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Comprehensive Character Education

Comprehensive Character Education is a holistic, integrated approach to teaching and developing character. It is educationally challenging, systematic, continuous, broad and in-depth, and incorporates many different strategies. Ideally, it is integrated and evidenced throughout the entire school or youth organization (top to bottom) with the ultimate goal of creating an enduring and robust “culture of character.”

Studies and experience have shown that a comprehensive approach to character education and development, leading to a strong “culture of character,” yields the best long-term educational and behavior results. The goal is for the child to grow up to be a smart, responsible, caring and other-centered individual. According to long-time, recognized experts in character education, Lickona & Davidson (2005), this approach will help a child become a:

  • Lifelong Learner and Critical Thinker
  • Diligent and Capable Academic Performer
  • Socially and Emotionally Skilled Person
  • Ethical Thinker
  • Respectful and Responsible Moral Agent
  • Self-Disciplined Person Who Pursues a Healthy Lifestyle
  • Contributing Community Member and Democratic Citizen
  • Spiritual Person Engaged in Crafting a Life of Noble Purpose

Comprehensive Character Education covers not only “performance character” (teaching a student to perform better), but also “moral character” (teaching a student to be a good person). Ideally, it begins in a child’s earliest years and continues throughout adulthood with a “growth mindset”. Since children are always growing and changing, tailored programming is required for children of different ages and developmental stages.

A Comprehensive Character Education program must include, but is not limited to:

  • Vision for Character Development and Leadership Learning
  • In Depth Study of Virtues Vocabulary
  • Curriculum Design and Implementation
  • Integration into the Whole School
  • Development of a Culture of Character
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Positive Psychology
  • Strengths Learning and Development
  • Peer Interaction
  • Family/Community Involvement
  • Parental Education and Training
  • Direct Teaching
  • Experiential Learning
  • Motive(s) Analysis
  • Use of Multiple Strategies