National Association for Self-Esteem:
Choosing Your Unique Character
We have all been blessed with many wonderful
talents, and the ability to CHOOSE the characteristics that make
us unique. We are not born patiently understanding, spontaneously
creative, diplomatically assertive, and consistently persistent.
Our qualities and characteristics are developed as we grow, and
in fact, we can choose who we want to be. When we are proud of our
character, who we are and who we are becoming, then we have positive
Character Education is becoming an important
component in our schools. The Character Education Partnership (www.character.org)
in Washington DC is giving cash awards to schools that meet the
criteria for excellence in fostering character education in K-12
schools. Some states have an independent group to encourage and
reward teachers for programs that focus on the core values in our
society, such as Maryland Center for Character Education (http://www.mdctrcharacter.org/).
To develop your CHARACTER and be a good
role model for others;
1. Start by listing the characteristics
you have and are most proud of. Be sure that your daily behavior
expresses these characteristics.
2. Then list the characteristics that you want to develop to be
more successful in achieving your goals and becoming the person
you want to be.
3. Determine the specific behaviors that represent the desired characteristic.
4. Now write the characteristic and specific behaviors on a Focus-reminder
5. Each morning, read the card and picture yourself acting that
way during the day.
Remember, you become like the person you picture yourself to be.
So act as if you already were well organized, full of willpower
and self-discipline, friendly and outgoing, calm and confident.
For more information on strategies for developing
your character, order the book Sponsor Success by Bob Younglove,
Performance Coach, Speaker, Author. E-Mail:
Web site at http://www.self-esteem-nase.org/
The Home of Character Based
Life is all about making choices. Nothing
so completely determines one's happiness and well-being as one's
Character Based Learning is all about helping
young people develop the knowledge, skills and dispositions necessary
for making good choices.
ChoiceSkills™, Inc. is all about providing
parents and teachers with the Character Based Learning resources
they need to help young people master these invaluable qualities.
Whether you teach in public school, home
school or youth organizations; whether you teach character education,
social skills, history, math, or literature; whether you teach gifted
children, at-risk students, or students with disabilities; or whether
you just like to sit around a fire and talk with your child about
important things, you will find character based learning strategies
invaluable in helping young people come to grips with the knowledge
and skills they will need to live happy and productive lives in
a troubled world.
Web site at http://www.choiceskills.com
We have recently been approached by Jack
Currier of Wet Cement Productions, Inc. His company has produced
an elementary school character education video series called "Auto
B Good." This 12-part series covers 36 Character traits.
The company claims that the series combines excellent content and
outstanding production quality. Wet Cement Productions Inc., the
producers of this series, are offering discount pricing to members
of the Maryland Center for Character Education. The Auto B Good
individual title regular price is $59.95. The MCCE price would be
discounted to $49.95. For the set of 12, regular price $599.95,
the MCCE price would be $529.95. For more information on Auto B
Good visit www.studentsbgood.com.
To order or for questions contact Jack Currier, 719-488-0994
Phone, 719-488-0549 Fax
or email email@example.com
A new Character Education resource that
A musical play featuring three well-known
fairy tales and ten Character Education traits. A production as
a traveling show with high school students as the cast and performing
for interested elementary schools. The show is called The Tales
The show interweaves the well-known fairy
tales of Rumpelstiltskin, Hansel and Gretel, and the Ugly Duckling,
and its lively musical numbers range in style from blues to rap
You can check it out at
The following is a recommended video and
reading list compiled by the Maryland State Department of Education
[MSDE] and the Maryland Center for Character Education [MCCE] to
serve as a resource for teachers and parents.
Special Report: (click here)
The following is the first 35 pages of
"Character Education in Maryland: A Survey, Commentary and
Recommendations" compiled by Judge John Brynes and published
by the Maryland Center for Character Education [MCCE] on March 2003.
This report discusses the components needed for a successful holistic
education. It delves into Character and Citizenship Objectives,
The Business Community - the future workforce, The Education Community
- the school environment with Methodology and Recommendations. The
complete edition with interest articles may be purchased for $5.00
by contacting the Maryland Center for Character Education at: 29
West Susquehanna Ave., Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21204 Phone:
410-823-4902 Fax: 410-828-9661
Best Practices:(click here)
The following is a collection of Best Practices
submitted by schools throughout Maryland. Many are the award winning
schools recognized by the Maryland State Department of Education
[MSDE] and the Maryland Center for Character Education [MCCE] at
their annual conference and awards luncheon.
The following is a list of events such as
conferences and award programs which encourage the establishment
and success of Character Education Programs.
The web is a powerful resource to find character
education information. A web search using any of the following names
will turn up many additional resources:
"Teaching Character Education"
"Character Education books"
"Character Education videos"
"Character Education, MD"
(Ten (10) states mandate character education through
Arkansas, California, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Nebraska, Tennessee,
Virginia. Seven (7) states encourage character education through
Maryland, Mississippi, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Oregon, Washington
Typing “character education” and the
name of any of these states will
also bring up information.
Maryland Center for Character
29 West Susquehanna Ave., Suite 300, Baltimore, MD 21204
The Maryland Center for Character Education (MCCE) is dedicated
to making a difference in the ethical lives of individuals and the
entire community through education, example, and action. MCCE offers
the following resources: speakers bureau, all day training sessions
for school systems interested in self-evaluation and quality assurance,
resources for teachers, administrators, parents, students, businesses
and community organizations.
Character Counts Mid-Shore
11 S. Washington St, Suite A
Easton, MD 21601
Contact: Susan Luby
Character Counts Mid-Shore is a citizen-based movement on the Eastern
Shore of Maryland, working to infuse strong character development
ideals into the everyday lives of our communities.Character Counts!
MidShore provides community leadership for the development of character
education to schools, churches, businesses, athletic leagues and
other community groups. We strive to create an increased awareness
about the importance of good character and basic values in our society.
The Character Education Partnership (CEP)
1025 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1011
Washington, DC 20036
Phone: (800) 988-8081
(Contact us at 202.296.7743, ext.10 to schedule your
professional development training. Merle J. Schwartz, Director of
Education and Training)
The Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan,
nonsectarian coalition of 1000 companies, educators, and community
groups working to make core values of respect, honesty, and responsibility
an integral part of the K-12 curriculum and school culture. CEPs
mission is to better prepare all young people to become compassionate
and responsible parents, employees and citizens.
Character Education Discussion
CEP's Additional Resource Links
The Maryland State Department
Character Education Office
Division of Student and School Services
200 W. Baltimore Street, 5th Floor
Baltimore MD 21201
Contact: Jacqueline Jones, Director
National Office / Josephson Institute of
9841 Airport Blvd., Suite 300 | Los Angeles, CA 90045
Tel: (310) 846-4800 (800) 711-2670
Fax: (310) 846-4858
CHARACTER COUNTS! is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian character
education framework that teaches the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness,
respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. The CHARACTER
COUNTS! Coalition includes thousands of schools, communities and
U.S. Department of Education
Character Education & Civic Engagement Technical Assistance
10530 Rosehaven Street, Suite 400
Fairfax, VA 22030
Toll-free Number: 1-800-691-5018
The Character Education and Civic Engagement Technical Assistance
Center (CETAC) website, CETAC Online! Sponsored by the U.S. Department
of Education's (ED) Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools (OSDFS),
provides State program administrators, local educators, and the
public with information on character education and civic engagement,
as well as strategies that support academic goals and other reform
IACC was formed in 1998 to do just that by providing resources,
training, contacts, and counsel to leaders committed to character
development. Over 95 cities worldwide have launched community-wide
character initiatives, and together we are . . .
Character Development Foundation
A non-profit organization committed to providing character education
resources to teachers and educators in New Hampshire and beyond.
Promoting the character development of children, providing support
for character development in schools, at home, and in communities.
Educating teachers, administrators, and parents in the area of character
development and education.
Character First is A New Pardigm in Personal Growth.
Companies that have used the CHARACTER FIRST!® program have
expeirienced a decrease in workers' compensation costs and work-related
injuries. Loyalty, Enthusiasm, and Willingness from employees build
a better corporate image than any amount of money spent on advertising.
The purpose of Character Matters is to be an educational, inspirational
and practical resource that emphasizes the importance of personal
character to all else in life and to examine and discuss issues
related to character, character education, ethics, integrity, morality,
moral education, moral development, values, and the life. This website
is sponsored by Pepperdine University.
Developmental Studies Center
The Developmental Studies Center (DSC), formed in 1980, is a nonprofit
organization whose mission is to help children develop intellectually,
ethically, and socially. Developing school-based programs, after-school
and parent-involvement programs- in the areas of literacy, numeracy,
and community building. Providing professional development services
and resources- to schools, school districts, and community-based
organizations. Producing and disseminating educational resources-including
curricular and instructional materials, staff development materials,
and other resources (print and video).
ERIC Digests are short reports (1,000 - 1,500 words) on topics of
prime current interest in education. They are targeted specifically
for teachers, administrators, policymakers, and other practitioners,
but generally useful to the broad educational community. ERIC is
funded by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI),
of the U.S. Department of Education (ED). The full-text ERIC Digest
database contains 2,184 Digests published through March, 2000. The
database is updated quarterly; Digests added to the ERIC Database
during the previous three months are added.
Ethics Resource Center (ERC)
Their mission is to be a leader and catalyst in fostering ethical
practices in individuals and institutions. Inspiring individuals,
both children and adults, to act ethically towards one another;
also institutions to act ethically, recognizing their role as transmitters
International Center for
The ICCE is concerned with the four pillars of democracy: home,
school, church, and community. The Center's purpose is to enable
school personnel, parents, teacher educators, faith community members,
youth providers, and concerned individuals to come together to study,
discuss, learn, practice, reflect, and write on issues, programs,
problems and promises regarding the character education of children
site for teachers and parents
The Character Education Network is a place for students,
teachers, schools and communities to facilitate character education.
This site is dedicated to providing quality online, ready-to-use
curriculum, activities and resources that integrate with and enhance
the classroom experience. It allows schools and students to network
together by sharing ideas and experiences with others in their community
Positive Coaching Alliance
Department of Athletics
Stanford, CA 94305-6150
Phone: 866-725-0024 FAX: (650) 739-0270
Provides tools, guidelines, and programs to help coaches develop
good character in young athletes. Lots of useful stuff on their
Other Related Sites:
U.S. Department of Education
Office of Educational Research and Improvement
Free Educational Resources for Character
(Character education resources for teachers - By Midge Frazel)
Clearinghouse for Character Education
National Character Education Center
National Staff Development
Kids To Care
Many free resources for teachers
Ideas for teachers – Character Ed
A Twelve point approach to
Teach with Movies
Association for Supervision
and Curriculum Development
Focus Adolescent Services
Character Education MSDE
Fact Sheet: http://www.mcps.k12.md.us/curriculum/charactered/md/factsheet.shtm
education for teachers
Bay Point Schools
General Character Education
Google character education resource
Paper from a
conference on values
Character and Sports
Character Education Site