11 Principles in Action

As schools started to close in Spring 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we as a staff wondered how school communities were coping with not only distance learning but also remote character development and relationship building. To no one's surprise, our Schools of Character found creative ways to thrive by continuing to focus on connection.

Cambridge Elementary School


School counselors at Cambridge Elementary, a National School of Character, share how they are embedding their school’s core values and building relationships in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. (Principles 1, 2, and 4)

Birmingham Covington 3-8 School


College student Jacob Acey and his mom explain the impact of service learning, and how attending Birmingham Covington 3-8 School, a National School of Character, changed his life. (Principle 5)

James McDivitt Elementary School



Principal Laurie Coletti shares how teachers at McDivitt Elementary are using technology to connect with students and their families and how her school embeds character into the discipline process. She shares how she knows that their character initiative is effective. (Principles 2, 7, 10, and 11)

Haynes-Inman Education Center

The principal and speech pathologist at the Haynes-Inman Education Center explain how using the 11 Principles to form caring relationships with their students and families helped their school navigate the Covid-19 pandemic. (Principle 4)

Juan Pablo Duarte Jose Julian Marti, School #28


A teacher and a counselor at School #28 discuss the impact of The 11 Principles and how weaving their school's core values into the fabric of the school has transformed all aspects of school life including academic performance. (Principles 2, 4, 6, 11)

Montclair Kimberly Academy


Rebecca Bauer attended Montclair Kimberly Academy, a National School of Character, 1st through 12th grade. She shares with us how the character strengths she learned at a young age gave her the tools to form positive habits she continues to practice as an adult. (Principles 1, 2, 11)

Liberty Elementary School

The school community at Liberty Elementary strives for continuous improvement as they deepen the teaching of character development. Principal Doug Knott, teacher Stacy Campbell, and students share with us their journey and how they are now focusing on helping students live their core values at home and in the community. (Principles 1, 2, 9, 10)