Character Leader to Scale Up Digital Resources for Educators

John Templeton Foundation provides support for Character.org
digital learning tools

Washington, DC (November 28, 2016)—The John Templeton Foundation approved a grant for Character.org to develop a new digital resource based on the research and guidance in the Eleven Principles Sourcebook. The new product, currently called the “11 Principles eSource,” will be an e-learning tool that includes modules for individuals or group facilitation.

“We are excited that we will be able to provide instruction and guidance in the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education to a much larger audience,” said Becky Sipos, President & CEO..

The eSource will be used by individual teachers, counselors and administrators to further develop their competencies in advocating for and instilling a deep sense of character in their classrooms. It will also serve as the guiding resource for comprehensive school and community-wide professional development activities in character development.

“In conversations with educators, we have found a hunger for practical, proven guidance in developing character strengths in young people,” Sipos said.

Historically, Character.org met this need through a variety of resources, most notably the Eleven Principles Sourcebook. When published in 2003 (reprinted in 2007), it offered a compendium of practical research and resources for character education. Now as a large, printed publication, it does not match the growing needs of digital professional development.

“The time is ripe to convert the Sourcebook into a digital tool,” said Sora Wondra, Director of Development. “Not only will this project develop new delivery mechanisms, it will bring together researchers, writers and experts to update the content to better serve today’s educators.”

With this updated system, learning and assessment modules will provide a micro-credentialing mechanism. Once the digital version is complete, it can flexibly be used both by individuals and teams looking for best practices to improve their classrooms or schools with training or to develop strategic action plans around the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. Character.org will be able to reach and train a much larger audience with this new platform at a much lower cost and will enhance existing programs by promoting deeper education around core concepts.”

About Character.org: Character.org works with schools and districts to inspire, educate and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens. It is dedicated to helping young people be both smart and good through the advancement of quality character development in all schools. For press related inquiries, please contact Josh Steinfeld at Josh@character.org.