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Character and Virtues Links

Character Education from a Catholic Perspective

A comprehensive approach to character building in Catholic schools Thomas Lickona’s article on the Catholic Approach to Character Education.

Character-Centered Families and Schools An interview from Zenit in which Thomas Lickona advocates Character Education in Catholic Schools.

How Not to Teach Values: A Critical Look at Character Education An article by educational iconoclast Alfie Kohn who accuses much of modern character education to hold a negative anthropology, be overly behaviouristic and be rooted in Catholic tradition. He calls for a wider understanding and practice of Character Education.

Our Language Our Story Rooted in the theological and cardinal virtues, “Our Language, Our Story” provides practical tools and clear strategies to help build the character of students through the model of Jesus Christ. -From the Eastern Ontario Curriculum Cooperative.


General Character Education Sites

Alberta Character Education The Alberta government has created a comprehensive character education website.

CASEL CASEL’s mission: CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social &Emotional Learning ) will enhance children’s success in school and life by promoting coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning as an essential part of education from preschool though high school.-Website

Character Education Partnership Character Education Partnership is dedicated to developing young people of good character who become responsible and caring citizens. The Eleven Principles of Character Education are found on this site.

Character Counts The most widely implemented approach to character education — embraced by thousands of schools, communities, public agencies and nonprofits. Nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian — promotes the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, citizenship. The national office develops and supports local activists with training programs, special projects, materials and consulting. –website

Center for the 4th and 5th R’s The Center conducts K-12 character education trainings, research, and evaluation and publishes The Fourth and Fifth Rs “best practices” newsletter. We define character education as the intentional integration of excellence and ethics—developing performance character (doing our best work) and moral character (doing the right thing) within an ethical learning community.-Website

Character Matters: the York DSB Approach York Region District School Board’s approach to character Education.

The Giraffe Project We’re a national nonprofit that since 1984 has been moving people to stick their necks out for the common good and giving them tools to succeed. –website

York Region Character Community York Region takes a community approach to Character education that encompasses schools (public, Catholic, & private), businesses and government in a coordinated effort to create Communities of Character.


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