Character Lab

Character strengths are increasingly viewed as crucial to academic achievement and well-being. Character Lab is a US-based nonprofit organization founded in 2013 by Angela Duckworth (well-known for her work on grit) and two of her colleagues. The organization is built on the belief that, in order to thrive, young people require interpersonal, intrapersonal, and intellectual character strengths.

Character Lab co-designs and implements relevant school-based research, translates research insights into educational tools and approaches, and creates new measures of character strengths. One of these measures, the Character Growth Card, helps to "capture different perspectives of a student’s character strengths" and is designed to be "a conversation starter and can be used at different milestones throughout the school year."

See also: Solving an Age-Old Riddle: Why Do Some Students Succeed?


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