Educating Hearts and Minds: A Comprehensive Character Education Framework

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Corwin Press, 2001 - Education - 204 pages
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This second edition merges new ideas in character education research with best practices in schools and districts. The book provides the most up-to-date and comprehensive framework for K-12 administrators, educators, and concerned citizens. It offers easy access to practical and proven methods supported by in-depth rationale. The book highlights the following keys for success in building an effective character education program: six sets of standards for character education; six tips for leaders; five tips to ensure reaching consensus; five classroom expectations; strategies for school culture and classroom climate; steps for developing a values curriculum; co-curricular activities; teaching principles; staff development and personnel training; and assessment. The book proposes standards, promising practices, and assessment instruments that can be personalized to fit the needs and interests of any school, student population, school district, or community. (Contains a list of resources and 106 references.) (BT)

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About the author (2001)

Edward F. DeRoche received a BS degree from the University of Maine, an MEd degree from Easter Connecticut State University, and an MA and PhD from the University of Connecticut. He is currently Professor in the School of Education and Codirector of the International Center for Character Education at the University of San Diego.

He has been an elementary and middle school teacher and principal, a public school board member, a member of two private high school boards, and a school of education dean. He is a consultatant, evaluator, author, teacher trainer, and the recipient of several awards. He has published eight books and over 50 articles on educational topics.


Mary M. Williams received her BS degree in elementary education from the State University of New York (SUNY), Plattsburgh, her MS in reading from SUNY, Albany, and her EdD in Educational Leadership: Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision from Boston University. She has been a K-12 teacher, a reading specialist, a curriculum coordinator, a teacher educator, a staff developer, and a program evaluator.

She was Associate Professor at Pace University in New York and is now Professor of Education at the University of San Diego, where she is also the Cofounder and Codirector of the International Center for Character Education. She is the Cochair of ATE’s National Commission on Character Education.


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