Character Education Resources and Hotlists

This webtour is dated, many links have changed.
But with patience and perseverance you'll find some good ones.
Check the "Other Links" listings for the major Character Education clearinghouses below.

1. Character Education Homepage
Their Hotlinks

2. The Character Education Partnership
URL:  An organization committed to developing civic virtue and moral character in our youth for a more compassionate and responsible society.

3. California Character Ed Clearinghouse

Includes an extensive bibliography.

4.The Ethics Resource Center
URL:    Character Dev. Program
Other links

5. Learning for Life

6. Center for Civic Education hotlinks

7. Character Counts! Coalition
Their hotlinks Particularly good!

8.Character Education Partnership

9. Good Character

10. The Family Center Project  
This is a simple project with lofty goals, to empower children to feel
and understand they can make a positive difference in the lives of

11. The Who-Am-I? Program
To support kids in the art of growing up and build inter-personal networks with peers
around the world."

12. Mini-society Project

13. Keeter Center for Character Education   
Student acted scenarios that convey the values of honesty, trustworthiness, empathy and responsibility.

14. Josephson Institute for Ethics

Character Education Lessons

Lesson Exchange: Character Education Literature List (Elementary, other)
Everyday Low Prices On All Resource Books! #1155. Character Education Literature List. other, level: Elementary

Keeter Center for Character Education
Students Learn Ethics Lessons, Commit to Honor Code. Report available!

Elementary Character Ed. Lesson Plans from Betty Chamberlin (Granite District)

SVUSD Character Education

Jackie Robinson: Exercise #2--Character Education

National Character Education Center- Bureau of Essential Ethics Education
Character Education Program For Schools -- This program is teaching character in over 500 schools worldwide....

Character Education and Development
Character Education and Development. The integration of character education virtues within the classroom and school


What is Service-Learning?
"Service learning is a teaching/learning method that connects meaningful community service with academic learning, personal growth and civic responsibility." National Youth Leadership Council

The resources below will help get you started on the wonderful experience that is... Service Learning.

Click on the link on the left Service Learning and Community Learning and then click on
GC Archives. There are many wonderful articles but be sure to read the article entitled, “WhyService.” It will address any doubts you or others may have about the value of service-learning.

The National Service-Learning Clearinghouse is filled with great information about service learning. Be sure to check out Funding Sources under Resources and Tools. Great ideas of where to try and fund your service-learning project.

Check out The Big Dummy’s Guide to Service-Learning. Check out Reflection-what it is and how To encourage it. It is basically journal prompts for your service-learning project.

Learning In Deed is initiative sponsored by W.K. Kellogg Foundation. The initiative, which was launched in 1998, is a national initiative to engage more young people in service to others as part of their academic life. This web site has some good information about service-learning.

The UCLA Higher Education Service-Learning Clearinghouse website is designed to provide resources, tips and links to other sites that offer information on service-learning in higher education.

Information on Senior Corps, Americorps, and Learn and Serve.

Offered in 14 countries, these programs bring together academic study and volunteer service. These are undergraduate and graduate courses.

The National Youth Leadership Council's website, whose mission is to build vital, just communities with young people through service learning.

This is the Civic Literacy Project’s site. They have summer institutes for service learning educators.

Web site for the Washington Commission for National and Community Service.

The Institute for Global Education & Service-Learning (IGESL) is a non-profit organization that provides training and technical assistance to schools, community organizations, and National Service programs.

Supports service-learning programs in schools and community organizations.

“Advancing service-learning as a core element of the educational experience for every elementary, middle, and secondary school student in the United States.”

The Points of Light Foundation, founded in 1990 by former President George Bush, is a national, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that promotes volunteerism.

Great lesson plans on service-learning.

Will soon have space for student writings about service learning experiences.

Has an informative section entitled, “A Step-by-Step Approach to Implementing Service Learning.”

Has some interesting examples of service-learning project by grade level.

Click on Do Something and then click Action Guide for ideas for projects

Start a Kids Care club at your school. Clubs develop kids compassion and a spirit of charity through hands-on service-learning projects.

A summary of service-learning projects. Some good projects listed here.

Some terrific lesson plans by grade level, click on Teaching Materials.

Tips for effective service-learning projects. Some good project ideas as well.

“Each Service Learning intern was asked to des