Character.org

Character.org

Character.org is a non-partisan, non-profit organization that advocates for character.

Formerly known as the Character Education Partnership, we have relentlessly advocated for character since 1993 -- because we believe character is at the core of who we are. Today, Character.org creates and shares resources that support people around the globe, including our 11 Principles Framework for Schools: A Guide to Cultivating a Culture of Character. Our vision is to serve as the hub for all

01/08/2024

The students of Imagine East Mesa in Mesa, Arizona, participate in one of eight House systems that is the focus of this 2023 Promising Practice. Through an intentional implementation where relationships are at the root, this House system has generated a new enthusiasm among staff and students. All staff members, including cafeteria workers, teachers, bus drivers, and school leaders, are members of a House encouraging staff and student interactions that otherwise would not be possible without this practice.

01/07/2024

We posed the question, "Why do some students lie?" to two pupils, and here are their perspectives!

What's your opinion? Is it about meeting expectations or gaining something?

Participate in our next and let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

01/07/2024

Millstone Middle School is starting out 2024 strongly as they continue to uplift their students daily!

They're a school that believes in being respectful, inclusive, empathetic, united, and productive, teaching students that the future can be better if we all work together!

01/05/2024

Meet Dover Hills Middle School located in Dover, New Jersey! Their Promising Practice, “Character Counts,” is a student mentorship program for students in grades 6-8. These student leaders use the district’s Core Values of Trustworthy, Integrity, Giving, Empathy, Respect, and Service to create activities for classroom visits with younger elementary students using discussion, videos, and artwork.

01/03/2024

Integrity can manifest itself in unexpected situations.

Continue reading to discover the incident of a student who accidentally stayed logged in at his job while he was at driving school. The unexpected turn of events at the end unveils his reaction to this predicament!

What would be your response if you were in a similar situation? Let us know your thoughts!

01/02/2024

The Dalai Lama, a beacon of wisdom, reminds us that kindness is not conditional, it's a choice.

This powerful statement encourages us to infuse every interaction with kindness, irrespective of the circumstances.

After all, kindness isn't just an act, it's a lifestyle that enhances our lives and those around us.

01/01/2024

This is the energy we are welcoming 2024 with!

2023 was amazing, and we capped it off just right in November with our 30th Anniversary Forum. For 2024, we hope to bring even more energy and joy into what we do, hoping to inspire all future leaders around the world!

12/31/2023

Thank you for standing with Character.org in 2023! Your support has been invaluable. Here's to achieving more milestones together in 2024.

Wishing everyone a Happy New Year filled with prosperity, peace, and continued success! Cheers to a brighter future!🥳🎉

12/30/2023

Leonard Elementary, located in Troy, MI, is dedicated to helping change the world for the better through different programs, the most notable being Family Circles — a practice where students from kindergarten to 5th Grade meet to create bonds and share experiences.

Through values such as kindness, integrity, and respect, Leonard Elementary is striving to make a difference.

12/29/2023

Our wealth may fluctuate, and our health may decline, but our character remains the fundamental aspect of our identity. If we lose our ethical direction, we lose our core. We should concentrate on cultivating a robust character that surpasses any tangible asset.

12/28/2023

Ivanhoe Grammar School, located in Melbourne, Australia, is the proud recipient of Australia’s first Promising Practice! This practice, “Ivanhoe Grammar School Army Cadet Unit - A Community of Character,” encourages students to participate in the Cadet Unit from Year 8 onward and focuses on building collegiality in the community and developing character strengths such as leadership, resilience, service, courage, and integrity.

12/27/2023

Today's video showcases a courageous young girl who opposed harassment. She took action when she saw a classmate being treated poorly, averting a possible altercation. Her story underlines the fact that defending others is an effective method to develop character and foster respect.

12/26/2023

The students of Forest Hills Elementary in Florence, Alabama, participate in Community Meetings where positive character traits are taught and practiced. The school is a proud recipient of its first Promising Practice, “Virtue Videos.” School and community members engage as partners to create monthly videos that show the importance of living out the virtues both in life and in the workplace.

12/25/2023

Christmas is a time to celebrate and look back on what the year brought to us.

We at Character.org hosted our 30th Anniversary International Forum, and it was a monumental event that only reinforced our commitment to character education around the world.

From our team to you, Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas!

12/24/2023

What drives students to lie? In this intriguing episode, we explore if the desire to fit in or the fear of getting into trouble is the primary reason behind students' dishonesty. Don't miss this in-depth examination.

12/23/2023

This is Green Trails Elementary in Chesterfield, MO, and they are a proud National School of Character!

They follow a school mantra that sticks easily with students: They are responsible, respectful, caring, and they always persevere. This teaches students that there is always a way, you just have to find it!

12/21/2023

Woodridge Elementary, located in San Antonio, Texas, is the proud recipient of a 2023 Promising Practice. “Dream Week” activities highlight the connection between the teachings of Dr. Martin Luther King to the school’s Be the WE core values. During class meetings and buddy class discussions, students are encouraged to connect and reflect on their future goals and aspirations.

12/20/2023

In the latest edition of our ' ' series, we introduce a student who selected honesty instead of keeping quiet. She bravely reported an instance of cheating she observed during an important exam. This act underscores her robust character, demonstrating that although doing the right thing can be challenging, it's worthwhile.

12/19/2023

Embrace the power of knowledge, but never underestimate the value of character. Together, they form the foundation of a respected individual.

Strive for wisdom and integrity to make a meaningful and lasting impact on the world around you.

12/19/2023

Adrian Burnett Elementary of Knoxville, Tennessee, is the proud recipient of its first Promising Practice, “Cardinal Commitments.” Students and staff start each day with a Morning Meeting that focuses on newly created core values along with trauma informed practices. This practice is a vital part of the school’s mission to “ensure that all students are safe and loved so that they can be successful in academics and in life.”

12/17/2023

The latest episode of tackles a challenging question: What makes it difficult for students to behave appropriately? Is it apathy, or an inability to foresee the outcomes?

Discover it yourself by tuning into our series, and continue to join us as we delve into these captivating student reactions.

12/16/2023

This is Klenk Elementary in Houston, TX, and they are a proud National School of Character!

Discover how their core values of Passion for excellence, Attitude of growth, "We" not "me", and Skillful innovators translate into their daily teachings, where students are shaped to be the next generation's leaders.

We are PAWS-itive that they will continue to grow and thrive in 2024!

12/15/2023

Meet Alamo Heights High School! Located in San Antonio, Texas, this school is a proud recipient of a 2023 Promising Practice. “Heights Clothes Closet” provides clothing security for students and community members in need.

Ensuring the dignity and privacy for all closet consumers is a top priority, which is achieved through individualized shopper anonymity with a trusted adult.

12/14/2023

Our Laws of Life contest is back for 2024 and there is still time to enter before the 2024 deadline!

The Laws of Life essay contest encourages middle school and high school students to reflect and write about a core value that means the most to them – and why.

Sign up here: https://character.org/laws-of-life-contest/

12/13/2023

At times, assisting others may not be the correct course of action, particularly if it goes against our principles.

Even though certain school tasks may be difficult, it's crucial to consistently give our all instead of opting for shortcuts.

12/12/2023

Helen Keller's wisdom discloses a hidden truth: real joy arises when we comply with the laws of life. It's not dependent on luck, but rather on comprehension and acceptance of these laws.

By practicing this, we welcome unwavering happiness into our lives. We should adhere to life's laws and enjoy the benefits.

Photos from Character.org's post 12/11/2023

This year at our International Forum, we had many partners who were there supporting us and making sure to make the event an amazing one by sharing their mission.

Next year will be even bigger and better — hope to see you there!

12/09/2023

The students over at Wright City West Elementary are excited and happy to lead a path of character and good values.

A school that teaches its students character values and has a strong West Family Mindset, is a school that is prepared to take its students far and beyond their capabilities to become great leaders in the future.

12/08/2023

Cornerstone School of Alabama is a proud recipient of a 2023 Promising Practice! Multi-age groups of students lead ways to share the school’s core values of Love, Respect, Responsibility, Integrity, and Perseverance through scripture, teachings, heart-felt conversations, and art during the school’s chapel service once a month.

Photos from Character.org's post 12/08/2023

A month has passed since our 2023 International Forum. We still think about it with fondness and hope that next year will be even bigger and better!

Today we have a of a circle activity in our 11 Principles Workshop. Can't wait to do it all again next year!

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Videos (show all)

What Would You Do - Why do some students lie?
Millstone Middle School
Integrity is important!
Leonard Elementary in Troy, MI
Standing up for others!
Why do some students lie?
Green Trails Elementary
Did you miss our 2023 International Forum? If so, check out this video to catch a clip of one of our speakers, Antonio C...
Always choose honesty!
Some students fail to behave appropriately — but why?
Klenk Elementary is a National School of Character
#DoTheRightThing - When helping others might not be the right thing to do

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