Building Character in Schools: Practical Ways to Bring Moral Instruction to Life
March 2003, Jossey-Bass
Ryan and Bohlin provide a blueprint for educators who wish to translate a personal commitment to character education into a schoolwide vision and effort. They outline the principles and strategies of effective character education and explain what schools must do to teach students the habits and dispositions that lead to responsible adulthood -- from developing curriculum that reinforces good character development to strengthening links with parents. A useful resource section includes sample lessons, program guidelines, and a parents' list of ways to promote character in their children.
Building Character in Schools clearly defines the responsibilities of adults and students in modeling and nurturing character and sets forth practical guidelines for schools seeking to become communities of virtue where responsibility, hard work, honesty, and kindness are modeled, taught, expected, celebrated, and continually practiced.
1 Character Education: What Is It and Why Is It Important? 1
2 Views, Values, or Virtues? 25
3 Building a Community of Virtue 53
4 Cultivating Character Through the Curriculum 89
5 Engaging Parents in Character Education 115
6 The Teacher's Work: Nurturing Character 138
7 Helping Students Take Command 165
Appendix Part 1: Good Ideas
A The Character Education Manifesto 189
B A Seven-Point Program 193
C An Overview of the Virtues 207
D The Montclair Kimberly Academy Declaration 213
E The Boston University Educators Affirmation 215
F Character Quotes 217
Appendix Part 2: Action Strategies
G One Hundred Ways to Bring Character Education to Life 229
H Pitfalls to Avoid in Character Education 239
I Ten Commandments for Parents 243
Karen E. Bohlin is executive director of the Center for the Advancement of Ethics and Character and assistant professor of education at Boston University. Bohlin and Ryan are coauthors with Deborah Farmer of Building Character in School Resource Guide from Jossey-Bass.