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“In this timely and solidly researched book, Scott Seider makes the case that a school’s efforts to foster character do not come at the expense of academic achievement—rather, they enhance it. This book will be an important read for educators, policy makers, and citizens who care about the full character development of the young.” — William Damon, professor of education and director of the Center on Adolescence, Stanford University


“Scott Seider, a rising star in the field of education, has crafted an eloquent presentation that highlights the importance of process, context, diversity, and commitment to a vision. This is a valuable addition to the body of knowledge informing best practices in character education.” — Marvin W. Berkowitz, Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis


Character Compass challenges me to reflect on our school’s curriculum, programming, practices, and messages. In what ways are we influencing our students’ character development, and in what ways are we missing opportunities to explicitly define and reinforce attitudes, beliefs, and actions that will positively shape their character?” — Peggy Kemp, headmaster, Fenway High School, Boston


“If you are interested in character education across a district, within a school, or in a single classroom, Character Compass is for you. Seider not only offers a strong theoretical framework to help guide big-picture decision making, he also provides rich, nuanced descriptions of how the character programs actually play out in schools. I can’t wait to share these portraits with my graduate students.” — Brent Maddin, provost and professor, Relay Graduate School of Education


"This is a critical book for anyone interested in character development in education—especially reformers who are focusing on cultivating traits like grit and perseverance." — Chris Pupik Dean, Ph.D., Perspectives on Urban Education

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In this lively and engaging book, Scott Seider offers portraits of three high-performing urban schools that have made character development central to their mission. Character Compass highlights each school’s unique approach to character development and shows how qualities like empathy, integrity, perseverance, and daring can nurture student success.

“In this timely and solidly researched book, Scott Seider makes the case that a school’s efforts to foster character do not come at the expense of academic achievement—rather, they enhance it. This book will be an important read for educators, policy makers, and citizens who care about the full character development of the young.” — William Damon, professor of education and director of the Center on Adolescence, Stanford University

“Scott Seider, a rising star in the field of education, has crafted an eloquent presentation that highlights the importance of process, context, diversity, and commitment to a vision. This is a valuable addition to the body of knowledge informing best practices in character education.” — Marvin W. Berkowitz, Sanford N. McDonnell Professor of Character Education, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Character Compass challenges me to reflect on our school’s curriculum, programming, practices, and messages. In what ways are we influencing our students’ character development, and in what ways are we missing opportunities to explicitly define and reinforce attitudes, beliefs, and actions that will positively shape their character?” — Peggy Kemp, headmaster, Fenway High School, Boston

“If you are interested in character education across a district, within a school, or in a single classroom, Character Compass is for you. Seider not only offers a strong theoretical framework to help guide big-picture decision making, he also provides rich, nuanced descriptions of how the character programs actually play out in schools. I can’t wait to share these portraits with my graduate students.” — Brent Maddin, provost and professor, Relay Graduate School of Education

Scott Seider, forward by Howard Gardner
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Education Press (October 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1612504868
  • ISBN-13: 978-1612504865
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 8.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 13.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,476 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Alexander Schuh on April 30, 2013
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This book helps with framing a discussion about character and how to create school environments that might foster skills that are helpful for success in life. It's a start, but don't expect to find the solution here. The matter is complex, and very poorly understood. In fact, a school might not have much ability to influence the development of a person's character, relative to their home and environment outside of school, or just the particular mix of kids in the school that a certain person chooses to hang out with. This type of social engineering might be thought of as desirable, but it's hard to know whether it's even possible. Studying what influences a person's behavior over a lifetime takes, well, a lifetime!
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By Alexa LeBoeuf on April 17, 2013
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While I have only had a chance to start reading, I love this book so far. It is clear and draws interesting distinctions between the types of character education models. A must read for all in the field of education
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