Title: AU joins the state of Indiana to create Center for Character Development
Governor Frank O’Bannon recently visited Anderson University to make Indiana a national leader in making character count. The governor announced the state is joining with Anderson University to establish the Center for Character Development to promote character education in Indiana’s schools and communities.
The center will be serve as a clearinghouse and resource center for parents, teachers, community leaders — anyone who wants tips on making good character part of the curriculum in every classroom, O’Bannon said.
Also taking part in today’s announcement at the university were Dr. James L. Edwards, president of Anderson University and famed gospel singer Sandi Patty. Adding to the festivities were the Anderson Children’s Choir and students from Brook Park Elementary School in Marion County’s Lawrence Township.
“Education has been my number one priority,” O’Bannon said, noting his administration’s investments in more teacher training, accountability for higher standards, safer schools and making sure every 3rd grader can read at or above 3rd grade level. But there’s also a need for a comprehensive statewide effort focusing on character, he added, and that’s where the new center comes in.
“We are enthusiastic about a partnership with Governor O’Bannon to create a Center for Character Development here on the Anderson University campus,” Dr. Edwards said. “It has long been the mission and commitment of Anderson University to serve the common good with strong character development values. Persons on our faculty and staff understand both the developmental issues and the arenas of personal, professional and family life to be touched by such an initiative. We look forward to an ongoing partnership with the State of Indiana to fulfill the dream of character development.”
Anderson University will coordinate with parents, teachers, businesses, faith-based institutions and others to help individual communities implement character education programs that work for them. In addition, the new center will:
--Hold a series of seminars throughout Indiana so communities can share their experiences in carrying out character education.
--Host a governor’s summit to showcase Indiana’s best practices in character education.
--Establish a character education website to describe various schools’ approaches and provide helpful links for parents and teachers.
--Create a suggested children’s reading list that promotes good character.
--Set up a “character calendar,” listing a different character trait each month and inviting schools to submit essays or projects on that theme.
In its second year, the center will create “character corporations” that will support local character education efforts through mentorships, sponsorships and after-school activities. The center also will facilitate character education workshops and develop award programs that recognize outstanding efforts by students and educators.