"Effective schools seek to develop and reinforce character traits, such as caring, citizenship, fairness, respect, responsibility, and trustworthiness, through a systematic approach that includes adult modeling, curriculum integration, a positive school climate, and access to comprehensive guidance and counseling services."
Elementary Makes the Grade! (California Department of Education, 1999)
The Role of Character Education in Public Schools
Character education can be incorporated into a standards-based educational system in a variety of ways.
- Bonner Center for Character Education
- Center for the Character and Social Responsibility
- Character Counts
- Good Character
- Judicious Discipline
- LESSON ONE
- School for Ethical Education
- University of San Diego Character Development Center
- What Works Clearinghouse
- WiseSkills Character Education
The following have been identified as character education classroom materials:
- Character-Based Literacy Program
- Film Clips for Character Education
- Giraffe Heroes Project
- Lessons in Character
U.S. Department of Education's Partnerships in Character Education Program
Archived information on grants for character education programs.
Character.org National Schools of Character
Every year, Character.org names ten public and private schools and districts as National Schools of Character for their outstanding work in improving the behavior and learning of their students through character education.