Character Education


    Commitment to Character

    Commitment to Character, the Pinellas County Schools district model for character development, utilizes a common language, teachable moments, literature, service learning, and modeling to teach character in all curriculum areas. Rather than using a prescribed curriculum, the Commitment to Character model provides a menu of strategies that are infused through the everyday curriculum with an intentional, conscious focus. The goal of the program is to create a school culture that is saturated with respect, responsibility, honesty and other character qualities to prepare students for college, career and life.
    Contact Michelle Anderson, K-8 Social Studies Specialist, at or (727) 588-6102 for more information regarding Character Education. 



Month by Month Calendar

  • Respect*   
    August - Treating yourself and others with courtesy and consideration.

    September - Doing your best and taking ownership for your words and actions.

    October - Getting along with others and working together to accomplish a goal.

    November - Being law abiding and involved in service to school, community and country.

    December - Being nice and considerate toward others.

    January - Working in a careful and consistent manner without giving up.

    February - Respecting the individual differences, views, and beliefs of other people.

    March - Using truthful speech and behavior.

    April - Managing your emotions and choosing acceptable behavior.

    May - Being kind, friendly, considerate and willing to listen, give and share.

    June - Being brave in difficult situations, challenging yourself.

    July - Demonstrating allegiance to one’s country.

    *Beginning 2004-2005 Character Education, K-12, shall stress these character qualities. Florida School Code, Section 1003.42(2)(s).

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Florida School Code 1003.42(2)(s)

  • Character Education 

    (2) Members of the instructional staff of the public schools, subject to the rules of the State Board of Education and the district school board, shall teach efficiently and faithfully, using the books and materials required that meet the highest standards for professionalism and historic accuracy, following the prescribed courses of study, and employing approved methods of instruction, the following: 

    (s) A character-development program in the elementary schools, similar to Character First or Character Counts, which is secular in nature. Beginning in school year 2004-2005, the character-development program shall be required in kindergarten through grade 12. Each district school board shall develop or adopt a curriculum for the character-development program that shall be submitted to the department for approval. The character-development curriculum shall stress the qualities of patriotism; responsibility; citizenship; kindness; respect for authority, life, liberty, and personal property; honesty; charity; self-control; racial, ethnic, and religious tolerance; and cooperation.