ERIC Number: ED468627
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000
Reference Count: N/A
Shaping the Future through Character Education. Colorado State Conference on Character Education.
Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
With the decline in morality and values, character education is gaining considerable momentum. Public opinion polls show growing support for teaching it in schools. Evidence indicates that character education programs change the school culture for the better, allowing students to feel safe to concentrate on learning. In Colorado, character education began with the formation of a group called Caring Communities Build Character. The partnership, formed in 1998, is funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education. The program, which began with 10 demonstration schools, currently has 21 Denver (Colorado) schools involved in the project. Each school selected a group of character traits, defined them, and developed a mission statement that has become an integral part of the life of the school. This transformational process was used to implement the individual character traits into all aspects of the school including behavior in the cafeteria, gym, classrooms, playground, and on the bus. By focusing on traits such as respect, caring, responsibility, honesty, and good citizenship, character education dramatically changes the climate of the school. This booklet is divided into six sections: (1) "Intro" (Defining Character Education; Character Education in Colorado; What Is Character Education and Why Do I Need It? (Hank Brown)); (2) "Safe Schools" (Character Education in a Safe and Civil School Climate (Charles Elbot); Reducing Youth and Family Violence (Ken Salazar); Tate's Rules on Bullies (Ed Tate)); (3) "Teachers/Parents/Community" (Character Education in Teacher Preparation; School Partnerships That Work); (4) "Religious Issues" (Character Education and Religion in a Pluralistic Society (Marcia Beauchamp); Religious Issues and Character Education in the Classrooms); (5) "Resources"; and (6) "Colorado Character Education Policy References." (BT)
Descriptors: Citizenship Education, Elementary Secondary Education, Ethical Instruction, Public Schools, Religion, School Culture, State Programs, Student Behavior, Student Development
Colorado Department of Education, State Office Building, 201 E. Colfax Avenue, Denver, CO 80203-1799. Tel: 303-866-6600; Fax: 303-830-0793; Web site: http://www.cde.state.co.us/index_home.htm.
Publication Type: Collected Works - General; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Colorado State Dept. of Education, Denver.
Identifiers - Location: Colorado