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Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education

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Commissioned by the Character Education Partnership (CEP), the Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education presents a comprehensive guide to the development and assessment of character education programs in our nation's schools.

Two of the country's prominent leaders in character education, Dr. Catherine Lewis and Dr. Thomas Lickona, provide a compelling review of the critical principles essential to any effective character education program. Also appearing are Sanford McDonnell, Chairman Emeritus of McDonnell-Douglas Corporation and other school administrators.

Visit schools in Maryland and New York where quality character education programs are being implemented by skilled and resourceful staff. This video is an invaluable resource for all schools that are developing or assessing their character education initiatives.

Eleven Princples of Effective Character Education (Developed by the Character Education Partnership):

1. Character education promotes core ethical values as the basis of good character.

2. "Character" must be comprehensively defined to include thinking, feeling, and behavior.

3. Effective character education requires an intentional, proactive, and comprehensive approach that promotes the core values in all phases of school life.

4. The school must be a caring community.

5. To develop character, students need opportunities for moral action.

6. Effective character education includes meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners and helps them succeed.

7. Character education should strive to develop students' intrinsic motivation.

8. The school staff must become a learning and moral community in which all share responsibility for character education and attempt to adhere to the same core values that guide the education of students.

9. Character education requires moral leadership for both staff and students.

10. The school must recruit parents and community members as full partners in the character-building effort.

11. Evaluation of character education should assess the character of the school, the school staff's functioning as character educators, and the extent to which students manifest good character.

The viewer will: 
  • Be introduced to the 11 Principles of Character Education
  • Learn what character education is and what it promotes
  • Be able to identify how the school environment and curriculum can foster character education
  • Understand who must be involved in making character education programs effective
  • Learn how to evaluate character education programs
  • Acknowledge the role of the Character Education Partnership in promoting and assisting educators and the community as they work to integrate moral virtues into the school and community

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National Professional Resources (NPR, Inc.) has been a leader in the field of education publishing since 1968. Founded and operated by educators with a deep commitment to the success of all learners, our mission is to provide teachers, administrators, and other school staff with quality tools and resources that will better enable them to help every student achieve success. To this end, we publish books, quick-reference laminated guides, and produce videos by leading voices in the field of education. We also carry thousands of the most in-demand educational resources from other leading publishers and producers, including material for parents and students.

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