Promote core ethical and performance values as the foundation of good character.
Define “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing.
Use a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development.
Create a caring community.
Provide students with opportunities for moral action.
Offer a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them succeed.
Foster students’ self-motivation.
Engage staff as an ethical learning community that shares responsibility and adheres to the same core values that guide students.
Foster shared leadership and long-range support of the initiative.
Engage families and community members as partners in the character-building effort.
Regularly assesses culture and climate, functioning of staff as character educators, and the extent to which students manifest good character.