Character Education

Learn how to help children develop traits like initiative, perseverance, and empathy to be successful and contribute positively to their communities.

  • Character Education

    The Value of Compassion in Teaching

    Four simple ways to model and promote compassion, which is especially important for students with adverse childhood experiences.
  • Character Education

    A Multipurpose Lunch Group

    Lessons on manners and literature foster a sense of community that helps struggling students begin to find their way in school.
  • Student Wellness

    Building a Bridge to a Place of Belonging

    At a school in Norway, a program connects Norwegians and immigrants for pizza and games—with benefits for both groups.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    A Student’s Perspective on SEL

    An eighth grader shares what she has gained from a long-term social and emotional learning program.
  • Character Education

    Exploring the Benefit Mindset

    Helping students see how they can have a positive influence on their community and the world goes beyond teaching and modeling empathy.
  • School Climate

    How Strong Relationships Improve School Outcomes

    A Nashville high school striving to close achievement gaps is relying on trauma-informed practices and social and emotional learning—and it’s getting results.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Building Schools on a Foundation of SEL

    Visit a pair of Nashville middle schools born out of the belief that strong social and emotional learning practices improve academic outcomes.
  • Professional Development

    Spreading the Word: Professional Development for SEL

    Educators from around the country come to Compass Camp to experience a unique model for social and emotional learning.
  • Social and Emotional Learning

    Weekly Circles for Students and Faculty

    See what happens when students and faculty participate in regular meetings to build trust and promote deeper learning.
  • Mental Health

    Making Students Feel Safe

    A trauma-informed approach ensures that students feel safe, supported, and nurtured—to improve their chances of academic success.