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Character Education

Character education includes and complements a broad range of educational approaches such as whole child education, service learning, social-emotional learning, and civic education. All share a commitment to helping young people become responsible, caring, and contributing citizens. (from Character education is education that cultivates and promotes the ethical, intellectual, sense of civics and social and emotional development of individuals. It is a continuous learning process that enables young people and adults to become moral, caring, critical, responsible individuals. Character education is built on the relationship between knowledge, values, and the skills necessary to live a successful life. Today, we are citizens of the world. The knowledge required to navigate in this space grows by leaps and bounds every day. It's not just facts and figures, but the consciousness and competencies needed to prosper in a more tolerant, just and peaceful world. OCM BOCES supports character education through the Character Education Collaborative and by supporting the various character education programs in our component districts. These programs include:

The Positivity Project is a PK-12 program that equips schools with digital resources, training, and strategy to teach positive psychology’s 24 character strengths and empower their students to build positive relationships.

Rachel's Challenge programs provide a sustainable, evidence-based framework for positive climate and culture in our schools. Fully implemented, partner schools achieve statistically significant gains in community engagement, faculty/student relationships, leadership potential, and school climate; along with reductions in bullying, alcohol, tobacco and other drug use.

Wisdom Thinker’s goal is to create a school climate that honors diversity, nurtures character, and discourages bullying seamlessly within Common Core Standards.

For more information, please contact Kathryn Daughton at

PO Box 4754
Syracuse, NY 13221

Matthew L. Cook, Ed.D.
District Superintendent
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