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Building character in schools resource guide
Bohlin, Karen E.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
San Francisco : Jossey-Bass, [2001]

Physical Description:
xvi, 159 pages : illustrations ; 28 cm.
General Note:
Companion vol. to: Building character in schools / Kevin Ryan, c1999.
Character education : what is it and why is it important? -- Views, values, or virtues? -- Building a community of virtue -- Cultivating character through the curriculum -- Engaging parents in character education -- The teacher's work : nurturing character -- Helping students take command.
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LC311 .B57 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Oversize

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Building Character in Schools Resource Guide offers school administrators and teachers a practical handbook for developing, assessing, improving, and institutionalizing character education in their schools. It is filled with real-life examples-- both successful and unsuccessful-- of character education efforts; it clearly illustrates the differences among values, virtues, and points of view; and it presents guidelines for designing effective lessons, units, assessment, and classroom activities.

Author Notes

Karen E. Bohlin is executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character and assistant professor of education at Boston University
Deborah Farmer is adjunct faculty member at Boston University
Kevin Ryan is founder and director emeritus of the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character at Boston University

Table of Contents

Prefacep. xi
1 Character Education: What Is It and Why Is It Important?p. 1
2 Views, Values, or Virtues?p. 10
3 Building a Community of Virtuep. 30
4 Cultivating Character Through the Curriculump. 38
5 Engaging Parents in Character Educationp. 51
6 The Teacher's Work: Nurturing Characterp. 64
7 Helping Students Take Commandp. 74
Appendices Part 1 Good Ideasp. 83
A The Character Education Manifestop. 85
B Character Education Reading Listp. 89
Appendices Part 2 Action Strategiesp. 93
C Internalizing Virtue: An Instructional and Schoolwide Frameworkp. 95
D 100 Ways to Bring Character Education to Lifep. 97
E Friendship and Character in Filmp. 105
F Virtue in Action: A K-8 Guidep. 107
G Helping Younger Students Understand the Virtue of Respectp. 109
H Columbine Elementary School, Grades K-5: Personal and Social Responsibility Standardsp. 111
I Stepping Stone Activities for Grade 7: Justicep. 119
J Benjamin Franklin Classical Charter School Discipline Reflection Formp. 121
K Sample Survey of Perceived School Environment: For Teachers, Parents, and Studentsp. 123
Appendices Part 3 Curriculump. 127
L The Great Depression: Learning Courage and Hopep. 129
M Sojourner's Example: Developing Couragep. 131
N Peppe the Lamplighter: Envisioning Diligencep. 135
O Developing a Yearlong Theme: Our Choices Reveal Our Characterp. 139
P Elizabeth Barker, Prison Educator: Thinking About Choicep. 143
Notesp. 149
The Authorsp. 153
Indexp. 155