Category: CCSR

Project Assistant Needed: KFF Educational Leadership and Character Development

August 17th, 2019 in CCSR

With generous support from the Kern Family Foundation, Boston University and theLifeCompass Institute for Character and Leadership are excited to host three national convenings to build systemic capacity within educational leadership programs to integrate and assess character education.

Over the course of the next 12 months, teams from educational leadership programs and character education experts will come together to focus, develop, and iterate on measures to assess the impact of their work as part of a Network Improvement Community (NIC) focused on the integration and assessment of character education in educational leadership programs. During and between convenings, network members will engage in improvement science methodology to develop and effectively implement site-specific program goals and facilitate cooperation across programs.

We are seeking a project assistant who can support the planning and running of the convenings and the NIC. Duties will include, but not limited to, event planning and implementation, literature reviews and report writing. This assistantship will start in August and last through to the end of June 2020. The time will be 15 hours a week (on average) and will pay $15 an hour. It is possible to split this position between two people with one focusing on the event management and the other on the research support. If you are interested in learning more about this position, please reach out to Hardin Coleman through email at If you are interested in applying to the position, please submit, by email, a short cover letter and resume to Ariel Tichnor-Wagner at

CCSR Director Ellenwood Attends National Forum of the Character Education Partnership

November 6th, 2013 in CCSR

Center for Character and Social Responsibility Director Steve Ellenwood participated in the 20th Annual National Forum of the Character Education Partnership held in Washington,D.C. October 24th-27th.

The National Forum featured distinguished journalist David Brooks. Brooks provided the keynote address, highlighting the educational power of biographies, particularly the importance of humility as a "key ingredient of good character."

Ellenwood also met with Dr. Maurice Elias, who received the 2013 Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education. Dr. Elias was the keynote speaker at the CCSR Workshop in SED held in January 2013.

Ellenwood states: "I benefitted from participating in several sessions and also led a session attended by 31 educators on Literature as a Path to Good Character and Better Decisions."

CCSR Hosts Guests from Reitaku University for 2013 Kevin Ryan Symposium

October 8th, 2013 in CCSR, Symposium

We are pleased to report that the relationship between Reitaku University, Japan and Boston University’s Center for Character and Social Responsibility will now continue beyond the publication of Happiness and Virtue Beyond East and West. This September 24 - 26, 2013, we were reunited to collaborate on developing a cross-cultural understanding of the power of service learning for educators.

At the School of Education Symposium on September 26th, President of Reitaku University, Osamu Nakayama, along with Professor Shujiro Mizuno, Professor Peter Luff and Reitaku University alumnus, Norikazu Furukama presented their insights about anticipated challenges as they expand their emphasis on refining the character and moral decisions of students. Professor Steve Ellenwood, faculty director of the Boston University’s SED Center for Character and Social Responsibility, outlined the School of Education’s vision to incorporate a three-component service learning requirement for all undergraduates. This was followed by respondents, Professor Phillip Tate and Professor Joel Scott, who synthesized the perspectives of American education with their knowledge of Japanese education to our diverse audience of students and educators in both the K – 12 sector and higher education.

Below are photos from the Symposium.

Dr. Ellenwood’s CEP Proposal Selected for National Forum on Character Education

April 18th, 2013 in CCSR

Dr. Stephen Ellenwood, Director of the Center for Character and Social Responsibility, has been selected as a speaker for a breakout session at the Character Education Partnership's (CEP) 2013 National Forum on Character Education - Educating for Character at Home, In School, and In Communities. Dr. Ellenwood's breakout session will focus on his written proposal - Literature as a Path to Good Character and Better Decisions. The Forum will be held in Washington, D.C. from October 24 to 27, 2013.

CEP's 2013 National Forum aims to bring together educational professionals and leaders to "focus on school safety, character education and the [National] Common Core, assessment, leadership and community involvement," and more. Forum members will be able to learn about and discuss strategies, solutions, and frameworks for the important issues facing schools in the United States.

CEP is a national nonprofit association based in Washington, D.C. that advocates for character education. CEP is a "coalition of organizations and individuals committed to fostering effective character education" in US schools.