Character Education Clearinghouse


The State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) and the Louisiana Department of Education have established this Character Education Clearinghouse in response to R.S. 17:282.2. BESE and the Louisiana Department of Education do not endorse particular programs or resources contained within this site.

LA State Legislation

House Bill 102, Revised Statutes 17:282.2
From the 1998 Regular Session of the Legislature, relative to Character Education

Bulletin 741

Policy Statement:
Approved by BESE on March 25, 1999, "Districts shall develop a character education philosophy and implementation plan consistent with locally developed curriculum."

Character Education Programs in Louisiana

Character Counts (4-H) - Presently being implemented or piloted in varying degrees in parish/city school districts

Character First - Municipal program adopted by the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana

Learning for Life - A character education program for K-12 students - This program is currently being used in public and private schools.

Louisiana Youth for Excellence - The Governor’s Abstinence Education Program, Louisiana Youth for Excellence (LYFE) was created to provide abstinence education and a positive youth development program to young people in Louisiana. The program is free of charge to all high schools and middle schools in Louisiana.

Quest: Skills for Growing and Skills for Adolescence

Manners of the Heart - A self-contained pre-K–5th grade character curriculum currently used in over 40 schools throughout the US, including  school adoptions in Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Florida. Manners of the Heart is designated as a Promising Program by CASEL.
Contact - 763 North Blvd., Baton Rouge, LA 70802, 225.383-3235

Random Acts of Kindness Program - Endorsed by proclamation of Governor Mike Foster
Contact - The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation, 1727 Tremont Place, Denver, Colorado 80202

Additional Character Website Links