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Online resources for character development

Fall 2008—These online resources have been reviewed for appropriate content and accuracy. However, we recognize that content can change over time. Please notify us at information@hpedsb.on.ca if you have questions or concerns.

For students
Cyber Bullying and Cyber Threats http://www.cyberbully.org/
The Center for Safe and Responsible Internet Use provides research and outreach services to address issues of the safe and responsible use of the Internet. We provide guidance to parents, educators, librarians, policy-makers, and others regarding effective strategies to assist young people in gaining the knowledge, skills, motivation, and self-control to use the Internet and other information technologies in a safe and responsible manner.
Kids Help Phone http://www.kidshelpphone.ca/
Designed for students, this excellent web site offers help and information: the material is divided into age groups from are 8 and up. Students can post questions and get information on support for a range of social issues.
Street Kids International http://www.streetkids.org
Street Kids International is a non-profit agency founded in Canada that is a global leader in developing and disseminating the strategies and tools needed to give street kids around the world the opportunities to make a better life for themselves. This Website provides information about the IMPRINT global education program that gives Canadian students the chance to learn about and take action on the global issue of street youth. IMPRINT works in partnership with the York Region District School Board and Character Matters!

 

For parents and guardians
Institute for Global Ethics http://www.globalethics.org/
This is a website that is current events focused. It also does extensive research on how people make decisions with respect to ethical issues.
Ministry of Education: Safe Schools Act Review http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/act.html
More than 700 parents, teachers, students and other community members from across Ontario provided input that has helped shape a comprehensive new approach to school safety outlined in the Safe Schools Action Team's report. Includes the full report and Bill 212 legislation with the movement towards progressive discipline and school safety.
Ministry of Education: Shaping Safer Schools http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthysafeschools/actionTeam/shaping.html
This report is an action plan for principals, teachers, and other educators, students, parents, and the broader community around bullying-related issues.
Project Wisdom http://www.projectwisdom.com/
Project Wisdom is a collection of daily words of wisdom. The messages set a positive tone for the day for everyone.

 

For educators
Centre for the Fourth and Fifth R’s http://www.cortland.edu/c4n5rs/
This site provides resources for classrooms, opportunities for training and assessment tools for the building of Respect and Responsibility. The works of Thomas Likona are profiled here.
Character Counts http://www.charactercounts.org/
This is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, nonsectarian character education framework that teaches the Six Pillars of Character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship. Includes links to literacy and book lists for K- 6 classrooms.
Character Education Partnership http://www.character.org
This tends to be an umbrella organization for many others; it is an active partnership of many organizations, from social and emotional learning to character education to service learning. It’s particularly useful for information on implementation, upcoming conferences and links to other sites.
Character In Sports – Coaching Tools http://www.goodcharacter.com/SPORTS/coachtools.html
The material on this page was borrowed (with permission) from the Positive Coaching Alliance website. Positive Coaching Alliance (PCA) is a nonprofit organization based at Stanford University with the mission to transform the culture of youth sports to give all young athletes the opportunity for a positive, character-building experience.
Good Character.com http://www.goodcharacter.com/
Free resources, lessons plans and ideas for K – 12. If you work with kids, and you need to implement character education tomorrow, and you want some immediate help, this is where to start.But if your character education program is cruising, and you just want some additional ideas and materials, this is also where to start.
International Bullying Prevention Organization http://www.stopbullyingworld.org/
The International Bullying Prevention Association welcomes you to join us as we work together to take research-based best practices into our countries, schools and communities, to make our world a more welcoming and safer place for all.
Learning for Life http://www.learning-for-life.org/
A great place for getting ‘stuff’ from stickers, ties, awards, literature on a variety of character related topics. It provides programs that are designed to support schools and other youth-serving organizations in their efforts toward preparing youth to successfully handle the complexities of today's society and to enhance their self-confidence, motivation, and self-worth.
Safe@School http://www.safeatschool.ca/index.php?q=en/home
This website and the training components that complement it are a joint project of the Ontario Teachers’ Federation and Le Centre ontarien de prévention des agressions. Together we have built a multi-faceted bullying prevention project designed to benefit teachers and their fellow school staff members, along with parents, school communities, and, most of all, students. Through this project we hope to help bring about systemic change for teachers, students, and the education system overall. Safe@School is funded entirely by the Ontario Ministry of Education. Professional, classroom and parent resources are excellent.
The Random Acts of Kindness™ Foundation http://www.actsofkindness.org/
Inspires people to practice kindness and to “pass it on” to others. We provide free educational and community ideas, guidance, and other resources to kindness participants through free site random acts of kindness ideas and lesson plans.
The Josephson Institute http://www.josephsoninstitute.org/jilinks.htm
The Institute has a lot going for it, but it absolutely excels in it’ Links to ethics related sites – from political and social, from individual to global, from inspiration to sweatshops… they’re all there! Great for teacher / student research. Their report, 2002 “Report Card on the Ethics of American Youth” is an eye opener.


Ministry of Education resources
Ministry of Education: Shaping Safer Schools http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthysafeschools/actionTeam/shaping.html
This report is an action plan for principals, teachers, and other educators, students, parents, and the broader community around bullying-related issues.
Ministry of Education: Bullying Prevention Survey http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/bullying.html
The government's new bullying prevention strategy will help to prevent bullying and tackle its causes. Bullying is an underestimated and pervasive problem. It is often a precursor to other violent behaviour that is never acceptable in Ontario's schools or communities. The climate surveys are part of a comprehensive bullying prevention strategy to reduce incidents and fundamentally change attitudes toward the phenomenon of bullying.
Ministry of Education: Safe Schools Act Review http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/act.html
More than 700 parents, teachers, students and other community members from across Ontario provided input that has helped shape a comprehensive new approach to school safety outlined in the Safe Schools Action Team's report. Includes the full report and Bill 212 legislation with the movement towards progressive discipline and school safety.
Ministry of Education: Online Respect and Responsibility http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/safeschools/respect.html
What do students think about respect and responsibility in the world of technology? Education Minister Kathleen Wynne brought students together in May 2007 to start finding out. The students shared their experiences and perspectives, and suggested solutions. A summary of that discussion is published in the Get Connected, Get in the Know: Online Respect and Responsibility.

 

Resources from other school boards
Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board – Character Education http://www.kpr.edu.on.ca/programs/character_education.php
Simcoe County District School Board – Commit to Character http://www.scdsb.on.ca/parents/commit_to_character.cfm
Toronto District School Board – Character Development in Action
http://www.tdsb.on.ca/_site/ViewItem.asp?siteid=9997&menuid=6685&pageid=5824
Upper Canada District School Board http://www2.ucdsb.on.ca/charactered/
York Region District School Board – Character Matters http://www.yrdsb.edu.on.ca/page.cfm?id=ICM200203
 
 

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