Character Education Helpful Links

June 1, 2009

Council of Chief State School Officers
Organization responsible for the quality of our nation's elementary and secondary schools.

Council of Great City Schools
Council which promotes urban education through legislation, research, media relations, management, technology and other special projects.

Do Something
Organization which inspires young people to believe that change is possible; training, funding and mobilizing them to be leaders who measurably strengthen their community.

John Templeton Foundation Character Education pages
Supports a broad spectrum of programs, publications, and studies that promote the importance of character education during childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood.

Lake Braddock Secondary School Character Education pages
Character education pages for LBSS, an ERC partner school, including a code of conduct and values that are part of its comprehensive character development program.

University of Illinois Urban Programs Resource Network
Organization committed to improving the quality of education in our nation's schools. In addition, their web page contains a database on urban related topics.

Youth Web Online
Unites young people and adults from diverse backgrounds and communities in the fight against bias, bigotry and prejudice. Assistance and information about hate crimes, school violence, discrimination and human rights.

Advocacy and Research

American Education Research Association
The American Educational Research Association is an international professional organization with the primary goal of improving the educational process by encouraging scholarly inquiry related to education and by promoting the dissemination and practical application of research results. Its more than 22,000 members are educators; administrators; directors of research, testing or evaluation in federal, state and local agencies; counselors; evaluators; graduate students; and behavioral scientists. The broad range of disciplines represented by the membership includes education, psychology, statistics, sociology, history, economics, philosophy, anthropology, and political science.

Association for Moral Education
The Association for Moral Education (AME) was founded in 1976 to provide an interdisciplinary forum for professionals interested in the moral dimensions of educational theory and practice. The Association is dedicated to fostering communication, cooperation, training, curriculum development, and research that links moral theory with educational practice. It supports self-reflective educational practices that value the worth and dignity of each individual as a moral agent in a pluralistic society.

Character Counts Coalition
Coalition which emphasizes the need for character, to encourage accountability, to enhance ethical accountability, to enhance ethical decision-making, to create an atmosphere that encourages good character, and to support character development activities.

Moral Development Education
This web-page is a project of the American Educational Research Association Special Interest Group. It is located on the central web-server of the University of Konstanz, Germany.

National Youth Leadership Council
The National Youth Leadership Council's mission is to engage young people in their communities and schools through innovation in learning, service, leadership, and public policy. It accomplishes its mission through several related strategies:

  • Developing innovative model programs in schools across America
  • Creating curricula and training programs for educators and youth
  • Advocating educational reform and progressive youth policy
  • Conducting on-going research in youth issues
  • Maintaining extensive networks in support of these measures

Psychology of Morality and Democracy
This Web-Page is to provide quick access to unpublished material and programs by the work area Psychology of Morality and Democracy at the University of Konstanz, Germany. It is to serve students, doctoral students, and colleagues from the field of Psychology, Education, Sociology, and others, who like to explore our research and teaching programs, to discuss conferences papers and pre-publications papers, and to cooperate with us in research and applied projects.

Studies in Moral Development and Education (University of Illinois at Chicago)
This web page links together educators, scholars, and citizens who want to share their work, and learn more about research, practices, and activities in the area of moral development and education.

Youth Service America
Organization which is dedicated to building healthy towns and cities and fostering citizenship, knowledge and personal development through a powerful network of service opportunities for young America.

Programs and Curricula

Big Brothers and Big Sisters
The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of America is to make a positive difference in the lives of children and youth, primarily through a professionally-supported one-to-one relationship with a caring adult, and to assist them in achieving their highest potential as they grow to become confident, competent and caring individuals, by providing committed volunteers, national leadership and standards of excellence.

Corporation for National Service
Includes Ameri-Corps, Learn & Serve American, Senior Corps, America Reads, National Service Scholarships.

Educators for Social Responsibility
Educators for Social Responsibility (ESR), founded in 1982, is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping young people develop the convictions and skills to build a safe, sustainable, and just world. ESR promotes children's ethical and social development through its leadership in conflict resolution, violence prevention, intergroup relations, and character education. ESR supports educators and parents with professional development, networks, and instructional materials.

Giraffe Project
The Giraffe Project finds people who are sticking their necks out for the common good and tells their stories in the media. Their site features information the Giraffe curriculum for schools and on ways to bring it to your favorite school.
The Giraffe Project finds, commends and publicizes people who stick their necks out for the common good. The main activity is The Giraffe Program, a K-12 curriculum that teaches kids about real heroes and gets them going on lives of courage, caring and responsibility, AND the Giraffe Partners Trunk--everything a business or club needs to help a classroom full of kids to stand tall.

HIS Character was created to help families, individuals, businesses, law enforcement agencies, schools, health care givers, civic and governmental agencies, anyone teach character.

Josephson Institute of Ethics
CHARACTER COUNTS! is a nationwide initiative to support nonpartisan character education. Leading educational and human-service organizations work together as the CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition to reinforce the basics of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Maryland Student Service Alliance
The Maryland Student Service Alliance (MSSA) is a public/private partnership between the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) and the Student Community Service Foundation, Inc. Founded in 1988 by a group of educators that included Kathleen Kennedy Townsend (currently Maryland's Lt. Governor), MSSA provides technical assistance and support to public school students, teachers administrators, and school districts to help them meet Maryland's service-learning high school graduation requirement.

Character education company that creates interactive computer modules to teach students problem solving techniques and communication skills, reinforcing universally held virtues such as respect and responsibility

Missouri Center for Safe Schools
The Missouri Center for Safe Schools (MCSS) was established July 1995 within the School of Education of the University of Missouri-Kansas City under a grant from the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The Center provides workshops for adults and directly instructs students in conflict resolution, peer mediation, crisis management, and other aspects of school safety.

National Council for the Social Studies
Social studies educators teach students the content knowledge, intellectual skills, and civic values necessary for fulfilling the duties of citizenship in a participatory democracy. The mission of National Council for the Social Studies is to provide leadership, service, and support for all social studies educators.

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
The Learn & Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse collects and disseminates information for the service-learning field.

Virtues Project
The Virtues Project is an initiative which began in 1991 to empower individuals and families to live by their highest values. It is an approach which calls people to remembrance of the virtues, the qualities of character and the simple elements of spirituality honored by all cultures and sacred traditions. The Project was inspired by the desire to do something to counteract the rising violence in and around families. Education is the key to transformation, but it must involve education which touches the human spirit.

The WiseSkills character-building program combines a variety of positive prevention activities including: character education, community service, career awareness, conflict resolution, peer mediation, and parent involvement.


Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development
ASCD is an international, nonprofit, nonpartisan educational membership association committed to the mission of forging covenants in teaching and learning for the success of all learners. They provide professional development in curriculum and supervision; initiate and support activities to provide educational equity for all students and serve as a leader in education information services. They identify current technological issues, trends, and needs and serve educators through publications, software, telecommunications services, online topical searches, and consortium activities.

Center For Media Literacy
Organization which translates media literacy research and theory into practical information, training and educational tools for teachers and youth leaders, parents and caregivers of children.

Character Building Site
A source of stories that teach values. The Clearinghouse provides Character Education curriculum, library resources, classroom lessons, and literature sources that can be used with history and social science curricula in grades kindergarten through twelve.

Character Education Institute
The Character Education Institute, founded in 1942 in San Antonio, Texas, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation. The mission of the Character Education Institute is to help children develop into responsible citizens by developing, distributing, and implementing Character Education curriculum in elementary, middle, and high schools throughout the world.

Character Education Partnership
Organization for the development of moral character and civic virtue in young people as one way of promoting a more compassionate and responsible society.
The Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a research and advocacy group advancing the cause of CE. Serves as a forum for discussion and debate of CE issues. Site includes a searchable database of CE resources and organizations and a calendar of "CE Happenings.

Institute for Global Ethics
The Institute for Global Ethics is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian, and nonpartisan organization dedicated to elevating public awareness and promoting the discussion of ethics in a global context. As an international, membership-based think tank, we focus on ethical activities in education, the corporate sector, and public policy. Through its, Ethics In Education Program, the Institute actively works with schools, state departments of education, and educational organizations. The Institute has also developed curricular materials for use in middle and high schools.

Journal of College and Character
Resources and information designed to encourage discussion, research, and educational strategies on character development in college.

Live Wire Media
Live Wire Media produces and distributes guidance videos for character education for K-12. Their commitment is toward helping children become ethical, responsible, respectful people who think critically, solve problems non-violently, and make choices based on what's right instead of what's expedient. These programs are designed to build self-esteem and good values while preventing violence, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, school drop-out and suicide. Topics for elementary school include anger management, conflict resolution, bullying and teasing, prejudice and respect, cooperation, and doing the right thing. For secondary school, programs cover friendship and sex, drinking and driving, coping with pressures, communicating with parents, and handling emotions.

National Association of Secondary School Principals
NASSP reaffirms its historical and continuing commitment and support for principals, assistant principals, and other school leaders. Recognizing that technological, social, and political changes in the world are affecting how we educate youth, NASSP provides the professional resources for these leaders to be visionary change agents, collaborators within the school community, and risk takers. NASSP states a commitment to the intellectual growth, academic achievement, character and leadership development, and physical well-being of youth.

North Carolina Character Education Partnership
The North Carolina Partnership in Character Education will develop a model to promote the development of character and citizenship. The North Carolina Partnership in Character Education is comprised of three county school systems (Charlotte-Mecklenburg, Cumberland, and Wake) working collaboratively with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and the North Carolina Center for the Prevention of School Violence. The Partnership will develop, pilot, and disseminate a model character education program that can be replicated and adapted throughout the state and across the country.

Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS), US Department of Education.
Supports drug and violence prevention programs and administers the Department's programs relating to character education.

Partnerships in Character Education
Partnerships in Character Education is a multi-state Consortium funded in part by the U.S. Department of Education. The projects will help states work with school districts to develop curriculum materials, provide teacher training, involve parents in character education and integrate character education into the curriculum.

Project Wisdom
Project Wisdom is a collection of thought-provoking messages designed to be read over the PA or in-house television system during morning announcements. The messages inspire, motivate, and teach. Each message takes less than one minute to broadcast.

South Carolina Department of Education
South Carolina Department of Education is one of the states to receive grants from the US Department of Education's Fund for the Improvement of Education. The site contains reports outlining the Character Education programs and resources for teaches and administrators.

Utah State Office of Education
The Utah State Office of Education provides Character Education curriculum resources that emphasizes the necessity for schools to work in partnership with families and other community members to develop and implement character and citizenship education programs.