11 Principles Sourcebook

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Eleven Principles Sourcebook

The Eleven Principles Sourcebook© provides the best information available on effective character education in one extraordinary resource. Kathy Beland, Series Editor, crafted the Sourcebook© to richly illustrate effective character education, drawing on real-life examples from National Schools of Character award winners and merging the contributions of national experts in character education, social and emotional learning, service learning, and civic education.

For coordinators, schools, districts, communities and family members who prefer to learn together with the help of a good “coach,” CEP now offers special Sourcebook Workshops to complement the Eleven Principles Sourcebook© materials.


List of Guides

  1. Creating a Foundation – Character education holds that widely-shared, pivotally important, core ethical values – such as caring, honesty, fairness, responsibility, and respect for self and others – form the basis of good character.
  • Understanding Character Development – As children grow in their character, they develop an increasingly refined understanding of the core values, a deeper commitment to living according to those values, and a stronger capacity and tendency to behave in accordance with them.
  • Developing a Comprehensive Approach – Schools committed to character development look at themselves through a moral lens to assess how virtually everything that goes on in school affects the character of students.
  • Creating a Caring School Community – All children and adolescents have needs for safety, belonging, and the experience of contributing, and they are more likely to internalize the values and expectations of groups that meet these needs.
  • Providing Opportunities for Moral Action – In the ethical as in the intellectual domain, students are constructive learners; they learn best by doing.
  • Providing a Meaningful Academic Curriculum – When teachers bring to the fore the character dimension of the curriculum, they enhance the relevance of subject matter to students’ natural interests and questions, and in the process, increase student engagement and achievement.
  • Fostering Students’ Self-Motivation – Schools of character work with students to develop their understanding of rules, their awareness of how their behavior affects others, and the character strengths – such as self-control, perspective taking, and conflict resolution skills – needed to act responsibly in the future.
  • Engaging School Staff – Like students, adults grow in character by working collaboratively with each other and participating in decision making that improves the classrooms and school.
  • Fostering Shared Leadership – At least initially, many schools and districts establish a character education committee – often composed of staff, students, parents, and possibly community members – that takes responsibility for planning, implementation and support.
  • Engaging Families & Community Members – Schools that reach out to families and include them in character-building efforts greatly enhance their chances for success with students.
  • Character Education Evaluation Toolkit – To what extent do students manifest understanding of, commitment to, and action upon the core ethical values?