The Center for Character Development within the School of Education at Anderson University, along with Indianapolis Public Schools and Anderson Community Schools, recently announced that they will share a three-year, $1 million, federal grant from the Department of Education to train 40 counselors and after-school partners through AU’s certified character education program.
“We are pleased to be a part of this usual collaboration with IPS and ACS to provide training for both corporation's teachers in implementing Character Education into their classrooms,” said Dr. Diana Ross, dean of the AU School of Education. "Anderson has long been a model for Character education in the regular classroom and now this grant will provide additional resources to work with students in alternative settings. One thing we know, together we will learn and do what is best for all students."
The Partnerships in Character Education Program awards grants to design and implement character education programs that teach students core ethical concepts such as civics, citizenship, justice and responsibility. Grant recipients must show how they have integrated character education into classroom instruction and teacher training. They also must involve parents, students and the community in the process.
Formed in 2000, the mission of The Center for Character Development at Anderson University is to recognize, enhance, teach and sustain positive qualities in the lives of persons in order to promote civility through character development. The intent of this initiative, now a part of the School of Education at AU, is to foster greater understanding and cooperation among individuals and organizations and help develop a positive environment to address issues that will shape the future.
Anderson University is a four-year liberal arts institution of approximately 2,800 undergraduate and graduate students. Established in 1917 by the Church of God, the university offers more than 60 undergraduate majors and graduate programs in business, education, nursing, theology, and music.