HISTORY OF THE ORGANIZATION
The Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson
University (previously called Maryland Center for Character Education
(MCCE), before that Maryland Center for Values Education) grew out of
a concern about ethics and values in the Baltimore business community.
The Baltimore Region Council of Governments sponsored in 1990 a conference
called Workforce 2000. Five task groups were formed as a result of the
conference. The Task Group on Community Values was charged with determining
the significance of values and ethics in the workplace. The group was
asked to identify the needs and the means for addressing them and concluded
Values in the work place have a profound
influence on the quality of product and the services, as well as on
the quality of life, of a community. A workforce influencing and influenced
by positive values can provide the impetus for an economically and socially
vibrant community-one that becomes nationally, as well as internationally,
recognized for integrity, quality, and vision.
One of the Task Group's twelve recommendations
was entitled "Encouraging Values Education", which stipulated
that the region should establish and interface with a Center for Values
Education designed to enhance the teaching and modeling of values in
elementary and secondary schools, as well as in teacher education programs.
After two years of study by a group
of educators, business leaders, and community activists, the Center
was established, holding its first official meeting in July, 1992. Soon
the work of the Center expanded beyond the Baltimore Region to the State
Strong ties with the public school systems
of Maryland were established through membership on the Board of Directors
and through various programs developed by the Center. The Maryland State
Department of Education's Office of Character Education has played a
significant role in the organization, as have the Archdiocese of Maryland
and the independent schools of Maryland.
Maryland Center for Character Education Played Key
Role in Achieving Million Dollar Grant
Maryland received one of only four awards
given nationally by the U. S. Department of Education's Fund for the
Improvement of Education Partnership in Character Education MSDE, and
the public schools in Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Calvert County,
Fredrick County, and Prince George's County were partners in this grant.
In 1983, Maryland's Values Education
Commission defined character and citizenship goals which Marylanders
wanted to see fostered in schools. Since then, the state's twenty-four
local school systems have been working to integrate character education
into the curriculum.
The five initial school systems designed
a range of approaches to meet children's character education needs.
This pilot program was designed to allow school systems to network and
share ideas to find out what works best in different communities. Each
of the participating local school systems developed its own model character
education program based on parent, teacher, and school administration
The goal of the "Maryland's Partnership"
in Character Education and MSDE incentives is to create a safe and orderly
school environment for students by teaching values like caring, civic
virtue and citizenship, justice and fairness, respect, responsibility,
trustworthiness, and other elements deemed appropriate by the local
The Maryland Center for Character Education
played a key role in the development of this grant proposal. Phyllis
Bailey, a past president of the Maryland Center for Character Education,
was lent by the Baltimore County School system to the MSDE to create
the successful grant proposal.
MSDE provided technical and professional
assistance to the local school systems in the areas of curriculum development
training, networking, and communicating with the community. The total
grant award was $958,027.00, which was distributed over a four-year
Maryland Center for Character Education Partners with Stevenson University
new name is:
Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson
Stevenson, MD - On Thursday, November
5, 2009, the Maryland Center for Character Education (MCCE) joined the
School of Education at Stevenson University in founding the new Maryland
Center for Character Education at Stevenson University. Through this
partnership, the University’s School of Education will work with
MCCE to integrate character education training into its teacher education
curriculum while also providing outreach and training, onsite and online,
to primary and secondary schools throughout the state that are seeking
to implement character education programs. Deborah Kraft, Interim Dean
of the School of Education, joined Dig DeGarmo, President of MCCE, at
the November 5 announcement.
Established in 1992, MCCE provides resources to schools, businesses,
and community organizations promoting character education and development.
MCCE’s primary efforts are focused on identifying and sharing
with schools throughout Maryland best practices and resources in character
"The Maryland Center for Character
Education at Stevenson University (MCCE@SU) is dedicated to making a
difference in the ethical lives of individuals and the entire community
through education, example, and action,” Kraft said. “The
Center will encourage teachers and administrators in both public and
private schools to teach, model, and reinforce character development
and ethical behavior.”
Stevenson University, known for its
distinctive career focus, is the third-largest independent university
in Maryland with more than 3,400 students pursuing bachelor’s,
master’s, and adult accelerated degrees at locations in Stevenson
and Owings Mills.
This website provides resources to schools, businesses, and community
organizations involved in and concerned with character education. Take
advantage of these resources to assist you in your character education
The new MCCE@SU remains an organization that relies entirely upon private
donations of individuals who are committed to building and supporting
communities of character. MCCE@SU efforts are focused primarily on identifying,
celebrating and sharing character-development "best practices"
of schools throughout the state of Maryland. Through its efforts, MCCE@SU
raises awareness of and serves as a clearinghouse of information for
the character development upon which the advancement of our local, regional,
and national communities depend. Such initiatives require financial
Each year the Maryland Center for Character Education at Stevenson University
holds an annual Awards Program to honor schools throughout MD who have
instituted, developed, and are continuing comprehensive character education
initiatives in their school communities. It is a goal of MCCE@SU to
promote Character Education throughout the state of Maryland. We encourage
every school throughout the state that has developed a comprehensive
character education program to apply for this prestigious award. Our
goal is to encourage all schools that have a character education program
to apply for recognition of “MCCE@SU Best Practices School of
the Year” award.
For more information about applying
for our award contact Linda Muska at MCCEcharacter@aol.com.
Please help us to continue our effort to strengthen character development
throughout the state of Maryland. Your tax deductible donation will
make a significant difference in supporting Character Education within
our schools and communities. We are grateful for your generous contribution.
for Character Education at Stevenson
School of Education
Stevenson, MD 21153-0641