What is Character Development?
There are universal attributes that schools and communities value.
Character development is the deliberate effort to nurture these attributes and use them as a standard against which we hold ourselves accountable. They are key aspects of school life. They bind us together and form the
basis of responsible citizenship. They are a foundation for excellence and equity in education and for
school communities that are respectful, safe, caring and inclusive. (A guide to Character Development in Ontario Schools, K–12)
- involves empathy, consideration, appreciation, and the understanding of the feelings, thoughts and actions of others
- involves actions, feelings and thoughts that are just, equitable and unbiased
- involves actions, thoughts, and feelings that demonstrate dignity, courtesy, and high regard for self, others, the environment and our world
- involves actions, thoughts, and feelings that are sincere, trustworthy, and truthful
- being accountable for your actions, thoughts, and feelings and following through on your personal and community commitments
Character Development in the Upper Grand District School Board
Board and community consultations supported the development of five character attributes for the Upper Grand school community:
Each school in the Upper Grand District School Board is responsible for embedding these five attributes into the fabric of their school community and intentionally supporting the development of the attributes in their staff and students. As each community is unique, each school has approached the integration of the five attributes into their school culture in their own way.