11 Principles of Effective Character Education
The 11 Principles of Effective Character Education are the cornerstone of CEP's philosophy on effective character education. Each principle outlines vital aspects of character education initiatives that should not be overlooked in program implementation.
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A Framework for School Success

CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education includes CEP’s Quality Standards scoring rubric, so the Quality Standards stand-alone publication will no longer be needed. The new 11 Principles includes updated language to reflect current movements within education and the best practices being implemented in National Schools of Character model schools and districts. The new 11 Principles also now includes key indicators that outline what constitutes an exemplary level of implementation.

The 11 Principles of Effective Character Education are the cornerstone of CEP’s philosophy on effective character education. Each principle outlines vital aspects of character education initiatives that should not be overlooked in program implementation. From curriculum integration to extra-curricular activities, from parent and community partnerships to staff development, the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education offer fundamental guidance for educators and community leaders to maximize their character education outcomes. This document serves as an excellent outline for program planning and can easily be integrated into staff development and self-evaluation. In fact, find out from one educator how influential implementing the 11 Principles has been. Watch video

A PDF of this publication may be downloaded.

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The 11 Principles at a Glance

The 11 Principles of Effective Character Education explains each of the 11 Principles and includes a scoring guide. It defines each principle more specifically in terms of two to four items that describe what the principle should “look like” when implemented. Download the entire publication (PDF).

  1. The school community promotes core ethical and performance values as the foundation of good character.
  2. The school defines “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing.
  3. The school uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development.
  4. The school creates a caring community.
  5. The school provides students with opportunities for moral action.
  6. The school offers a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed.
  7. The school fosters students’ self-motivation.
  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.
  9. The school fosters shared leadership and long-range support of the character education initiative.
  10. The school engages families and community members as partners in the character-building effort.
  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.

 

Staff Development


11 Principles Training and our new webinar series are available to help you and your staff develop a deeper understanding of these principles and learn how to implement them in your school or district. Trainings can be done for a school, a district, or in partnership with other districts. One-day or two-day seminars are offered. Staff development can be customized for your needs.