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Engaging Families & the Community
A successful school transformation brings parents, families, community organizations, and local businesses into the discussion and ongoing implementation of character education efforts. Building these relationships will not only support your initiatives, but it may also open new opportunities to partner with these groups in unique ways.


Clifton Taulbert, member of Character Education Partnership’s Education Advisory Council and president of the Building Community Institute, shares the importance of developing good character in our children.


Harvard Graduate School of Education – Making Caring Common Project
Making Caring Common, offers resources to adults to promote caring, respect, and responsibility in children and teens. We’re working to make these values live and breathe in the day to day interactions of every school and home. We’re working to make caring common. Learn more >>


Statewide School-Parent-Community Partnership Model
The Utah Civility and Community Initiative encourages school and community activities that highlight civility as a ground rule in our shared public discourse and strengthens, as a core value, the quality of our communities, state and nation. With support from Lieutenant Governor Greg Bell and Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker, many Utah organizations and groups participated in the Initiative in a variety of ways. We invite Utah schools to join in.

To better support and give you some ideas on how to get started, we have created some resources to serve as guideposts as you get involved.

Letter to Utah Schools about Civility and Community
Civility Pamphlet for Schools
Activities Schools Can Do for the Community

Please visit www.utahcivility.org to view a short video spot that highlights a variety of conversations schools could have at the elementary, middle or high school level. (A special thanks to Salt Lake City School District for allowing classrooms to be filmed as students participated in this project.)