Character Lab

Character Lab is a nonprofit organization founded to research and create new ways to help all students develop character. While research suggests character is important to academic and life success, little is known about cultivating it. This site includes links to several playbooks with lesson plans, videos, and activities to help students learn character-building strategies and beliefs. It also provides an overview and links to related resources and research articles on each of the following character traits:

  • Curiousity
  • Grit
  • Gratitude
  • Growth Mindset
  • Purpose
  • Self-Control
  • Zest

The well organized overviews are an excellent introduction for those new to social emotional learning, and the related resource lists can provide veteran teachers with more reading. This interview with Angela Duckworth, expert on the concept of “grit” and the founder of Character Lab, provides more background on creation of the site and current debates about the role of grit in academic success.

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