Character education resources

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You must be very careful when searching for resources about charater education so as not to offend various religions and cultures. Many groups use the guise of character education to promote a hidden agenda. Thus I have tired my best to make sure that the materials here are of good quality and do not reflect a particular point of view.

That said, a good character education program can set the framework for better students, citizens and society.

Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education

http://www.character.org/principles/

Organizations

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Teachers guide, lesson plans and ideas
www.actsofkindness.org

K-12 Giraffe Heroes Program

Free sample lesson from the K-12 Giraffe Heroes Program.
http://www.giraffe.org/k12_3.html

Wise Skills Resources – Free Lessons
http://www.wiseskills.com/samples.html
These free sample lessons serve up a generous variety of interconnected activities and experiences to help your students develop good character. Written by a former teacher

Do Something
http://www.dosomething.org/
If you want your kids to be passive and docile, don’t let them near this website. It’ll fill their little heads with ideas about making the world a better place, and empower them to do something about it. Whatever you do, don’t click on the “Action Guide.”

The Ethics Connection at the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics
http://www.scu.edu/ethics/practicing/focusareas/education/
Ethical dilemmas for young people written as dialogs. Lots to think about, talk about, write about. Also, they have a very useful framework for ethical decision making, which is at


Kids Care Clubs
http://www.kidscare.org
Dedicated to developing compassion and the spirit of charity in children. This organization provides children, families, schools, and religious groups with meaningful opportunities to help others in their local and global communities. You can set up an affiliated club in your elementary school.

Teaching Tolerance (for teachers)
http://www.tolerance.org/teach/
A national education project dedicated to helping teachers foster equity, respect, and understanding in the classroom and beyond. This website offers excellent classroom activities as well as tremendously useful resources for teachers.

Tips for Keeping the Peace
http://www.esrnational.org/keeppeace.html
Teach your students these practical tips for preventing fights.

Active Peer Mediation Programs
http://www.coe.ufl.edu/CRPM/othersites.html
A list of helpful sites for Conflict Resolution/Peer Mediation

Center for the 4th and 5th Rs
THE CENTER FOR THE 4TH AND 5TH RS serves as a regional, state, and national resource in character education. A growing national movement, character education is essential to the task of building a moral society and developing schools which are civil and caring communities.
http://www.cortland.edu/www/c4n5rs/

School for Ethical Education
The School for Ethical Education (SEE) teaches strategies to put ethics in action.
www.ethicsed.org


Association for Moral Education
The Association for Moral Education (AME) provides an interdisciplinary forum for professionals interested in the moral dimensions of educational theory and practice.

http://www.amenetwork.org/

ASCD (Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development)

http://search.ascd.org/query.html?col=cmsplus&qt=character+education

Character Plus
CHARACTERplus is a project of the Cooperating School Districts, involving over 30 public school districts in the St. Louis area. Their website offers many useful resources for character educators.
http://info.csd.org/staffdev/chared/characterplus.html

Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character
www.bu.edu/education/caec

A well balanced link page

http://midgefrazel.net/character.html

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