Resources on character education

School leaders interested in obtaining more information about character education program appropriate for elementary and secondary schools may wish to consult the following resource centers and current books and materials. Those below were suggested by the authors who contributed to this issue of The School Administrator.

An additional list of recommended resources for promoting social consciousness among school-age children has been compiled elsewhere in this issue by Sheldon Berman, superintendent in Hudson, Mass.

Resource Centers:

  • Center for Civic Education (5416 Douglas Fir Road, Calabasas, Calif. 91302; 800-350-4223, 818-591-9321; center4civ@aol.com; www.civiced.org). Independent, nonprofit organization promoting responsible civic participation through various programs and materials, including CIVITAS, a model curriculum framework.

  • Center for Living Democracy (P.O. Box 8187, Brattleboro, Vt. 05304, 802-254-1234; info@livingdemocracy.org; www.livingdemocracy.org). A resource center on issues relating to public problem solving and other civic issues.

  • Character Counts (4640 Admiralty Way, Suite 1001, Marina del Ray, Calif. 90292-6610; 800-711-2670, 310-306-1868; cc@jiethics.org; www.charactercounts.org). Coalition of organizations, including AASA, organized by the Josephson Institute of Ethics to promote communitywide campaigns through its Six Pillars of Character program.

  • Study Circles Research Center (P.O. Box 203, 697-A Pomfret Road, Pomfret, Conn. 06258, 860-928-2616; scrc@neca.com). A project of the Topsfield Foundation that organizes small-group, participatory discussions to advance deliberative democracy among high school students.

  • Preparing Students for the 21st Century (available from AASA, toll-free 888-PUB-AASA or 301-617-7802). Articulates and recommends, based on a Delphi study of more than 50 leaders in education, business and government, skills such as civility and ethical behavior integral for children's future.

  • Teaching Tolerance (available from the Southern Poverty Law Center, 400 Washington Ave., Montgomery, Ala. 361O4; www.splcenter.org). A free, twice-a-year magazine for educators promoting the practice of recognizing and respecting the beliefs of others.