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Organizations and Initiatives

Organizations and Initiatives

Alive to the World

A Personal, Social, and Health Education (PSHE) program, Alive to the World is presented as a series of engaging stories about friends who grow up together over 12 schools years. The program equips children and young adults of all backgrounds with the qualities necessary for a happy childhood leading to a rewarding adult life. The qualities which bring true peace and happiness are universal ones: respect, generosity, perseverance, integrity and responsibility. Email.

  The Anti-Prejudice Consortium

The Anti-Prejudice Consortium works to fight prejudice, increase tolerance and promote respect among all people. Their mission is to be a resource to and partner with middle schools and the community in the battle against prejudice, discrimination and intolerance. To date, they fund and administer two programs, the Power Over Prejudice (POP) Summit and the In School Follow Up (ISF) Programs which reach thousands of students and counselors each year. Anti-Prejudice Consortium, 3154 Northside Parkway, NW, Atlanta, Georgia 30327; Tel: 678-547-0084.

Association for Conflict Resolution

The Association for Conflict Resolution (ACR) is a professional organization dedicated to enhancing the practice and public understanding of conflict resolution. ACR represents and serves a diverse national and international audience that includes more than 6,000 mediators, arbitrators, facilitators, educators, and others involved in the field of conflict resolution and collaborative decision-making. Anyone interested in the field of conflict resolution is welcome to join. Association for Conflict Resolution, 1015 18th St. NW, Suite 1150, Washington, DC 20036. Phone: (202) 464-9700; Email:

"Auto-B-Good" character education series

Auto-B-Good is the Emmy™ Award winning animated series that teaches great lessons in character development to children ages 4-10. Currently airing on Public Television stations across the United States and expanding around the world, this series is one of the most popular character education series today. Our Public School Edition is the hands-down favorite of educators and students alike and  is utilized in over 4500 schools nationwide.  Web site

Bonner Center for Character Education and Citizenship

Directed by Dr. Jacques Benninga, The Bonner Center for Character Education and Citizenship at California State University in Fresno was formed in 1997 to promote character education in the Central Valley through providing nationally recognized speakers for the Fresno area, forums on character education and professional ethics, small grants for local public schools and teachers, materials and other professional resources for review, and coordination for a variety of character award programs.  Phone (559) 278-0253 or E-mail:

BTW Society (Booker T. Washington Society)

Booker T. Washington championed moral character, personal responsibility, a practical education, and economic opportunity. He understood the vital role that character plays in education and in achieving success in any worthwhile enterprise. The BTW Society empowers and equips young Americans to live, learn, and lead lives of good character and purpose. We do it through local Booster Clubs and chapters for middle and high school students, special events, our own publications, and this website. Booker T. Washington Society, 13 Wrisley Court, Essex Junction, VT 05452; Ph: (802-878-3911); Email         

Center for Character and Social Responsibility

Dedicated to helping schools recapture their role as moral educators, and has developed a model that emphasizes the curriculum as the primary vehicle for transmitting moral values to the young. The Center publicizes this model through its "Teacher Academies" for elementary and secondary schoolteachers and administrators. A similar program is directed toward college and university faculty responsible for the preparation of future teachers. The Center is also involved in researching and developing curricular materials for use by schools, teachers, and parents.  Boston University, School of Education, 621 Commonwealth Avenue., Boston, MA 02215. Phone: (617) 353-3262.

Center for the Collaborative Classroom (formerly The Child Development Project)

Center for the Collaborative Classroom is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to providing continuous professional learning for teachers and curricula that support the academic, ethical, and social development of children. To find quantitative analysis of district implementations, narratives on our district- and school-level impact, as well as testimonials from administrators and teachers about our programs and professional learning.

Center for the Fourth and Fifth Rs (Respect and Responsibility) 

Founded in 1994 and directed by Dr. Tom Lickona, the Center has trained more than 5,000 K-12 educators in a 12-point comprehensive approach to character education. The Center has helped schools and districts implement and assess character education through its Summer Institute in Character Education and on-site staff development, and also publishes the excellence & ethics newsletter. With a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, the Center has conducted a two-year national study of American high schools, including site visits to 24 diverse schools, hundreds of interviews, a comprehensive research review, and the input of a National Experts Panel and a National Student Leaders Panel. For a free digital copy of the resulting report, Smart and Good High Schools: Integrating Excellence and Ethics for Success in School, Work, and Beyond, go to Center for the 4th and 5th Rs, School of Education, SUNY Cortland, P.O. Box 2000, Cortland, NY 13045. Phone: 607-753-2455; Fax: 607-753-5980; e-mail

The Center for Learning

A non-profit publisher of values-based curriculum. They offer over 500 teacher resource units in the humanities: English/Language Arts, Social Studies, and Religion. All materials and services are directed towards the total education of youth -- intellectual, social, and moral. The Center for Learning, 21590 Center Ridge Road, Rocky River, OH  44116. Phone: (440) 331-1404, Fax: (440) 331-5414; e-mail:

Center for Media Literacy

A non-profit membership organization that translates media literacy research and theory into practical information, training, and educational tools for teachers, youth leaders, parents, and caregivers of children. Free catalog of teaching materials. 1962 S. Shenandoah St., Los Angeles, CA 90034. Phone: (800) 226-94994 or fax (310) 559-2944.

The Character Counts Coalition

Project of the Josephson Institute which represents a national partnership of organizations and individuals involved in the education, training, or care of youth. joined in a collaborative effort to improve the character of America's young people based on core ethical values, the Six Pillars of Character: Trustworthiness, Respect, Responsibility, Fairness, Caring, and Citizenship. Aims to combat violence, dishonesty, and irresponsibility by strengthening the moral fiber of the next generation. The Coalition will put the issue of character development on the forefront of the American agenda through a wide variety of grass-roots activities built on the conviction that character counts. Character Counts Coalition, 9841 Airport Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Phone: (310) 846-4800; Fax: (310) 846-4858.

The Character Development Group

Provides staff development and classroom resources: books, video tapes and program assessment tools. Directed by Dr. Philip Fitch Vincent, who has trained more than 500 school systems in 30 states on how to bring an effective character education program into the schools. He has helped lead model community-based character education initiatives across the country, including such success stories as Chattanooga, TN.
PO Box 35136, Greensboro, NC 27425. Phone: (888) 262-0572; E-mail: (formerly the Character Education Partnership) is a national advocate and leader for the character education movement. Based in Washington, DC, we are a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals committed to fostering effective character education in our nation’s schools. We offer: a tool for evaluating effective character education, Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education; professional development for educators and administrators focusing on school-wide, systemic change; our annual National Forum on Character Education; our Schools of Character program, and other resources., 1634 Street NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20006; Phone: (202) 296-7743; Email. Website:

The Character Project 

The past 30 years have seen a resurgence of interest in character, particularly in the areas of psychology, philosophy, and theology. This work has given rise to a number of challenging questions, such as: (1) Do character traits such as honesty or compassion really exist? (2) If they do exist, how prevalent are they, and what is their underlying psychological nature? (3) Should character traits such as the virtues be the centerpiece of our best ethical theory? (4) How should we go about improving our characters and overcoming our character flaws? (5) For those working in theology, should thinking about human and divine character be central to theological ethics? The goal of the Character Project is to address these and a host of related questions, and thereby foster new advances in the study of character.  The Character Project, Department of Philosophy, P.O. Box 7332, Wake Forest University, Winston-Salem, NC 27109; Ph. 336-758-3564; email.


A school-business-community partnership serving over 80 schools and districts in Missouri and Illinois, that is designed to develop student character, personal responsibility, and achievement. They hold an annual Character Education Conference in June. CHARACTERplus provides quality training, resources, and leadership to help parents and schools accomplish one of their most important jobs—the character development of the next Liz Gibbons, Director, CHARACTERplus, 1460 Craig Road, St. Louis, MO  63146; Tel. 1-800-835-8282;

The Character Education Network

An internet site for students, teachers, schools, and communities to facilitate character education. This site is dedicated to providing quality, ready-to-use curriculum, activities, and resources that integrate with and enhance the classroom experience. Contact Thinking Media: Phone (423) 842-6205; E-mail:

Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL)

CASEL enhances children's success in school and life by promoting coordinated, evidence-based social, emotional, and academic learning as an essential part of education from preschool through high school. Our three primary goals are: to advance the science of social and emotional learning (SEL); expand coordinated, evidence-based SEL practice, and build a sustainable and collaborative organization to accomplish our mission. CASEL, Department of Psychology (M/C 285), University of Illinois at Chicago, 1007 W. Harrison St., Chicago, IL 60607-7137; Phone: 312.413.1008; Fax: 312.355.4480; Email:

Common Ground High School, Urban Farm, and Environmental Education Center

The nation’s longest-running environmental charter school, creating the next generation of successful college students and powerful environmental leaders, Common Ground also maintains an urban demonstration farm, modeling practices of sustainable agriculture and contributing to a healthy food system. An environmental education center offers programs that connect people of all ages with the natural world while helping them develop habits of sustainable living. 358 Springside Ave., New Haven, Connecticut 06515. Ph: 203.389.4333; Fax: 203.389.7458; Email

Community Board Program

A conflict resolution resource. 1540 Market St., Suite 490, San Francisco, CA 94102. Phone: (415) 552-1250. Fax: (415) 626-0595.

Core5 After School Clearinghouse

Created by experts in education working with concerned educational stakeholders nationwide, Core5 provides FREE resources to help kids grow physically, ethically, socially and academically. Their after school clearinghouse helps you help students maximize childhood development by focusing on 5 core components: fitness, nutrition, character, academic enrichment, and parent involvement. They offer a vast collection of free online resources to complement your current after-school program or provide a new structure for your future after school efforts. Email:; Ph. 855-MyCore5 or 828-268-9930.

Core Virtues

Core Virtues is a character education program for grades K-6 which utilizes fine children's literature and biographies to teach the classical virtues. Email.

Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education (CSEE)

The Council for Spiritual and Ethical Education supports the moral and spiritual development of young people by providing resources and educational opportunities to elementary, middle, and secondary schools. CSEE fulfills this mission by developing and providing programs and resources for: ethical development and moral leadership; community service and character education; student leadership, advisory programming, issues of school climate, and ethical and disciplinary issues in schools; exploration of students' religious heritages and the spiritual dimensions of their lives; and the study of ethics, religion, world religions and inter-religious understanding. CSEE, P.O. Box 19807, Portland, Oregon 97280; Phone (800) 298-4599, Fax (678) 623-5634; E-mail.

Educators for Social Responsibility

Source of innovative curriculum materials and teacher training programs that focus on issues of peacemaking and conflict resolution. Their Resolving Conflict Creatively Program (RCCP) is a comprehensive, K-12 school-based program in conflict resolution and intergroup relations that provides a model for preventing violence and creating caring learning communities. It has been disseminated to over 350 schools in the United States. School Conflict Resolution Programs, 23 Garden St., Cambridge, MA 02138. Phone (800) 370-2515; E-mail:

Ethics Resource Center

Working to restore our society's ethical foundations by strengthening the capacity of our institutions to foster integrity, encourage ethical conduct, and support basic values. Since its establishment in 1977, as a nonprofit, nonpartisan, and nonsectarian educational organization, the Ethics Resource Center has developed practical and effective programs that address the evolving needs of the education, business, and government communities. Resources include research support, curricular materials, workshops, and conference sponsorship. 1120 G Street, NW Washington, DC 20005. Phone: (202) 737-2258.

The Giraffe Project

A national nonprofit organization working to get more people to stick their necks out for the common good. Knowing that early learning can lead to lifelong "giraffeness," the Project is in the schools with a K-12 curriculum that teaches courage, compassion and personal involvement in the community-at-large. The basis for the program is the Project's story bank of over 800 real life heroes whose lives show kids what they too can do. By the end of the curriculum, the kids are in action, doing a service project they design to address a public problem that concerns them. The Project also helps local businesses and service groups adopt classrooms; they provide Giraffe curriculum materials for teachers, and go into the classroom to help start kids on becoming great citizens of this democracy. The Giraffe Project, P.O. Box 759, Langley, WA 98260, Tel: (360) 221-7989, Fax: (360) 221-7817, E-Mail:

Heartwood Ethics Program

A multicultural, literature based curriculum that uses classic children's stories from around the world to present universal values to children in grades K-8. Designed to foster moral literacy and ethical judgment by exposing students to seven core attributes: courage, loyalty, justice, respect, hope, honesty, and love. Mt. Lebanon uses this program in its elementary and junior high school programs. The Heartwood Institute, 425 N. Craig St., Suite 302, Pittsburgh, PA 15213. Phone: (800) 432-7810.

Institute for Excellence & Ethics, Inc (IEE). 

In the school, home, workplace, and other environments, IEE conducts research to identify and benchmark the moral and performance character strengths—such as relationship skills, ethics, work ethic, goal-setting, perseverance and others—needed to "be our best" and "do our best." Through our trainings, coaching, and an online community, we deliver programs that build the culture and competencies of excellence and ethics required for success in any endeavor. Ongoing assessment contributes to high fidelity of implementation and data-driven continuous improvement. Institute for Excellence & Ethics, P.O. Box 185, LaFayette, NY 13084. Phone: (315)- 677-8114; Email:

The Joseph and Edna Josephson Institute of Ethics 

A nonprofit educational and leadership training organization seeking to increase the nation's awareness of ethical issues and to provide individuals with the skills to make their behaviors more ethical. Activities with individuals, publications, and skills training workshops; also sponsors the Character Counts Coalition. Josephson Institute, 9841 Airport Blvd., Suite 300, Los Angeles, CA 90045. Phone: (310) 846-4800; Fax: (310) 846-4858.

Making Caring Common Project

The Making Caring Common Project (MCCP) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, seeks to help educators, parents, and communities raise children and teens who are caring, respectful, and responsible toward others and their communities. Inspired and informed by the newest research and the wisdom of practitioners, MCCP offers strategies and resources for parents and educators to help young people create cultures of caring and respect in schools, promote social and emotional learning, prevent bullying and cruelty, and strengthen young people's commitment and responsibility for their communities. Email.

Manners of the Heart

Manners of the Heart is a nonprofit organization dedicated to transforming homes, schools, and communities through respect-based character education programs, curricula, workshops, and parenting books. Their programs serve children, teens, adults, families and educators in all 50 states and five countries, impacting over 900,000 people. Learn how you can make a difference in your home, school, and community. Email; Phone (225) 383-3235

My Hero Project

The MY HERO PROJECT provides free resources for sharing hero stories, art, audio and short films, giving lifelong learners access to a digital archive of inspiring content, tools for self-expression, and tutorials to help them share their uplifting stories with the world. Educators use The MY HERO Project in schools, libraries, after-school workshops, and community and media centers around the world to build student's 21st Century skills, stimulate character development and engage them in thinking critically about heroism, personal and cultural values, human rights, and environment issues.

Parent & Child Guidance Center. A mental health agency that delivers a character education parenting series. 2644 Banksville Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. Phone: (412) 343-7166.

Primary Focus

A national, non-profit educational organization dedicated to promoting character education through their "CHOICES COUNT!" Assembly Programs in public elementary schools throughout the U.S. This highly effective and entertaining assembly includes fun and energetic music, choreography, drama, costumes, props, and audience participation. Features a professional digital sound system and live vocal talent by the 8-member Primary Focus Team. Students leave the assembly not only entertained, but motivated to develop their personal skills in the area of positive choice-making principles. Each school receives resource materials including ideas and projects for teachers to use to reinforce the program. Primary Focus, 8801 Magnolia Ave., Santee, CA 92071; Phone: (800) 571-TEAM (8326)

Project Wisdom, Inc.

A daily character education program that encourages students to reflect on the meaning of civic and personal values and the application of those values in their daily lives. The centerpiece of the program is a collection of thought-provoking messages designed to be read over the PA or in-house television system. Encourages ethical choices and actions, inspires students to do their personal best, and fosters an understanding of multiple perspectives. Project Wisdom, Inc., 2340 East Trinity Mills Rd., Suite 300, Carrollton, TX 75006; Phone:(800)-884-4974.

Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

An internationally recognized non-profit organization founded upon the powerful belief in kindness and dedicated to providing resources and tools that encourage acts of kindness. They offer free educator resources, lesson plans, research on the positive effects of kindness in schools, and a free newsletter.

The School for Ethical Education (SEE)

With the goal of expanding ethical reasoning skills to promote responsible and caring communities, SEE provides teacher and parent education through collaboration with school districts, parent organizations, day care centers, professional education centers, and institutions of higher and continuing education. School instructors teach, write, and speak at events and meetings, and consult with relevant educational organizations to advance strategies which promote ethics in action for the creation of character. The School for Ethical Education, 440 Wheeler Farms Rd., Milford, Connecticut 06460. Phone: (203) 783-4439 or 1-800-232-0013, Fax: (203) 330-5036/5067, E-mail:

Sports P.L.U.S. (Positive Learning Using Sports)

A non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the use of sports as a positive educational medium. Sports P.L.U.S. programs range from summer camps to after-school programs. They also conduct trainings and continue to research the ways in which sports can influence the development of good values and enhance moral decision making. Their goal is to show others how to tap into these lessons and create programs that develop good athletes and good people.


Teen-Aid is a not-for profit organization started in 1981 for the specific purpose of reducing out-of-wedlock teen pregnancies and their many consequences. The method believed most valuable was abstinence education, which stresses character development and connection to parents. Teen-Aid produces curricula materials for public and private schools as well as offering materials developed by others but which still conveys the skills and integrity of abstinence, fidelity and character. Teen-Aid, Inc., 723 E. Jackson, Spokane, WA 99207. Phone: (509) 482-2868; web site:

Virtue in Action

Civics in Action educates and inspires students to become engaged and responsible citizens. Through interactive lessons, it provides teachers with a "turnkey" supplement to bring the Social Studies and Language Arts curricula to life. The program is comprised of bi-weekly lessons that use a current event or issue to help reinforce principles of American Government/U.S. Constitution and virtues that are the basis of a healthy democracy. Virtue in Action, 1126 Dartmouth Road, Flossmoor, IL 60422. Phone: (708) 922-1075; Email:

Vitamin L

Vitamin L is an award-winning group that provides recordings and live concerts of character-building songs. Song topics include: appreciating diversity, nonviolent conflict resolution, empathy, human rights, gratitude, endurance, optimism, teamwork, resisting peer pressure, decision-making, size acceptance, honesty, second hand information, cooperation, kindness, friendship and much more. Vitamin L concerts are produced by Lovable Creature Music, 105 King St., Ithaca, NY 14850. Phone: (607) 273-4175. To hear song samples, go to

WiseSkills Character Education Program

An interdisciplinary, K-12 character education program that unites schools around monthly Character Themes and provides strategies for teachers to integrate character into subject areas. The program also includes resources to help families teach character at home. WiseSkills Resources, 149 Josephine Street, Suite B, Santa Cruz, CA 95060; 1-888-947-3754.

 Yes Pa

Yes Pa is a free, not-for-profit character education program that works! Yes Pa is an abridgement and textbook edition of the autobiography of Fred W. Sarkis, Prisoner of the Truck, developed with the help of character education teachers. It is now required reading in many schools and highly recommended by teachers for shared reading between an adult and child. The results of two independent science-based outcome studies support the significant, positive impact of the Yes Pa program. Students showed significant increases in their belief that they have control over their future and that positive outcomes are related to their efforts. Mr. Fred Sarkis, Yes Pa Foundation, 28 Cliffside Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424 .