CharacterPlus inspires and empowers positive character development in young people by connecting with schools, families and communities to provide character education resources, processes and support. Founded by Sanford (Sandy) N. McDonnell, a leading advocate of character education, CharacterPlus has a 30-year history of partnering with schools committed to enriching the whole child. We provide the resources and training to create caring, high-achieving school environments where young people are inspired to become compassionate people of integrity who want to make a positive impact in the world.

Why is CharacterPlus unique?

  • CharacterPlus is the longest-running community-wide character education initiative in the country.

  • CharacterPlus is internationally recognized.

  • Our approach has proven to increase academic scores and student attendance, and decrease classroom disciplinary problems.

  • We partner with school leaders to design a framework that fits the unique needs of each school creating a sustainable long-lasting initiative.

  • We value on-going evaluation to ensure implementation success of initiatives.

  • Our character education program recognizes the involvement of staff, parents, community leaders… and students working together to effect positive change.

Our work reinforces the big picture: equipping youth as they transition into the next generation of leaders and decision makers. Our staff partners with schools to create a clear map for establishing and reaching their goals.

To learn more about CharacterPlus, to become a member, register for one of our workshops or donate your time, talent or treasures, contact us at 314.692.1252 or characterplus@edplus.org.