Finding Great Ideas for Teaching Character


Much of the best wisdom about teaching is known by teachers themselves. They are the individuals on the front line of nurturing character strengths and skills in the classroom. It’s a kind of implicit knowledge that is invaluable when shared.

To that end, Character Lab, an initiative supported by the John Templeton Foundation, is awarding $10,000 to teachers from all school types with the most innovative ideas for inspiring virtues among 5th-12th grade students. Seven winners will receive the stipend, alongside support from Character Lab, and additional funding to test their ideas in schools.

The teacher innovation grant welcomes original ideas based on 24 different character virtues—from a class-wide detective game to promote curiosity to a peer-mediation project to promote forgiveness. Full details are available online, and applications are due by November 2, 2014. The best ideas will be selected by an online voting competition.