CONTACT :: Fay Gore, Section Chief K-12 Social Studies, State Character Education Coordinator

MISSION :: Character Education is a national movement creating schools that foster ethical, responsible, and caring young people by modeling and teaching good character through an emphasis on universal values that we all share. It is the intentional, proactive effort by schools, districts, and states to instill in their students important core, ethical, and civic values such as respect, responsibility, integrity, perseverance, courage, justice, and self-discipline. Character education's long-term solutions address moral, ethical, and academic issues that are of growing concern about our society and the safety of our schools. Character Education is effectively integrated into the Social Studies Standard Course of Study and may be used as the underpinning for other critical issues such as discipline problems, gang violence, teen pregnancy, and poor academic achievement.Character education may address such critical issues as student absenteeism, discipline.


In the fall of 2001, the Student Citizen Act of 2001 (SL 2001-363) was passed into law by the North Carolina State Legislature. This Act requires every local board of education to develop and implement character education instruction with input from the local community. With the passage of this Act, the state of North Carolina has affirmed that the development of character in our children is the cornerstone of education. Additional information (link to legislative act)


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2011-2012 Character Education Initiative Grant
With the passage of the Student Citizen Act of 2001, the state of North Carolina has affirmed that the development of character in our children is the cornerstone of K-12 education. The K-12 Social Studies Section of the Curriculum and Instruction Division of the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction (NCDPI) is pleased to announce the availability of Character Education Initiative Grant opportunities for K-12 social studies teachers, cross-discipline content area teachers, and community organizations. The purpose of this initiative grant is to design and implement a character education project or program of study in support of social studies education. Mini-grants will be awarded ranging from $1,500 to $2,500. The goal is to have elementary, middle, high schools and community groups represented from each of the state’s eight education regions.

Access the following links for Character Education Grant information:

  • Character Education Initiative Grant Guidelines and Application
    (pdf, 260kb)
  • Character Education Initiative Grant Selection Selection Rubric
    (pdf, 32kb)

Congratulations to Beverly Woods Elementary School located in Charlotte, North Carolina. This school has been honored as a National School of Character by the National Character Education Partnership. Principal Caroline Horne encourages the students to "Never look down on someone else unless you are helping them up."

More can be read about Beverly Woods Elementary School at

The second edition of the Character Education Informational Handbook is now available on-line.
Click here to view or download the pdf file.

2011 NSOC Application Guidelines
(doc, 500kb)

National Character Education Power Point
(ppt, 1.3mb)