2015 National Schools of Character Announced

Character.org named 64 schools and 3 districts from 14 states as 2015 National Schools of Character at the National Press Club on May 13.


Each school or district is recognized for its commitment to character education and for fostering a positive environment for social and academic learning.

“Each of the schools and districts designated as 2015 National School of Character has done a tremendous job linking ‘smart and good’ programs to so many youth; enriching students’ lives across the USA,” said Becky Sipos, Character.org’s President & CEO.

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Celebrating, Assessing and Setting Goals


As the school year draws to a close, it’s time to celebrate successes, reflect on challenges. 

Dr. Thomas Lickona, psychologist and character education expert, has said that if schools wish to make a lasting difference in students’ character, “they need a comprehensive, holistic approach (one where schools) look at themselves through a moral lens and consider how virtually everything that goes on there affects the values and character of students.”

For most, the end-of-year assessment comes in the form of tests and surveys. But the challenge comes...


Twitter Chats: What Goes on Inside a School of Character?

In our series of three twitter chats our 2015 Schools of Character will be sharing their strategies for helping students to become smart & good. They will be answering tough questions about establishing core values, encouraging intrinsic motivation and incorporating meaningful service learning into the curriculum. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn from these exemplary schools.


Wednesday, May 20th - 8:00-9:00 pm EDT 

Thursday, May 28th - 8:00-9:00 pm EDT 
Tuesday, June 2nd - 8:00-9:00 pm EDT

Use the hashtag: #SchoolofCharacter

Sandy_Award_statue_cropped__webCall for Sandy Award Nominations 
Deadline: Friday, May 29

Each year, Character.org honors one individual for his or her long and steadfast commitment to character education. The person so honored receives the prestigious “Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education,” Character.org’s highest honor. Who do you know that deserves this honor?

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2015 Promising Practices Named
Hundreds of effective strategies that develop good character in young people are recognized. This year’s winning practices include unique anti-bullying programs, creative ways to integrate character and academic subjects, effective strategies for developing student leadership, and activities that build community. 


Join hundreds of other educators for the 2015 National Forum on Character Education
Register before June 15th to save $100

  • See why the Forum is a must-have for your professional development.
  • Gain high-impact strategies for tackling your toughest school challenges from our National Schools of Character principals, teachers and counselors.
With more than 70 sessions over two days with expert speakers and practitioners, you’ll leave with real take-aways and strategies to begin implementing immediately.  

Register now to get the best deal before prices increase June 15th!


11 Principles and 6 Pillars - A Powerful Combination Training

Register for this 2-day training in our Nation's capital on how to infuse the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education and the 6 Pillars of Character to improve your academics, decrease your behavior issues and build a strong school culture. 

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News Briefs

The Jubilee Centre Regrets to Announce the Death of Dr. Jack Templeton
May he rest in peace. President and chairman of the John Templeton Foundation, Jack was actively involved in the Foundation since it was established in 1987 by his late father, Sir John Templeton. A great man, great vision and a great heart. The full obituary can be found here. >>

Ethics Survey Is Back
On alternating years for most of the past two decades, the Josephson Institute has proudly presented the National Youth Ethics Survey and just announced that it is back in 2015! This comprehensive examination of the opinions of middle and high school students is a bi-annual look at how America’s teenagers view critical life decisions like lying, cheating and stealing. To participate, sign up before May 31. Learn more >> 

#RiseNepal fundraiser
Our friends at the Global Peace Education have launched the #RiseNepal Campaign to recruit and coordinate volunteers and supplies to help relief and the long term recovery efforts since the 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit areas surrounding Kathmandu on April 25. They have a number of Character and Creativity Initiative Schools in Nepal with students and families affected. Learn More>>

New Study From AAA Showing Increased Levels of Distracted Driving Among Teens
In a new study from the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, distracted driving among teenagers is a much bigger problem than originally thought. The group says it analyzed nearly 1,700 dashcam videos capturing the actions of teen drivers in the moments before an accident. Read the full report >>

New Tool for Suicide Prevention
In March, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) released its latest free mobile app, Suicide Safe, during a national press conference. Experts in suicide prevention joined together to unveil this new learning tool for health care providers . . .
Read more >> 

Plant Seeds of Character

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Advocacy Update

The Senate bill to reauthorize ESEA, now called the "Every Child Achieves Act,"was passed by the Senate HELP Committee on April 16th. Full Senate floor consideration of the "Every Child Achieves Act" is expected before the end of May (always subject to change.) For the first time in five years, this legislation offers the promise of Federal level funding specifically for Civics and History.


Looking for More Character Education Resources?

The Character.org blog offers a wealth of information for teachers, principals, counselors and parents. On the first of every month the blog begins with a Character Resource Roundup, a compilation of materials that will help you to comprehensively address one of our 11 principles in your classroom or home. We also feature stories from our Schools of Character so that you can learn from their best practices. We even have interviews with experts in the field and guest posts from published authors. Interested in staying up-to-date with our most relevant content? Subscribe now >>

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It Takes Courage to Make Schools Better
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