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California Department of Education
Official Letter
California Department of Education
Official Letter
June 15, 2018

Dear County and District Superintendents, Charter School Administrators, and School Principals:

Character Day

Join the California Department of Education for the fifth annual Character Day on September 26, 2018. Last year there were over 133,000 Character Day events in 150 countries and all 50 states.

Character Day is a free global initiative where school districts, individual classrooms, companies, organizations, and families—groups of all sizes—screen films on the science of character development from different perspectives, dive into free printed discussion materials catered to different ages, and join an online global conversation featuring prominent leaders discussing the importance of developing character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness)—all rooted in evidence-based research. Character Day is one day, but the resources are available year-round. Please visit the Let It Ripple Web page at http://www.letitripple.org/character-day/ to watch the one-minute trailer, for more information, and to sign up.

How Character Day Works:

  • Character Day and all of the materials are supported by grants so there is no cost to participate.
  • Your Character Day events can look and feel any way you would like—any time of the day, anywhere, and any size.
  • The Character Day team provides your group with films, the Periodic Table of Character Strengths Poster, printed discussion materials, a robust online hub of resources, and an online conversation with leading experts on character education from multiple perspectives.

Watch the Films:

Please visit the Let It Ripple Web page to watch the acclaimed films “30,000 Days” at http://www.letitripple.org/films/30000days/ (11 minutes), “The Science of Character” at http://www.letitripple.org/films/science-of-character/ (8 minutes), and “The Adaptable Mind” at http://www.letitripple.org/films/adaptable-mind/ (11 minutes) to get a better sense of what types of films will be shown on Character Day. A new feature length film, “Connected” at http://www.moxieinstitute.org/films/connected/, will be offered this year along with other curated resources from partner organizations.

Free hands-on discussion kits include a poster of the Periodic Table of Character Strengths, quotes related to the poster, a deck of 44 conversation cards with discussion guides, and questions for all ages.

I encourage you to share this information with your schools.

Sincerely,

Tom Torlakson

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Last Reviewed: Monday, June 18, 2018

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