In Their Own Voice

High school senior Jaliya Moore shares how self-acceptance became one of her character strengths.


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 and around the world.

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What makes a School of Character special? Watch this short video to find out. 

is Vital 

Character shapes our children’s destiny, what makes them good people, and gives them the best hope for a brighter tomorrow. Advancing our children’s moral skills is where we must put our energy and resources. It has never been more important to nurture character in young people. 

Dr. Michele Borba

Author, Speaker, Parenting Expert

Tools and Resources
for Development provides valuable tools and resources to help our coaches and players learn the skills to build character. Sports is the perfect petri dish to cultivate character development in our youth.

Sarah Pickens
U.S. Soccer Foundation

Building a More
Compassionate World

With the responsibility of having our students’ education in our hands, it is fundamentally necessary to model and instill moral values to our youngsters. This will help us build a world that is compassionate because character determines our destiny in our society.

Evelyn Rodriguez Salcedo

Juan Pablo Duarte Jose Julian Marti School #28

We are stronger together

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

This month we feature Conscious Discipline.

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K-12 National Guidelines
Character and SEL recently developed National Guidelines 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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