Welcome Educators with Character! Character in Education Federal Level 2004, No Child Left Behind Act, NCLB, U.S. Department of Education, Title V, Part D, Subpart Three 1993 Character Education Partnership founded State Level Thirty-six states have laws that specifically mandate or encourage character education. Washington State • In 1993, RCW 28A.150.210, the Basic Education Act required the state of Washington to provide students with the opportunity to become responsible citizens… • In 1994, Section 28A.150.211 was added to the Basic Education Act and considered character education an integral part of public education, but left the responsibility for implementation and assessment to local school boards. What is Character Education? Ethics Moral Reasoning Cultural Norms Social and Emotional Learning Virtues Citizenship Caring Communities Definition by Character Education Partnership • “Character education is the deliberate effort to develop virtues that are good for the individual and good for society.” - Dr. Thomas Lickona • “Effective character education is not adding a program or set of programs to a school. Rather it is a transformation of the culture and life of the school.” - Dr. Marvin Berkowitz HEAD Academic Success Performance Character Social & Emotional Intelligence HEART Be a Bucket Filler 21st Century Soft Skills Character is the one test you can’t cram for. Service Action Exercise your character muscles Walk the talk BEHAVIOR when no one is watching HANDS It’s about teaching and learning how to: Work hard. Be your Best Self. Do the right thing.