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Character Education helps Students become better Learners, Classmates, and Citizens

Trautwein Accelerated Elementary School, St. Louis, M.O.

In education today, there is the concern that we put too much on our teachers’ plates. Trautwein Accelerated Elementary School believes that character education is the plate. It supports everything they do. With character education support, students become better learners, classmates, and citizens; staff become better colleagues and models for students; and parents are more involved. TAES develops students who are successful academically and socially. Student involvement is an integral part of the school’s efforts as it strives to create a sense of belonging.

School Community Fosters Ethical, Responsible, and Caring Young People

California Avenue School, Uniondale, N.Y.


California Avenue School's character education program began with a desire to create a school community that fosters ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share. A survey of all stakeholders identified core, ethical, and civic values such as respect, friendship, kindness, honesty, and responsibility to focus on throughout the school year. Through class meetings, class jobs, student council, and the Character Education committee, students have a voice in their classroom. They feel ownership of their accomplishments, in control of their education, and responsible for their academic successes.

Students, Staff, Families, and the Community help School Flourish

Blessed Sacrament Catholic School, Sandy, U.T.


Blessed Sacrament's character education (CE) initiative has flourished in the past five years to encompass the support of students, staff, families, and the community. A proactive administration has enabled staff to attend professional development and inservice opportunities. Staff members have come to embrace the program through attendance at national conferences. Parents have come on board through efforts by H.S.A. and intentional inclusion of CE at Parent Information Night with discussions on Community of Caring and CE at the school and the partnership involved to form a community of caring.

Rural School Teaches Value of Compassion, Friendship, Respect, and Self-Discipline

Berkeley Elementary School, Moncks Corner, S.C.


This rural Title I school serves 670 students from four-year-old preschool through second grade. For students with diverse ethnicities (52 percent minority) and a wide socioeconomic range, Berkeley Elementary School strives to provide a character education program that teaches the values of acceptance, compassion, friendship, respect, and self-discipline. They want their students to be able to get along and work together in groups that reflect the diversity that exists in society today. The school realizes that a child that cares for all humanity will reach his or her full potential. Learning is more than reading and math. It is about educating the whole child.

Ethical Learning Community creates successful 21st Century Learners

Allen Creek Elementary School, Rochester, N.Y.

Allen Creek Elementary School embraces the belief that character is developed through work at school; for that to occur, there must be an Ethical Learning Community where all members support and challenge one another. ACES believes that the integration of character into all aspects of the school experience is critical to the success of the 21st century learner, and that it is needed to meet the many state and federal mandates.

School Culture bridges School’s Socioeconomic Divide

Lawrenceville Elementary School, Lawerenceville, N.J.


Located in a small suburban community midway between Trenton and Princeton, the students of Lawrenceville Elementary School are both culturally and socioeconomically diverse. Bridging the socioeconomic divide is a challenge that LES faces. LES seeks to ensure that all children feel like they are included and that they belong to the community. The school culture emphasizes kindness, caring, and safety. LES is a place where all children embrace and respect the same core values. LES continues to strive for academic excellence, having met all AYP indicators for nine consecutive years. LES's state test scores are consistently the highest elementary scores in the school district.

Missouri School provides a “Home Away from Home” for Students

Ellisville Elementary School, Ellisville, M.O.

Ellisville Elementary is not just a school; it’s a home away from home where smiles are simply a way of life. Students arrive eager to learn each day and leave anxious to return to EE’s warm and inviting environment. First-time visitors to EE consistently comment on the friendliness of the staff and students and the welcoming atmosphere. At EE, we believe that character education (CE) is an integral part of the elementary learning experience. EE began CE in 1992; in 2008, teachers expanded their efforts by focusing on creating stronger classroom communities through class meetings.

School Environment gives School Community a Strong Sense of Belonging

Henry Raab Elementary School, Belleville, I.L.


Under direction from the principal, Henry Raab Elementary School formed a Leadership Team (LT). It was this collaborative group that identified the school's core values, mission and vision, and school pledge. As its program strengthened its focus on core values, staff began looking for other ways to enhance the school environment. Through surveys and discussions, the main goal became to ensure that all members of the school community felt a strong sense of belonging. The school also began focusing on teamwork and intrinsic recognition. HRES's celebrations ensure that no child is left out. Core values and teamwork are the focus of each day.

School Grows as a Caring School Community

Bowles Elementary School, Fenton, Mo.

Named a 2011 National School of Character by whole child partner the Character Education Partnership, Bowles Elementary School was one of the first schools in the Rockwood School District to pilot the Caring School Community model. Over the past seven years, it has moved from a "trait of the month" approach to a deeper, more comprehensive approach tied to curriculum and content. While Bowles' socioeconomic status is the second lowest in Rockwood, this Title I school continues to strive to be among the highest achieving of the 19 elementary schools in the district. Former principal Dave Cobb describes Bowles as a caring community that places a priority on building relationships. "Without relationships, we believe that strong character cannot be achieved." Building relationships is challenging, given the school’s ever-shifting demographics. But that diversity and student mobility has "challenged us to do out-of-the-box thinking," according to Cobb. "We literally have to do whatever it takes." Despite demographic changes, Cobb notes that Bowles has been able to maintain parental support and good test scores.

School Models Character Despite Challenges

Bayless Elementary School, St. Louis, Mo.

Bayless School District is located on the south side of St. Louis and is designated as one of the most diverse school districts per capita in the state of Missouri, with over 17 languages spoken at home. Named a 2011 National School of Character by whole child partner the Character Education Partnership, Bayless Elementary School has 43 percent minority students and more than 60 percent of the student body receives free or reduced-price lunch. Dr. Maureen Clancy-May, the district superintendent, says that despite these challenges, "Bayless staff is creative in finding funds. They turn challenges into opportunities." Clancy-May also describes the Bayless environment as one of total integration of the core values. She says that when you walk through the doors you can "feel it, see it, and taste it." Both staff and students model character with each other. When speaking with Dr. Gina Siebe, the principal of Bayless Elementary, or with parents or members of its character education committee, one is struck by their deep commitment to the development of students of character.

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