Developing Character
in the Classroom

The Effect of Character in the Classroom

Schools that work with 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’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.

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By finding the common denominators of successful schools, and leading academics developed a flexible framework for effective character initiatives.

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Check out hundreds of plans that help students understand, reflect on and practice good character.

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Looking for inspiration from someone who’s been there? Our blog has great stories and tips from experts and practitioners.

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“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


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 the principles and submit a portfolio application. The evaluation process includes expert review, site visits and detailed reports for school teams.

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Promising Practices are unique and specific exemplary practices that can be used by others to address one or more of’s 11 Principles. Apply to share your own practice or browse previous practices for inspiration!

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Upcoming Events

Schools of Character Process Overview

November 17, 2017, Washington, DC and Arlington, VA

Join this training for a bird’s eye view into creating a School of Character. Spend the morning at Sheridan and see their work, followed by an afternoon at Marymount University.

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2018 National Forum on Character Education

October 5-6, Washington, DC

The National Forum offers informative sessions, awesome tours and inspiring keynotes. It’s the perfect opportunity to network and share best practices around character in schools, sports, families and workplaces.

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