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Read the April Character Education Newsletter!

What is Character Education?

  • Teaching students how to take responsibility for their actions and to treat others with respect.

  • Showing students that there are specific payoffs in life for doing those things.
  • Modeling that behavior for students every second that they are with us during the day, and expecting them to do the same.
  • Creating an atmosphere at school where students can safely practice those behaviors until such behavior becomes the norm.
  • 2006-07 Character Education Traits

Duval County Public Schools Character Education Objectives include:

  • To significantly decrease in-school and out-of-school suspensions, and incidents of fighting, battery and intimidation among K - 12 students,

  • To significantly increase school attendance among students K - 12 and participation in extracurricular activities among students in grades 6 - 12.

Learn More about Character Education

Character Education Traits for 2006-07 School Year

Month Character Trait
Responsibility and Attentiveness - Click here to learn more!

Responsibility: The quality of having moral, legal or mental accountability. Reliable. Trustworthy.

Attentiveness: Heedful; being mindful of another's speech, needs, etc.


Citizenship and Cooperation - Click here to learn more!

Citizenship: The status of being a member of a community.

Cooperation: The action of working for the common benefit.


Fairness - Click here to learn more!

Fairness: Marked by impartiality and honesty; free from self-interest, prejudice or favoritism.


Patriotism - Click here to learn more!

Patriotism: Love for or devotion to one's country.


Kindness and Caring - Click here to learn more!

Kindness: A kind deed; the quality of state of being kind.

Caring: To feel interest or concern


Courage and Initiative - Click here to learn more!

Courage: Mental or moral strength.

Initiative: Taking the first step.


Respect and Tolerance - Click here to learn more!

Respect: Showing regard for the worth of someone or something.

Tolerance: Respecting the individual differences, views and beliefs of others.


Honesty and Trustworthiness - Click here to learn more!

Honesty: Adherance to the facts; fairness and straightforwardness of conduct.

Trustworthiness: Worthy of confidence.



Exercising restraint over one's impulses, emotions, desires.


Patience and Perseverance

Patience: Capacity, habit or fact of bearing pains or trials calmly or without complaint; not hasty or impetuous.

Perseverance: Steady persistence in adhering to a course of action, a belief or purpose; steadfastness. Continued pursuit of any enterprise once begun.

Learn More About Character, Kindness, Ethics and More!

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation

Do Something

Project Wisdom: Helping student make wiser choices.

Tolerance.org: Fight hate and promote tolerance.

Southern Poverty Law Center: Teaching Tolerance

Laws of Life Essay Contest

Decision Making and Ethics

Character Counts

Character Education Library Lists
Each list features a brief summary of the book, the book reading level, Lexile score (for most books) and character traits central to the story.
Each list is offered as a .pdf file. You will need Acrobat Reader to open it. If you do not have Reader, click here for FREE download of Acrobat Reader.

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