The Texas Character Education Week holds a special place as one of the School of Science and Technology Discovery District’s exemplary practices in character education. This celebration was born from the proclamation by Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who declared November 15, 2019, as the inaugural Texas Character Education Day. The success of the day led to its expansion into a week-long celebration in 2020, and since then, it has become a cherished tradition in Texas.

The impact of the Texas Character Education Week has not gone unnoticed, as it has garnered recognition as a promising practice by character.org, an organization that has been validating character education programs in districts and schools globally since 1993. This validation further cements the significance and effectiveness of this initiative in fostering character development among students.

The Week Momentum has transcended borders, reaching out to students, parents, and teachers in more than forty (40) countries through its ‘Color the World with Character Traits Poster Drive’. This global reach showcases the universality of character education and its potential to positively influence communities worldwide.

As we continue to celebrate the Texas Character Education Week, let us be inspired by the impact it has had and strive to promote character education as an essential foundation for nurturing compassionate, responsible, and empathetic individuals in our society. Together, let’s continue ‘Coloring the World with Character Traits’ and building a world where character thrives and communities flourish.

Texas Character Education Week is an initiative that brings together educators, parents, and students to celebrate character education. It serves as a neutral platform for educators to learn from each other, strengthening character-related programs in schools and districts. The uniqueness and identity of each school or district are valued and embraced, encouraging enriching conversations and diverse ways of promoting character education.

We express our gratitude to everyone joining us in this endeavor to make Texas a shining example in character education. Together, we can foster a positive impact on our communities and empower the future generation with the values of compassion, responsibility, and integrity. Let’s work together to make character education thrive and create a brighter future for all.

Thank you for being a part of this journey!

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As you know, HB 1026 requires each school district and open-enrollment charter school to adopt a character education program that includes positive character traits.

As Texas Administrative Code (TAC) describes, “Character education introduces students to character traits and personal skills that empower them to be good citizens who are trustworthy, responsible, and caring. The character traits and personal skills reflect positive beliefs, attitudes, and mindsets; provide opportunities for self-reflection; and permit students to apply effective strategies to make decisions, solve problems, and behave responsibly.”

“The standards for positive character traits and personal skills are comprised of four strands: trustworthiness, responsibility, caring, and citizenship. Each strand consists of the following character traits and personal skills.

(A) Trustworthiness: honesty, integrity, loyalty, punctuality, and reliability.
(B) Responsibility: accountability, diligence, perseverance, self-control, and self-management.
(C) Caring: interpersonal skills, including charity, compassion, consideration, cooperation, empathy, generosity, kindness, and patience.
(D) Good citizenship: having concern for the common good and the community; having respect for authority, law, justice, and the rights of others; being free from prejudice; having gratitude and school pride; being courteous, fair, and patriotic; and making responsible decisions.”

The week helps schools to promote those core ethical values wisely.

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to review the 4th Annual Texas Character Education Week Schedule At-A-Glance

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