Sports

Character Creates Teamsthat Win–On and Off the Field A CHARACTER WORKOUT Athletic training and competition provides players and coaches with rich opportunities to develop character. By developing one’s fitness and sportsmanship, sports are powerful training camps that instill a personal and communal focus on character. DEVELOPING GOOD CHARACTER STARTS IN PRACTICE Players and coaches develop when they are presented with challenges on both the practice field and the playing field. SPORTS AND THE COMMUNITY Athletes are role models and leaders in their communities. Creating and supporting character-focused teams has a positive impact far beyond the field. Stay Informed Check out our blog for tips from communities of character. THE 11 PRINCIPLES IN TEAMS OF CHARACTER The 11 Principles is a flexible framework that is used at the Character Combines. It doesn’t just help teams develop better athletes, it helps them develop better people and better communities. Download the 11 Principles COACHING PLANS AND RESOURCES Learn best practices and gain inspiration from those who have been in your shoes through our conferences and membership. Conferences Membership POPULAR CHARACTER IN SPORTS BLOG POSTS CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT THROUGH SPORT BECOMING A BETTER PLAYER THROUGH CHARACTER CHARACTER ON AND OFF THE FIELD VIEW FROM THE SIDELINES Click Here to Browse All Blog Posts “I never tried to get into the Hall of Fame; I only tried to be the best that I could be.” Walter Payton | Former Running Back, Chicago Bears A CHAMPION FOR …
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Workplaces

Developing Characterin the Workplace What Happens In a Workplace Focused on Character? Character-focused workplaces bring out the best in everyone. With a common goal and shared vision, employees are more effective. Workplaces of character see improvements in productivity, creativity, satisfaction and positive community perceptions. IMPROVING PERFORMANCE THROUGH CHARACTER A positive workplace culture increases employee engagement, resulting in better attendance, increased productivity, higher employee satisfaction and stronger company loyalty. Among companies that report high employee engagement: 18% Report Higher Productivity 37% Report Higher Job Growth 65% Report Higher Share Price Source: Studies by the Queens School of Business and by the Gallup Organization Stay Informed Subscribe for weekly best practices from the character community. Honoring Corporations Of Character We certify character initiatives through an in-depth evaluation process. For-profit and nonprofit criteria are based on a framework developed with the academic community and leading corporations including McDonnell-Douglas, General Motors and McGraw-Hill. For more information or to join our 2018 cohort, please contact us. PROMISING PRACTICES Promising Practices are unique and specific practices that can be used by others to address Character.org’s 11 Principles. Submit your 2018 Promising Practice THE 11 PRINCIPLES OF CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT IN WORKPLACES This framework helps to create greater clarity of mission and a culture of productivity and engagement. Coming Soon STRATEGIES AND RESOURCES Learn best practices and gain inspiration from those who have been in your shoes through our conferences and membership. Conferences Membership CREATING CHARACTER IN THE …
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Schools

Developing Characterin the Classroom The Effect of Character in the Classroom Schools that work with Character.org to develop a school-wide focus on character report improvements in: Academic Achievement Behavior School Climate Teacher Retention Parent Engagement Creating a School of Character By implementing Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, schools become part of a caring community where people are excited to come and learn every day. Over time, the process produces a clarity of mission that improves morale and creates environments for enthusiastic learning. Get Started Download our free “Getting Started” toolkit. Access the toolkit THE 11 PRINCIPLES By finding the common denominators of successful schools, Character.org and leading academics developed a flexible framework for effective character initiatives. Download the 11 Principles LESSON PLANS Check out hundreds of plans that help students understand, reflect on and practice good character. Explore Resources EDUCATORS BLOG Looking for inspiration from someone who’s been there? Our blog has great stories and tips from experts and practitioners. Browse the Blog “I have not been part of a more meaningful experience than the Schools of Character process. More than an award or certification, the 11 Principles have become an ongoing tool for continued improvement.” Charlotte Oates | Principal, Eisenhower High School, Lawton, OK SCHOOLS & DISTRICTS OF CHARACTER The Schools of Character program certifies character initiatives according to our 11 Principles, providing feedback on strengths and weaknesses. Schools and districts assess their work in each of …
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The Guiding Powerof Character The Cost Of Character Are you worried about the decline of civility? So are 95 percent of Americans who believe it’s linked to an increase in violence, bullying and discrimination. Annually, U.S. companies lose $400 billion to internal fraud. It’s evident we need resources that encourage and develop character. The Power Of Validation It’s difficult to know when you’re on the right path to good character. But, receiving affirmation through validation and certification provides assurance that your character journey is moving in the right direction. The Effect Of Character Communities focused on character overcome challenges and achieve their goals more efficiently. When we band together and support each other’s successes, we create powerful and caring communities. Our Solution Providing Validation and Direction for Character Initiatives Since 1993 Why With ongoing direction and guidance, character can be cultivated. People of good character can positively impact our communities in a sustainable way. How We validate good character by bringing people together, sharing ideas and recognizing achievement. Download the 11 Principles What Our focused framework includes: Research-based evaluation Feedback and accreditation opportunities Resources and mentoring Conferences, communities and networking Explore Our Four Gateways Of Character Schools Schools can help students become good people, not just good test-takers. With over 20 years of experience, Character.org has a library of resources and tools to help educators create Schools of Character. Explore This Gateway Sports Some coaches drill their teams to win …
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Promising Practices-October 2017

Here are a few practices submitted by 2017 Promising Practices recipients. Their practices focus on one or more of these principles: Principle 1: The school community promotes core ethical and performance values as the foundation of good character. Principle 2:  Defines “character” to include thinking, feeling, and doing. Principle 3: The school uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development. Show your Jesse Wharton Giraffe SPOTS! Jesse Wharton Elementary, Greensboro, NC (Principle 1 & 3) Teachers teach a new character trait each month. Students vote on classmates who exemplify that character trait. Classes can earn SPOTS to put on their class giraffe when they Show Respect, Practice Kindness, Observe Safety, Think Carefully and Share Responsibility. Good character is discussed each morning on the announcements and classes teach SPOTS ideals daily. Boys On The Move Sumner Elementary School, Greensboro, NC (Principles 1 & 3) Boys on the Move is a program that our physical education teachers supervise in the mornings in Sumner’s gym that allows a small, select group of male students to participate in early morning physical activity. These students generally have a difficult time in the classroom staying on task and refraining from disruptive behaviors. The program was initially conceived by our male physical education teacher to provide motivation and reinforcement for our most challenging students. The members of the Boys on the Move program report to the gym as soon as they arrive to school in the morning, check in with …
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