Character Education
Presented by B. David Brooks, Ed.D.
(1 hour 5 minutes)

Dr. B. David Brooks is co-editor of the journal, “Character Education.”  Dr. Brooks maintains that schools constitute a community within themselves.  If the school community nurtures the language, culture and climate of strong character, then the students who spend a significant portion of their time there will begin to display the words, concepts, behavior and skills that build good conduct, ethical decision making, and an atmosphere of productive learning.  There is strong evidence that character education programs are effective when key criteria include: direct instruction, language-based curriculum, positive language, content and process, visual reinforcement, school climate approach, teacher friendly materials, teacher flexibility and creativity, student participation, parental involvement, and evaluation.  In this session, Dr. Brooks discusses these concepts.  Activities are included with materials.