Character Education

Carroll County Board of Education Core Values calls for the PK-12 infusion of character education throughout the school environment and instructional program in all schools.  Through Character Development, schools provide a safe and orderly learning environment and prepare students to meet the challenges of the 21st Century global community.  While recognizing that parents are the primary educators of children, schools share a significant role in helping young people develop and reinforce those characteristics that support a democratic society. 

Our schools have defined three broad character trait categories:  Respect, Responsibility, and Resilience.  Within each of these three areas, we intentionally teach and encourage related character strengths such as self-confidence, helpfulness/service, justice/fairness, integrity, perseverance, cooperation/kindness, courtesy, self-discipline/dependability, grit, patience, accountability, empathy and commitment.  In Carroll County Public Schools, each school has the flexibility to emphasize character traits programmatically.

If you would like additional information on any of this material, you will find the school contact name and telephone number printed at the end of each submission or you may contact Judy Klinger or Kim Muniz in the Student Services Department, 410-751-3120, of Carroll County Public Schools. 

 CCPS Character Education Handbook

Character Education Resources: 

The Character Education Partnership - A nonpartisan coalition of organizations and individuals identifies 11 principles of effective character education.

Character Counts! Coalition is a nonprofit, nonpartisan coalition of schools, communities, and nonprofit organizations working to advance character education by teaching the “six pillars of character”: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship. The group posts lesson plans for teaching good character. 

USDE Character Education
USDE’s Character Education and Civic Engagement
Technical Assistance Center (CETAC)
Random Acts of Kindness - Lesson plans and stories of kindness
The Foundation for a Better Life – Free posters, DVD Public Service Announcements – Motivational videos and books

Good Character- Curriculum by level as well as work-place character education activities. Videos available.

Help Others/Smile Cards
- This site features cards that you can print out in many languages that encourage students to do random acts of kindness. It also features stories about kindness and a place for you to share your acts of kindness.

Maryland Center for Character Education-

MSDE Character Education-



 Character Education Award Winning Schools
2012 Maryland Center for Character Education

 Carrolltowne Elementary

 East Middle

 Eldersburg Elementary

 Parr's Ridge Elementary

 Shiloh Middle

 Spring Garden Elementary