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Character Education

The Ethics Institute has been working with Character Education Partnership (CEP) to foster character education in New Hampshire. The Ethics Institute, with support from the NH Department of Education and CEP, manages the annual State Schools of Character awards program which recognizes schools or districts that demonstrate an outstanding character education that yields positive results in student behavior, school climate, and academic performance. State winners advance to compete in the National Schools of Character awards program, conducted by CEP.

As part of their initiative to improve character education nationwide, CEP sponsors an annual conference. This year the 17th National Forum on Character Education was held in beautiful San Francisco. The conference brought together individuals from more than 40 states and 20 countries who all shared a common goal: to improve character education in our schools. Guest speakers included Rafe Esquith, an award-winning teacher, Cathy Berger Kaye, a service learning expert, Larry Nucci, a noted researcher, Byron Garrett, CEO of National PTA, and Michele Borba, an educational psychologist. The breakout sessions were engaging, the award ceremonies were inspirational, but most rewarding was the chance to connect with others and share ideas and experiences in character education.

In the words of one participant: "It is impossible to summarize three glorious days of workshops from some of the most prominent speakers in educational leadership. Of the dozens upon dozens of conferences I’ve attended, this conference stands out among my top three, because of the heartwarming success stories of people who are transforming the lives of children because of their commitment to character development."


For more information about the Character Education program in NH, please click here. 



Last Updated: 1/25/11