Frequently Asked Questions About Friends of CharacterPlus
What is CharacterPlus?
CharacterPlus, a resource of EducationPlus®, is committed to building strong school communities where students feel valued and can succeed. To do this, CharacterPlus helps educators instill positive character traits in students - such as responsibility and respect - through character education. This is accomplished by teacher, encouraging and living these values in every aspect of school life. Studies have proven that when character education is integrated into curriculum and throughout the school, academic performance increases and behavior problems such as bullying decrease. Founded in 1988 by Sandy McDonnell, CharacterPlus is the largest community-wide character education initiative in the country and serves more than 330,000 students, 30,000 teachers, 600 schools and 70 districts throughout Missouri and parts of Illinois and Kansas. The organization offers educators a series of workshops, networking, conferences and advanced training about using character education to transform school culture. Find more information at characterplus.org, or call 314.692.1276. CharacterPlus is on Facebook, Instagram & Twitter.
How do you know CharacterPlus works?
In a federally funded study of more than 40 schools, we conducted research to see what effect CharacterPlus had on schools as compared to the control group that did not work with CharacterPlus. The results were exceptional. In schools with CharacterPlus, scores for math went up by as much as 54%; scores for English and Communication Arts went up by as much as 47%; and behavioral problems like bullying were reduced by as much as 51%. The study included elementary, middle and high schools in urban, suburban and rural area.
Full results of the study, published in the Journal of Moral Education, Volume 40, 2011, can be found here
What is Friends of CharacterPlus and why was it created?
Friends of CharacterPlus was founded in 2005 by Veronica McDonnell to increase awareness of the CharacterPlus programs in the schools where it was being utilized and also to the community at large. During the founding of CharacterPlus, it was thought best to not publicize the name of the program. However, after years of success in area schools, it was decided that CharacterPlus should be recognized as the organization responsible for the positive results in schools and throughout the community.
How does Friends of CharacterPlus interact with CharacterPlus?
Friends of CharacterPlus promotes and raises awareness of the critical work undertaken by CharacterPlus. The Friends group also provides scholarship for educations to attend the CharacterPlus National Conference and it funds special needs of the organization.
The Friends of CharacterPlus' 501(c)(3) designation allows CharacterPlus to apply for grants that require this designation since CharacterPlus' non-profit status is the same as a school district.
How is Friends of CharacterPlus Funded?
Friends of CharacterPlus is funded through donations, memberships to the organization and through ticket sales from the Friends Fall Party, held annually in late November. Friends of CharacterPlus also hosts other special events to raise funds for the organization.
How is the Friends of CharacterPlus governed?
Friends of CharacterPlus is run by a board of trustees made up of a diverse group of community volunteers led by the executive committee which includes the president, vice president, assistant vice president, treasurer, secretary, immediate past president and founder. The current list of board of trustee members can be found here.
How can I learn more about Friends of CharacterPlus?