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The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
Office of Testing and Assessment
Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education
  Approaches to the Development of Character:
Proceedings of a Workshop

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Character Ed Highlights

The development of character is a valued objective for many kinds of educational programs that take place both in and outside of school. Educators and administrators who develop and run programs that seek to develop character recognize that the established approaches for doing so have much in common, and they are eager to learn about promising practices used in other settings, evidence of effectiveness, and ways to measure the effectiveness of their own approaches.

In July 2016, the Board on Testing and Assessment held a workshop to review research and practice relevant to the development of character, with a particular focus on ideas that can support the adults who develop and run out-of-school programs. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

Sponsor: S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation


Information from the workshop held
July 26-27, 2016
(includes agenda, commissioned papers, and video from the workshop)

 Committee Members

Deborah Vandell (Chair), University of California, Irvine
Catherine Bradshaw, University of Virginia
Lucy Friedman, The After-School Corporation, New York
Ellen Gannet, Wellesley College
Stephanie Jones, Harvard Graduate School of Education
Richard M. Lerner, Tufts University
Velma McBride Murry, Vanderbilt University
Jennifer Brown Urban, Montclair State University


Alexandra Beatty, Study Director
Patricia Morison, Acting Director, Board on
   Testing and Assessment
Judy Koenig, Senior Program Officer
Kelly Arrington, Senior Program Assistant



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