Programs in Character Education
Since 1990, the Markkula Center for Applied Ethics has offered
a range of programs for schools, students, and parents. These
programs, pioneered and developed by Steve Johnson, have introduced
character education into hundreds of schools by integrating
the exploration of core values into the teaching of language
arts in grades K-12.
While reading required books, poems, and other materials, students
examine key elements of character and virtue. Many Center programs
focus on preparing teachers and administrators to use this curriculum.
Simultaneously, the Center has developed programs to aid parents
in raising an ethical child and programs to assist school administrators
and teachers in designing various school activities to reinforce
the formation of character.
The key components of the Center's work in this area are described
below. More information is available on the Center's Web site
Character-Based Literacy (CBL)
A program that integrates education about values into the language
arts curriculum, CBL is currently in place at more than 200
schools. The Center offers workshops for educators, curriculum
materials, on-site visits, and individual consultations with
teachers. Five Bay Area counties participate and another two
California counties are expected to join in 2002-03. This program
is supported in part by grants from the Markkula Foundation
and the Walter S. Johnson Foundation.
Summer camps for teachers, counselors, and administrators provide
four days of intensive instruction in Character-Based Literacy,
with special sessions for educators in alternative settings
and in Catholic schools. More than 500 teachers have participated
in Ethics Camp since it began in 1998.
Special Education Program
Through a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, the Ethics
Center and the SCU Division of Counseling, Psychology and Education
(CP&E) train special education teachers to be resources
for their schools on character education.
Character Education Master's Program
In conjunction with CP&E, the Center runs a Master of Arts
in Interdisciplinary Education with an emphasis in character
Raising an Ethical Child
Thousands of parents have attended these workshops on moral
development, which range from single evening presentations to
series. Next year, the workshops will be offered in three languages
in a cooperative program with Stonegate Elementary School and
Stonegate Family Center in San Jose.
Ethics in the Schools
Center Director of Character Education Steve Johnson, is a popular
speaker for school districts and regional conferences, especially
in the areas of Workability (workplace readiness) and Healthy
Start (mental and physical health including substance and alcohol