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Character Education Programs for Middle and High Schools

Rather than reducing character education lesson plans to simple platitudes or drawing it out in extensive lectures, Habitudes: The Art of Self-Leadership teaches character development in a way that is fresh, relevant and engaging for today’s young adults.

Practical Character Education Lessons

Our character and leadership curriculum uses memorable imagery, real-life stories and practical experiences to instill long-lasting character qualities in students, such as integrity, emotional security, self-discipline, determination, and initiative. The research-based approach to this flexible, proven character education program empowers young adults to choose the core values of their lives and spark change in their school’s culture.

Students across the world have used our character development program to better themselves and educators have found that Habitudes creates margin in their busy day when used in advisement periods, character education classes and academic settings.

Our Character Development Curriculum Helps Middle and High School Students:

  • Develop habits of self-discipline and initiative
  • Implement time management skills to do what really counts
  • Plan for personal growth outside the classroom
  • Identify their unique strengths and passions for a healthy self-image
  • Build strong character based on integrity and emotional security
  • Choose their own core values
  • And many more self-leadership habits

How Our Character Education Curriculum Works

Each of our character education lessons contains a Habitude image that introduces young adults to powerful leadership principles rooted in real life, sparking conversations with facilitators that lead to memorable experiences. These unique and transformative encounters are a part of an ongoing process that builds the leadership habits and attitudes that are essential to character education for middle school and high school students.

This simple approach to teaching character and leadership, outlined below, stems from our research-based principle that people learn better through circles of image-based learning and discussion than by simply sitting and listening in rows.

What's Included in Habitudes

Flexible Lesson Plans

Teaching Videos

Customizable Slide Decks

Group Activities


Student Workbooks


Habitudes has it all. It has the implementation of why we’re doing this and the why behind “you should have integrity.” We found something that the kids are hooked on immediately.

Julie Diaz

Principal of Travis High School

We are seeing students from all demographics engage in the Habitudes lessons and having conversations on how to prepare for their life ahead of them.

Billy Richardson

Asst. Principal, Kennesaw Mountain High School

One tangible outcome has been our hallways. I have seen more kids hold a door for those behind them. One kid asked me how I was doing before I asked him how he was doing. Habitudes is making a difference.

Marc Feuerbach

Principal, Cartersville High School

One of the biggest things that Habitudes has helped with is preparing our students to be career and college ready upon graduation. Habitudes helped each student become a better person and have a big picture perspective. The benefit to teachers has been significant as well. They consistently tell me they are having more conversations with students that are meaningful and have impact. Habitudes has been a game changer.

Jason Lane

Principal, Mill Creek High School

Habitudes has changed our students and our program. I find my students are now intrinsically motivated to do what they need to, such as completing their homework and pushing in their chair. Parents say their kids love our class, and the parents even thank us for teaching Habitudes.

Jason G.

Middle School STEM Teacher

After starting Habitudes, I now have almost no external motivators. In addition to not having to keep motivating my students, their quality of work is far better and the students are happier.

Bryan Q.

Secondary School Teacher

We believe in creating a culture of growth, character, and knowledge, and we believe our students can own their own character. We are in the process of minimizing external behavior controls over students and maximizing the student’s decision-making ability through good strong character traits that they would reference prior to making decisions and actions. Habitudes is helping us accomplish this.

Sheila Grimes

Principal, Freedom Middle School

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Book #1 in the leadership journey — The Art of Self-Leadership — uses the power of images, conversations, and experiences to illustrate thirteen key principles on healthy character.