The Six Pillars of Character
The Six Pillars of Character are the core ethical values of CHARACTER COUNTS!
Each of the Six Pillars of Character, in combination with character education and SEL best practices, help create a positive school climate, making schools a safe environment for students to learn.
- Be honest.
- Keep your promises.
- Be reliable — do what you say you’ll do.
- Be loyal — stand by your family, friends, and country.
- Treat others with respect and follow the Golden Rule.
- Be tolerant and accepting of differences.
- Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone.
- Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements.
- Do what you are supposed to do.
- Do your best.
- Use self-control.
- Play by the rules.
- Be open-minded; listen to others.
- Don’t take advantage of others.
- Don’t blame others carelessly.
- Be kind and compassionate.
- Express gratitude.
- Forgive others and show mercy.
- Help people in need.
- Do your share to make your home, school, community, and world better.
- Stay informed; vote.
- Be a good neighbor.
Character education and SEL curriculum resources, activities, lessons, and more!
Create a positive school environment with our CHARACTER COUNTS! student planners!
Planners offer character lessons and challenges for each of the Six Pillars of Character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship) and feature ample writing space, colorful designs, study tips, planning helpers, and more.
Have you checked out the benefits of our CHARACTER COUNTS! Coalition?
Members receive a 10% discount at our store, special rates on character education workshops, and access to a private members-only website featuring key resources – including video tips for educators!
Resource Highlight: The ESSENTIALS
Designed for educators working with middle and high school youth, The ESSENTIALS is a research-based program that focuses on ten critical competencies needed for success in school, extra-curricular activities, work, and beyond. Modules are aligned with the Six Pillars of Character and the core CASEL Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) Competencies of self-management, self-awareness, social awareness, relationship skills, and responsible decision-making.
New modules just released! Plus receive one FREE module with the purchase of one (or more) modules at regular price. Offer valid through 6/30/21.
CHARACTER COUNTS! Social-Emotional Results
Schools participating in CHARACTER COUNTS! are seeing positive results in academic performance, social and emotional skills, school climate, and character development.
Verbal altercations down 68%.
– Riverside Brookfield High, IL
88% of teachers say students are more emotionally and physically safe as result of CHARACTER COUNTS!
– Puerto Rico
“CHARACTER COUNTS! is such an integral part of what we exemplify here at North Pike Elementary. We were excited to offer training to several of our new faculty members, so they could become more immersed in our CHARACTER COUNTS! overall program.
We are looking forward to sharing A Parent’s Guide to Teaching Good Character at our Parent Night. Our faculty sees the difference we can make in a young child’s life by sharing the values of CHARACTER COUNTS! on a daily basis with each and every student entrusted to our care.”
North Pike Elementary School