Our Schools of Character

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Character.org is a nonprofit organization that works with schools, districts and organizations to develop a culture where young people thrive both academically and ethically. We provide the tools, methods and productive strategies that educators, parents, community members and workplaces need to create caring and productive environments.

Our Schools of Character and Promising Practices programs utilize the 11 Principles to evaluate a school or classroom’s climate and character initiatives. Those that demonstrate mastery of the 11 Principles through a rigorous application and evaluation process are designated as State/National Schools of Character and Promising Practices to be honored and serve as mentors to others.

A Framework for School Success

The 11 Principles of Effective Character Education are the cornerstone of Character.org’s philosophy on effective character education. Each principle outlines vital aspects of character education initiatives that should not be overlooked in program implementation. From curriculum integration to extra-curricular activities, from parent and community partnerships to staff development, the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education offer fundamental guidance for educators and community leaders to maximize their character education outcomes. This document serves as an excellent outline for program planning and can easily be integrated into staff development and self-evaluation.

Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education reflects current movements within education and the best practices being implemented in our model schools, Schools of Character. It includes key indicators that outline what constitutes an exemplary level of implementation for each Principle.