CHARACTERplus®, a project of EducationPlus, works to advance the cause of character education and sustain its impact on the lives of educators and students by:
- designing, promoting and facilitating processes and best practices;
- serving educators and enhancing their commitment to character education;
- actively recruiting and developing community support; and
- continually evaluating the impact of our programs and services.
Started in 1988 by a concerned group of educators, parents and business leaders who decided that something had to be done about the deterioration of basic values, CHARACTERplus now reaches more than 600 schools in over 100 districts, 25,000 teachers and more than 300,000 students throughout Missouri and Illinois.
CHARACTERplus also has the support of over 30 businesses, countless individuals, as well as foundations, federal and state grants. It is the nation’s largest community-wide initiative in character education.
CHARACTERplus helps schools build consensus about what values or character traits to teach and which programs to use. Using the CHARACTERplus Process, each school develops a character education curriculum and program that meets its community’s unique needs.