Character Education

Character Education

Character EducationCharacter education is about celebrating and teaching positive human qualities, qualities that lead to productive lives and a thriving society. Good character doesn’t just happen; it must be taught and modeled. Many states, in fact, mandate the teaching of character education in schools.

Uncommon Friends Foundation is dedicated to character education and has as its mission instilling ethics, moral values, and a sense of purpose in tomorrow’s leaders. The foundation’s character education program teaches such traits as honesty, integrity, friendship, cooperation, and perseverance.

Our curricula for Grades 3-8 and for High School and beyond entitled, “Lessons Learned from the Uncommon Friends,” are based on stories and incidents found in James Newton’s book, “Uncommon Friends” and were written by teachers with extensive classroom experience. They provide teachers and students with activities that instill ethics and positive character traits and can be integrated into all academic subject areas. Both curricula are aligned with the Florida State Department of Education’s Sunshine Standards and thus are easily aligned with the standards in other states across the country.

Character Education Curricula
The foundation publishes a curriculum for Grades 3-8 and another for High School and beyond. These “Lessons Learned from the Uncommon Friends” curricula are disseminated through teacher training and classroom encounters. The curricula meet the Florida State Department of Education’s Sunshine Standards and thus are easily aligned with the standards in other states across the country. The curriculum is currently being taught in a number of states throughout the country.

Deadline for 2017’s Character Education Award is May 1, 2017. 

Character Education Award Nomination Form
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Curriculum
Grades 3-8

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Curriculum Grades 3-8
Curriculum
High School/Adult

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Curriculum High School/Adult

 

2016 Character Education
Teacher of the Year Award

Each year the Foundation recognizes and honors educators who are outstanding in their use of the curriculum and character education lessons with their students.

Dr. Jesse Bryson of Oasis High School was presented the 2016 Champion Teacher Award by Dr. Karen Serrell

Dr. Jesse Bryson of Fort Myers High School was presented the 2016 Champion Teacher Award by Dr. Karen Serrell

Dr. Jesse L. Bryson, Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) instructor at Fort Myers High School, has been named the Uncommon Friends Foundation’s 2016 Champion Teacher of the Year. Dr. Bryson has revitalized and modernized the UFF curriculum to inspire young minds at James Stephens International Academy. He is also founder and director of the I Will Mentorship Foundation (IWMF) and has over 20 years’ experience mentoring area youth.