Validate & Certify

A key piece of character development is assessing and adjusting initiatives to keep growing. With The 11 Principles of Character as our guide, serves as an unbiased evaluator to validate your efforts and offer coaching for next steps.

For over 20 years, has evaluated and certified character initiatives in schools through National and State Schools (and Districts) of Character. In a rigorous application and review process, schools must demonstrate successful implementation of all 11 Principles for the entire school community. We score the application, highlight the school’s strengths and offer suggestions for improvement.


We evaluate and certify unique best practices based on the 11 Principles in schools, sports, higher education and other areas. These practices serve as valuable resources for others just getting started in their journey.


Each year, we honor individuals of character in the fields of education, sports, workplaces and families for their service to the community. We accept nominations from around the world and validate the nominees’ work before selecting the recipients.


Charles Haynes Wins Award,
Teacher Instructing,

Empower Communities

You can’t create Communities of Character alone. That’s why creates and curates the resources you need to get started and provides the network of support to help you reach your goals. now hosts the complete 11 Principles of Character, examples, a discussion board and other resources all on the Character Exchange. Share your own best practices and questions while exploring ideas from your peers.


We offer a variety of 11 Principles workshop options for those who want national coaches to come to you and your team. Workshops are great for a deep dive into the 11 Principles and as a way to start planning next steps with the whole team.


Students Walking in Hallway,
Teacher, The Character Exchange

Bring People Together

Character is first and foremost about our relationships with others. serves as the bridge that connects people all over looking to create caring communities. Together we can make lasting change.

We offer our members voice, visibility and resources to help them along their journey as well as access to an incredible network of practitioners and experts in the field. By being a part of this community, you can find mentors and even coach others.


The National Forum has brought together researchers, educators, parents and other community leaders for more than 25 years now with no sign of stopping. While most attend the National Forum for the resources or to celebrate a certification, they remember the Forum because of the connections they made.


Attendees Clapping, National Forum
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