June 22, 2005 Extra Credit
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Character Education…Our Shared Responsibility

The U.S. Department of Education’s recently updated brochure entitled “Character Education-Our Shared Responsibility” is printed in English and Spanish and emphasizes the importance of character education. The brochure was developed to inform parents, educators and the community about the Department’s support, resources and involvement in character education. In the brochure, Secretary Margaret Spellings notes, “Education at its best should expand the mind and build character.”

To successfully implement character education, schools are encouraged to:
  • Take a leadership role to bring the staff, parents and students together to identify and define the elements of character they want to emphasize;
  • Provide training for staff on how to integrate character education into the life and culture of the school;
  • Form a vital partnership with parents and the community so that students hear a consistent message about character traits essential for success in school and life; and
  • Provide opportunities for school leaders, teachers, parents and community partners to model exemplary character traits and social behaviors.
Parents, schools, community groups and others interested in ordering this brochure can order up to 100 free copies by:
  • Calling the U.S. Department of Education's Publications Center (ED Pubs) toll-free at 1-877-4-ED-PUBS (1-877-433-7827); TTY/TDD: 1-877-576-7734; FAX: 1-301-470-1244;
  • Writing to request a copy: ED Pubs, P.O. Box 1398, Jessup, MD 20794-1398.

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