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Character Education

Resources to build and develop character in youth; supports the core values of trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

"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.


Classroom Materials

The following have been identified as character education classroom materials:


U.S. Department of Education's Partnerships in Character Education Program External link opens in new window or tab.
Archived information on grants for character education programs. National Schools of Character External link opens in new window or tab.
Every year, 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.

Questions:   Coordinated School Health & Safety Office | 916-319-0914
Last Reviewed: Monday, August 14, 2023
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