International Organizations and Centers for Values Education
1. THE AMERICAN PROMISE
A Web site devoted to helping teachers, professors and educators bring democracy to life in their classrooms. This site is a supplement to the videos and teaching guide produced for the original public television series.
2. AMERICA’S PROMISE
Discuss five promises contain the seeds for a national movement capable of advancing the health and well-being of the next generation. But, we all must take responsibility and get involved to make this a reality.
3. ASSOCIATION FOR MORAL EDUCATION
Provides an interdisciplinary forum for professionals interested in the moral dimensions of educational theory and practice. The Association is dedicated to fostering communication, cooperation, training, curriculum development, and research that links moral theory with educational practice.
4. CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY CHARACTER EDUCATION INSTITUTE
Serve as a resource to the university’s colleges, departments, and student organizations as they contribute to the moral development of California University students. It provides an outreach to local school districts and parents as they influence the moral development of their children.
5. CHARACTER EDUCATION CENTER
Offers respect and responsibility workshops complete with comprehensive seminar guides for teachers. It is presented to kids through Annual Values Themes.
6. CAMPUS OUTREACH OPPORTUNITY LEAGUE (COOL)
Features powerful speakers, amazing service opportunities, an abundance of panels, workshops and forums to choose from, as well as providing a fantastic opportunity to meet students and administrators from across the COOL network.
7. CENTER FOR CIVIC NETWORKING
is a non-profit organization dedicated to applying information infrastructure to the
broad public good - particularly by putting information infrastructure to work within local communities to improve delivery of local government services, improve access to information that people need in order to function as informed citizens, broaden citizen participation in governance, and stimulate economic and community development
8.CENTER FOR LEARNING
Is a nonprofit educational publisher committed to integrating academic learning and
universal values through the humanities.
9.CENTER FOR VOTING AND DEMOCRACY
Is dedicated to fair elections where every vote counts and all voters are
represented. The Center for Youth Citizenship (CYC) promotes the skills,
knowledge and attitudes of good citizenship through its award winning programs,
materials and training for schools and the community.
10. CENTER FOR YOUTH CITIZENSHIP
Is a nonprofit 502(c)(3) organization whose mission is to prepare, through school
and community partnerships, personally responsible and civic-minded youth by
rekindling a commitment to individual initiative.
11. ADVENTURES FROM THE BOOK OF VIRTUES
From the PBS series based on William Bennet’s popular book, includes numerous stories, a “virtual” essay contest and a “treasure box” of puzzles and games.
12. THE KIDZ CARE! STORY CENTER
Uses online picture books to teach young children compassion, appreciation of cultural diversity and good citizenship. Also includes posters to print out and color.
13. “KIND (kids in Nature’s Defense) NEWS”
Is produced by the National Association for Humane and Environmental Education “to help elementary school students develop values of kindness toward people, animal, and the Earth.” It features contributions from young readers, celebrity profiles, articles (with questions to test reading comprehension), puzzles and other activities.
14. YOUTH IN ACTION
The site offers lessons about citizenship and altruism and provides charmed for kids to talk with each other about these sites on-line. Then they are encouraged to go out and make a difference using Youth in Action “Power Tools”.
15. THE MISSION OF KIDS HELPING KIDS
“To educate, engage and encourage our nation’s youth about the importance of charitable giving and provide opportunities for charitable services that directly benefit children who are at risk or have life threatening illnesses.” Children ages 6 to 18 auditions to become part of performances that benefit other children in need.
16. FREE THE CHILDREN
Craig Keilburger, a 13-year-old Canadian, is working hard to combat child labor. Iqbal Masih, a 12-year-old Pakistani who spoke out against this practice in his own country until he was murdered for this effort, inspired his work. Young people (and adults) can visit this website to find out how they can contribute to this cause.
17. THE WHITE HOUSE FOR KIDS
Offers a guided tour, historical information and an opportunity to send mail to the president.
18. TIME MAGAZINE’S “HEROES FOR THE PLANET” section
Examines environmental crises and profiles “heroes” who are working for solutions. Users can submit forms online to nominate ecological crusaders for inclusion in this series. The website also features an “eco challenge” that test users’ abilities to save Earth from such environmental time bombs as air pollution, global warming and rain forest destruction.
19. THE ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY’S RECYCLE CITY
Uses games, activities and fun facts to teach kids about recycling.
20. THE NEW CENTURY SCHOOL HOUSE
Provides a forum for teachers to exchange ideas about how schools can produce a generation of citizens “ready for the 21st Century”.
21. I-SAFE CHARACTER EDUCATION
Suggests discussions prompts and vocabulary words to teach these lessons: Be Responsible, Be Prepared, Be a Tough Worker, Be a Good Listener, Be Friendly, Be Honest and Be Polite.
22. A TO Z CHARACTER BUILDING THROUGH THE ARTS!
Includes information about products and workshops, plus a sample activity to “instill in children positive behavior and attitude traits through the expression of their activity.
23. STAGE KIDS THE EDU-TAINMENT COMPANY
Develops and produces original musicals, many of which are described on the website as ideal CHARACTER COUNTS! Week presentations. ”Musical theatre performance kits”-including scripts, lead sheets and cassettes with music are available for purchase from the website. Also posted are exemption from scripts summaries of plays and RealAAudioSamples of songs used in the productions.
24. BABY THINK IT OVER
Seeks to prevent unplanned pregnancies by helping teens understand consequences of parental obligations before they are faced with the responsibility of caring for kids.
25.CONFLICT RESOLUTIONS THE PEACEFUL WAY
Help your students learn how to settle a classroom and school yard differences in this site. Develop by some innovative teachers in Ohio, offers conflict resolution lesson plan and activities.
A project which seeks to faster greater understanding and respect among people of different cultures.
27.ALL ONE HEART
A website promoting tolerance of diversity, offers a pledge for parents and teachers to discuss and sign with students, plus tips on how to help young people guard against racism and prejudicial behaviour.
A Canadian youth service organization, provides tips on talking to young people about the following issues: “What are its effects?” and “ What can be done?”
29.“THOUGHT, WORD AND DEED”
A State Farm Insurance-sponsored character development program for young children, teaches lessons about decision making and personal responsibility. Includes lesson plans, handouts, and a poster.
30. NEW ZEALAND FOUNDATION FOR VALUES EDUCATION
It is a comprehensive values curriculum with a school wide appeal, which addresses the previous void in resource materials and structure methodology in the teaching of values.
30. OLIVET COLLEGE CHARACTER EDUCATION RESEARCH CENTER
Serves to focus attention on the Universities core values of integrity, civility and responsibility.
31. PROJECT WISDOM
It is committed to providing schools with character educational materials, encouraging students to reflect upon the meaning of civic and personal values and the application of those values in their daily use.
32. PAUL TRACEY’S “YOUR CHARACTER COUNTS” ASSEMBLIES
This song-filled program is a dynamic introduction to the universal concepts of good character.
33. PRO KIDS SHOW
It is an entertaining educational program for elementary schools designed to help kids learn the value of good character.
34. PRUDENTIAL SPIRIT OF COMMUNITY INITIATIVE
It is a series of programs designed to help rekindle their community spirit by encouraging young people to become actively involved in making their communities better place to live.
35. QUEST INTERNATIONAL
It is a non-profit organization dedicated to the protection and recovery of missing, abused and exploited children, and at risk adult.
36. RESPONSIVE CLASSROOM
It is a practical approach of creating safe, challenging and joyful school.
37. SCHOOL FOR ETHICAL EDUCATION
Learn about SEE's vision and mission of increasing learning experiences that promote positive character and responsible and caring communities.
38. SEARCH INSTITUTE
Search Institute is an independent, nonprofit, nonsectarian organization whose mission is to advance the well-being of adolescents and children by generating knowledge and promoting its application. To accomplish this mission, the institute generates, synthesizes, and communicates new knowledge, convenes organizational and community leaders, and works with state and national organizations.
39. STAND FOR CHILDREN
Building a powerful, grassroots citizen voice to ensure all children have the opportunity to grow
40. THE VIRTUES PROJECT
Offers personal and professional development programs teaching strategies that inspire people to live
41. WASHINGTON ETHICAL SOCIETY
a religious community without formal creed or dogma,
united in the belief that the greatest moral and spiritual values.
A humanistic religious community serving Washington, DC. Programs for all ages.
character education program is a teacher-friendly
and interdisciplinary way to build the character of young people
Collaboration among youth and youth-serving organizations to share information, resources and solutions...
44. AESOP`S FABLES
is a collection of over 600 fables, some of which are available as real audio files.
45. MAKING HEART SING is a collection of fables that teach universal moral lessons. The stories are from China, Japan, Korea, Russia and France.
46. “WHOOTIE OWL`S FAIRYTALES & VALUES CLASS PLAN”
is an outline resource for teachers, parents and other caregivers available at “Absolute Whootie: stories to grow by”.
47. ADVENTURES FROM THE BOOK OF VIRTUES
from the PBS series based on William Bennett`s popular book, I includes numerous stories, a “virtual” essay contest and a “treasure box” of puzzle and game.
48. ASCD CHARACTER EDUCATION NETWORK -- sponsored by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development and Boston University's Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character, its primary mission is to be useful to teachers and administrators as they struggle with the ethical and character formation aspect of their work
49. CALIFORNIA 3Rs PROJECT -- is a non-profit, non-partisan education program of The Freedom Forum First Amendment Center and Peabody College, both at Vanderbilt University, and the California County Superintendents Educational Services Association. The Project is built on the conviction that the guiding principles of the First Amendment stand at the heart of a democracy and at the foundation of citizenship in a diverse society. With rapidly expanding ethnic and religious diversity in the nation, the Project helps schools answer the question, "How do we live with our deepest differences?" The 3Rs Project addresses this question by reaffirming the shared civic principles of the Religious Liberty clauses of the First Amendment: Rights, Responsibilities and Respect.
50. CALIFORNIA UNIVERSITY OF PA CHARACTER EDUCATION INSTITUTE -- Directed by Henry Huffman, the Institute provides character education support to school districts, higher education, businesses, and parents; facilitates research; and offers character education graduate work and inservice education.
51. CENTER FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION -- represents an academic alliance of schools and universities, bringing together educators interested in implementing a new model for moral education known as the "Integrated Character Education Model." This model is based on the view that, in a person of mature character, knowledge, affect and action are integrated.
52. CENTER FOR THE ADVANCEMENT OF ETHICS AND CHARACTER
at Boston University promotes the reintroduction of ethical standards and character formation within our nation's elementary schools. Dedicated to helping schools recapture their role as moral educators, the Center has developed a model that emphasizes the curriculum as the primary vehicle for transmitting moral values to the young. The Center publicizes this model primarily through its "Teacher Academies" for elementary and secondary teachers 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
53. COOPERATING SCHOOL DISTRICTS (CSD) -- PREP or Personal Responsibility Education Process is a division of CSD, an educational consortium that provides staff development, cooperative purchasing, technology, legislative and financial services to 47 public school districts in the greater St. Louis metropolitan area. CSD services reach 486 schools and over 281,381 teachers - or nearly one-third of Missouri students. CSD has recently published Character Education Connections for School, Home and Community, a workbook created for educators. This resource offers field-generated, field-tested concepts that effectively integrate character education into academic learning and school life.
54. ETHICS RESOURCE CENTER -- is 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.
55. INSTITUTE ON MEDIA EDUCATION -- is a summer institute designed to help teachers and administrator to integrate media literacy into existing subject areas; to develop new teaching methods which help students think critically about what they see, read and watch; to analyze newspapers and television news and examine press influence on the coverage of the American political process; and to implement media awareness outreach programs in their schools and communities.
56. LEARNING FOR LIFE -- a kindergarten through high school program designed to support schools in their efforts toward preparing students to successfully handle the complexities of today's society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-esteem. The program also helps students develop social and life skills, assists in characterdevelopment, and helps them formulate positive personal values. It features age-appropriate and grade-specific lesson plans to enhance and support the core curriculum. Teaching techniques such as role-playing, small group discussions, reflective and moral dilemma exercises, and hands-on activities are used. The program is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America
57. LIVE WIRE MEDIA -- Live Wire Media produces and distributes videos that help children become caring, respectful, responsible people who think critically, solve problems non-violently, and make choices based on what's right instead of what they can get away with.
58. MCMURRAY (PA) CHARACTER EDUCATION INITIATIVE--a community-based approach to character education. A committee comprised of township officials, school district staff, PTA officers, faith community youth workers, and community sports leaders is developing strategies to integrate the theme "Character Counts in Peters Township" into the community's life. The committee chair, who wrote his dissertation in the field of character education, is Dr. Robert Freado, principal of McMurray Elementary School
59. OLIVET COLLEGE CHARACTER EDUCATION RESOURCE CENTER -- The Olivet College Character Education Center (CERC) opened in the fall of 1997 to serve the campus and community, offering seminars, guest speakers, publications, a reference library, and opportunities for character education building and training.
60. PARENT & CHILD GUIDANCE CENTER -- a mental health agency that provides character education parenting series.
61. POSITIVE ACTION COMPANY -- Right and good actions (positive actions) define strong character. The Positive Action program addresses character issues in every lesson and provides daily opportunities for personal growth. This program not only provides academic learning about character, but it also provides students with the experience of character-defining moments. This comprehensive, systematic process builds character methodically, every day, all day long. As students experience more and more of their own (and others') positive actions, their feelings about themselves and others change for the better. They become more and more sure of themselves and their choices, more empathetic, more responsible, and more honest and are able to make sound choices for themselves that are indicative of a strong character.
62. THE CENTER FOR LEARNING -- A non-profit publisher committed to the advancement of academic learning and the integration of ethical values. The Center's philosophy holds that human reason needs education and free will needs guidance. All materials and programs are designed to promote universal values essential in our society. TAP is the Center's trademark describing a network of 300+ experienced Teachers who Author and Publish educational materials. These materials now number more than 350 values-based curriculum units containing reproducible student handouts and suggesting a variety of learning approaches. Units are offered in English/Language Arts, Novel/Drama, Religion, Social Studies, and Elementary. The Center also offers an annual Evergreen Workshop for teachers.
63. THE CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY -- is a non-profit membership organization that translates media literacy research and theory into practical information, training and educational tools for teachers and youth leaders, parents and caregivers of children. Free catalog of teaching materials.
64. THE CENTER FOR THE FOURTH AND FIFTH Rs ( Respect and Responsibility ) -- Directed by Tom Lickona at the State University of New York at Cortland, this Center sponsors an annual summer institute in character education, publishes a Fourth and Fifth Rs newsletter, and sponsors a network of schools committed to teaching respect, responsibility and related core values as the basis of good character.
65. THE CHARACTER COUNTS COALITION -- is a project of the Josephson Institute and represents a national partnership of organizations and individuals involved in the education, training, or care of youth. Joined together in a collaborative effort to improve the character of America's young people based on six core ethical values, the" six pillars of character": trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. the central purpose of the coalition is 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 upon the simple but profound conviction that "character counts."
66. THE CHARACTER EDUCATION INSTITUTE -- is a nonprofit Educational Research Foundation that offers a K-9 Character Education Curriculum. The program, which according to its literature reaches 40,000 classrooms in 44 states, aims to "indicate to children those values which are generally accepted by member of our society, such as honesty, patriotism, generosity, and responsibility." The program, described as developmentally sensitive, also teaches the advantages of working cooperatively in the classroom, the role of self-discipline in goal achievement, and the consequence of behavior.
67. THE CHARACTER EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP -- is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals who are concerned about the moral crisis confronting America's youth and is dedicated to developing moral character and civic virtue in our young people is one way of promoting a more compassionate and responsible society. Its activities include a national clearinghouse, community programs, school support, publications, annual and regional forums, national awards and a media campaign. Esther F. Schaeffer, Executive Director,
68. THE CHILD DEVELOPMENT PROJECT -- is an effort to take research knowledge and theory about how elementary-age school children learn and develop--intellectually, socially, and ethically--and translate it into a comprehensive, practical program for classroom, school, and home use.
69. The COMMUNITARIAN NETWORK -- is a coalition of individuals and organizations who have come together to shore up the moral, social, and political environment. This national organization is non-sectarian and non-partisan. The organization sponsors an annual conference, produces position papers (family, health-care reform, domestic disarmament, character and a civil society, organ donation), and publishes a quarterly journal, The Responsive Community: Rights and Responsibilities.
70. THE HEARTWOOD PROGRAM -- is a multicultural, literature-based curriculum that uses classic children's stories from around the world to present universal values to children in grades kindergarten through eight. It is 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.
71. THE INSTITUTE FOR GLOBAL ETHICS -- is a nonprofit, nonsectarian, nonpartisan research and educational membership organization established to discover and articulate the global common ground of ethical values, analyze ethical trends and shifts in values as they develop around the world, gather and disseminate information on global ethics, and elevate public awareness and discussion of global ethical issues.
72. INTERNATIONAL CENTER FOR CHARACTER EDUCATION -- 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 and youth. Center activities will include: program assessment, consulting, publications, courses, workshops, partnerships, and conferences.
73. INTERNATIONAL EDUCATIONAL FOUNDATION -- IEF seeks to develop a new model of comprehensive character education, involving the home, school, and community. IEF develops and publishes textbooks, audiovisual aids and other teaching materials for schools, institutions of higher education and other educational organizations. It also targets specific issues such as sexuality, marriage and family and the problems of alcohol and drug abuse as well as sponsoring numerous conferences and other forums through which character eduction is promoted.
74. THE JOSEPH AND EDNA JOSEPHSON INSTITUTE OF ETHICS -- is a nonprofit educational and leadership training organization which seeks to increase the nation's awareness of ethical issues and to provide individuals with the skills to make their behaviors more ethical. The Institute's activities include research, publications, and skills training workshops. The Institute also sponsors the Character Counts Coalition.
75. THE JEFFERSON CENTER -- an organization formed in 1963 for the purpose of publishing and promoting programs for schools that teach sound character values and personal responsibility.
76. QUEST INTERNATIONAL -- Founded in 1974, Quest International is an independent, international, educational organization dedicated to equipping adults with the skills, tools, and strategies essential to nurturing responsibility and caring in young people. With its global network of partners, Quest works to impart the skills and ways of thinking about young people that help enhance their capacity to flourish in an often turbulent world. Through its strategic partnership with Lions Clubs International, more that quarter of a million educators and youth workers have been trained to foster the positive potential in young people they interact with every day.
77. CENTER FOR YOUTH AS RESOURCES
Youth as Resources (YAR) is a program and a philosophy that recognizes youth as valuable resources in their community and engages them as partners with adults in bringing about positive community change.
78. CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT GROUP
The character education approach goes beyond a matter of mere school discipline.... The traits of good character that a young person needs to succeed in adult life should be reinforced throughout their time in school.
79. CHARACTER EDUCATION PARTNERSHIP
The Character Education Partnership (CEP) is a nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals dedicated to developing moral character and civic virtue in our nation's youth as one means of creating a more compassionate and responsible society.
80. CHARACTER EDUCATION RESOURCES
81. CHARACTER MATTERS
CHARACTERplus™ is the largest initiative of its kind in the country, representing over 80 public school districts, more than 500 schools and more than 300,000 students. The program includes involvement by many business and community organizations and the financial support of schools, businesses, foundations, individuals and federal and state grants.
83. CHILDREN NOW
Children Now is a research and action organization dedicated to assuring that children grow up in economically secure families, where parents can go to work confident that their children are supported by quality health coverage, a positive media environment, a good early education, and safe, enriching activities to do after school. Recognized for its expertise in media as a tool for change, Children Now designs its strategies to improve children's lives while at the same time helping America build a sustained commitment to putting children first. Children Now is an independent, nonpartisan organization.
84. CHILDREN’S DEFENSE FUND
seeks to ensure that children have a successful passage to adulthood with the help of caring families and communities.
85. THE CITIZENSHIP EDUCATION FUND
The Citizenship Education Fund seeks to empower citizens through the effective use of public policy advocacy, issue orientation, and connections between the greater community and the disenfranchised. The Fund also conducts research, collects data on non-partisan related initiatives, and organizes seminars and public awareness campaigns on a variety of public policy issues
86. CLOSE UP FOUNDATION
The Close Up Foundation is the nation’s largest nonprofit (501(c)(3)), nonpartisan citizenship education organization. Since its founding in 1970, Close Up has worked to promote responsible and informed participation in the democratic process through a variety of educational programs.
87. Character Education
88. Implementing character education...
89. CHARACTER EDUCATION sites on the world wide web
90. Character Education Institute Resources and Links
91. Character education for elementary classrooms
92. Living Values: An Educational Program
93. Dr Quisumbing cites 'values education' in global non-violence
94. Character Education Institute Resources and Links
95. International Center for Character Education
96. Masters Degree in 'Character Education'
97. Public support for CHARACTER EDUCATION is growing. Sixteen states currently mandate or encourage character
education through legislation
98. ICCE's Certificate in Character Education
99. The Values Institute is to provide a place where people can come together for the thoughtful discussion of difficult moral issues.
100. Character Education Internet Resources
101. Highly Recommended!!!! : Sites for Teachers
102. A center for promoting good character and ethical life skills for youth and young adults.
103. CHARACTER EDUCATION HANDBOOK
104. If you are looking for teaching ideas, classroom activities, lessons, articles, links and resources for Values/Character Education - you are at the right place.