​Character Education Resource Center

Living a life of good character doesn't happen by chance, nor does it happen by circumstances. It happens by choices.

"The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character-that is the goal of true education."
- Martin Luther King, Jr

2022 Character Matters Essay Contest Winners

  • 1st Place: The Pessimistic Impacts of a Pandemic
  • 2nd Place: How Quarantine Influenced My Life
  • 3rd Place I: The Pandemic, And The Man I Have Become
  • 3rd Place II: How Covid-19 has Shaped my Life
  • Honorable Mention I: How Has the Pandemic Shaped Your Character and Influenced Your Life?
  • Honorable Mention II: Stronger Than Before
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Begin quote 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

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.

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 Motto 

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

Publications and Projects

The Center has books, articles, web site references and graduate student projects that may be of interest to readers of this web site. View all publications.

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