National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine Workshop on Approaches to the Development of Character
July 26-27, 2016
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20418
Character education comes in many forms and under many names. Usually a component of structured activities or lessons that engage students in academics, sports, service, and other activities, its aim is to develop or strengthen positive behaviors, attitudes, values, or attributes in young people. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will hold a two-day 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. Workshop sessions will address:
Moving beyond definitional differences to identify alignments across research in different fields, including social and emotional learning and positive youth development, and research from in-school settings;
Identifying what works in developing character;
Effective program implementation and evaluation;
Issues in measuring growth and development of character.
The workshop will include break-out activities for participants to focus on messages and strategies they can use in pursuing their own programs’ goals.