.S. mission, resources and services. 
Example of Lifelines being used in one of our WWS Classrooms. Credit:  Mrs. Stephan, MGES, 3rd Grade

How can I support my child and  C.L.A.S.S. at home?  Ask your student about Life Goals, the Life Goal Pledge,  and what Lifelines they are talking about in their classroom.     Select Lifelines to talk about at home.    Give verbal praise when you see a Lifeline in action.    Ask your child about how a Lifeline can improve a situation or opportunity.

Here is an example of a conversation about Patience –   Created by Clinton Central / Parkside

The following information was put together by student ambassadors at Parkside to share an example of Patience and how it can look, sound, and feel.

Patience: To wait calmly without complaining

  • Looks Like: Standing quietly in line, Smiling and looking pleasant, Sitting quietly, and Thinking positively
  • Sounds Like: Maybe silent, friendly conversation, polite, caring, kind, peaceful, positive self-talk
  • Feels Like: Difficult sometimes, self-control, soothing self-talk, and good inside and proud.


  • Home Advice: Be patient if you are upset with your siblings. Wait patiently to play with something. Be patient when your parents are talking with others or you are in the store.
  • Ambassador School Advice: Practice Patience when you are taking a difficult test. Be patient when waiting in line in the café. Practice patience on playground equipment. Be patient and raise your hand.
  • Ambassador Community Advice: Be patient in line at the store, help your family be patient while driving in the community, be patient at restaurants while waiting on food, be patient when people make mistakes.

Enjoy practicing C.L.A.S.S. in your home.   Your child is an excellent resource.   Share the list below with them and they may have a Lifeline or two that they would enjoy talking to you about.

Treat People Right.
Do the Right Thing.
  • ACTIVE LISTENING: To use your ears, eyes, heart and undivided attention.
  • CARING: To feel and show concern for others.
  • COMMITMENT: To stick with a decision.
  • COMMON SENSE: To make good choices.
  • COOPERATION: To work together toward a common goal.
  • COURAGE: To be brave.
  • CREATIVITY: To use your imagination.
  • CURIOSITY: To seek to understand.
  • EFFORT: To work hard.
  • EMPATHY: To understand and experience the feelings of others.
  • ENCOURAGEMENT: To give others hope.
  • ENTHUSIASM: To show interest and excitement.
  • FAIRNESS: To play by the rules.
  • FORGIVENESS: To let go of anger and resentment.
  • FLEXIBILITY: To be willing to change plans.
  • FRIENDSHIP: To care about another person.
  • GENEROSITY: To be giving and willing to share.
  • GRATITUDE: To be thankful.
  • HONESTY: To tell the truth.
  • HUMILITY: To be modest and respectful.
  • INTEGRITY: To do what is right even when no one is looking.
  • INITIATIVE: To do something that needs to be done without asking.
  • JOY: To share happiness with others.
  • KINDNESS: To be helpful and caring.
  • LOYALTY: To be faithful and true.
  • MANNERS: To use social skills in different situations.
  • ORGANIZATION: To plan, arrange and keep things in order.
  • PATIENCE: To wait without complaining.
  • PERSEVERANCE: To keep trying and not give up.
  • PERSONAL BEST: To be the best you can be.
  • PROBLEM-SOLVING: To create solutions.
  • RESILIENCE: To recover from problems and setbacks.
  • RESPECT: To treat others the way they should be treated.
  • RESPONSIBILITY: To be accountable for your actions.
  • SELF CONTROL: To be in control of what you do and say.
  • SENSE OF HUMOR: To laugh and have fun without hurting others.
  • SIGNIFICANCE: To understand the qualities of being important.
  • TRUST: To be dependable and truthful.
  • WELLNESS: To take care of your body and mind.