Character Education Resource Center

CERC Umbrella

Character • Leadership • Service

"Love is like a cloudless blue sky. That’s why I always carry an open umbrella."
Jarod Kintz

Our Motto: If we don’t have it, we can get it, or create it.

Our Vision: We believe that education for human service must be grounded in the public’s desire for ethical, civic-minded, character-based leaders and citizens. 

Our Mission: It is the Center’s responsibility to provide services and resources to schools, families, communities, K-12 educators, students, teacher educators, community agency leaders and others interested in educating the hearts and minds of children and youth.

We are your resource center for information about:

Character Education Contests & Courses Research
Social-Emotional Learning Civics Education & Citizenship Classroom Management
Service Learning Service to Schools Discipline Programs
Thinking and Social skills Professional Develop Evaluation Methods
Virtues and Values Peace Education Organizations & Associations
Bullying Ethics & Moral Education Character Building


“Character education is an inclusive term embracing all aspects of how schools, related social institutions and parents can support the positive character development of children and adults.... Relevant virtues include honesty, justice and fairness, trustworthiness, responsibility, respect, altruism, patience, perseverance, appreciation of diversity, and courage.... For a school to foster character development, it must provide a positive social environment characterized by leadership; collegiality; a learning orientation among faculty; and ties among school, home, and community.  Finally, practicing the virtues of civic engagement, civility, and citizenship and embracing the values of democracy are necessary for developing character in both the child and the community.”  (Mobilizing for Evidence-Based Character Education, U.S. Department of Education, 2007)


Here are the central questions for you and your colleagues:

  • What’s under your school’s character education umbrella?

  • What’s working?

  • What is not working?

  • What needs to be improved?

  • How will you improve?

  • How can we help you?

Contact Us: 

Chacter Education Resource Center
Department of Learning and Teaching
School of Leadership and Education Sciences
University of San Diego
5998 Alcala Park
San Diego, CA 92110
(619) 260-2250 Office