11 Principles of Effective Character Education At-A-Glance:


Principle 1 - The school community promotes core ethical and performance values as the foundation of good character.


Principle 2 - The school defines "character" comprehensively to include thinking, feeling and doing.


Principle 3 - The school uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development.


Principle 4 - The school creates a caring community.


Principle 5 - The school provides students with opportunities for moral action.


Principle 6 - The school offers a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed.


Principle 7 - The school fosters students' self - motivation.


Principle 8 - The school staff is an ethical learning community that shares responsibility for character education and adheres to the same core values that guide the students.


Principle 9 - The school fosters shared leadership and long-range support of the character education initiative.


Principle 10 - The school engages families and community members as partners in the character-building effort.


Principle 11 - The school regularly assesses its culture and climate, the functioning of its staff as character educators, and the extent to which its students manifest good character.

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