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In Their Own Voice

Recent HS graduate Kyla Hurns reflects on core values she learned in elementary school


Become a National School of Character certifies schools and school districts that have implemented the rigorous standards described in our 11 Principles Framework for Schools.

These schools serve as an exemplary model for all schools across the United States.

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Grounding our students
in character

There are things our students are exposed to – in the media and culture – that run counter to positive character development. We believe that if we can ground our students in our core values they will have the resilience to be strong when they are not at school.

Rene Rovtar
Montville Township School District

Sports teams and
character development

The 11 Principles developed by provides athletic programs the framework to build, implement, and measure a purposeful character development game plan.

Andy DiDomenico
Assistant Coach, Sprint Football
U.S. Military Academy at West Point

Character is the
essential foundation

My six-year-old son Jesse was murdered in his first-grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary. What I have learned is that we're not born with character. It must be taught at home and in school. This simple fix would have saved my son and well as the life of his perpetrator.

Scarlett Lewis
Chief Movement Officer
Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation

We are stronger together

Our mission at is to be the voice and
advocate for all character-inspired organizations.

This month we feature the Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement

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K-12 Model Standards
Character and SEL recently developed Model Standards to connect character development and social-emotional learning.

What is
Current research suggests four dimensions: Moral Character, Performance Character, Intellectual Character, and Civic Character.

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Promising Practices
Character development occurs in homes.
In schools. In communities. On sport teams.
We encourage you to submit your
Promising Practice!

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