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How to Build a 36-Week Character Education Curriculum

Critical thinking–based character education uses the techniques involved in the critical thinking process to explore traits that align with the goals of SEL for individuals and school culture. By incorporating this type of character education, students and educators can apply higher-order thinking in daily classroom activities. This provides an opportunity to create a culture in which character traits are thoughtfully considered and applied to students’ lives. As these critical thinking skills are practiced within character education, SEL goals can be achieved.

What You’ll Learn

This guide gives you the tools to customize a character education curriculum to match your classroom or school needs. The suggested activities are adaptable for any grade level and address a wide range of learning preferences. They also provide plenty of opportunities for school-wide, community, and family engagement. Inside, you’ll find:

  • List of 36 character traits
  • 36 suggested projects and activities
  • Tips for customizing your own character education curriculum
  • Research and context for character education

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