What does it take to be a change-maker in our society? How do self-made men and women move forward in life and create opportunities for themselves?
Social scientists think the answer may lie in "character" — attributes such as optimism, honesty, grit, and social intelligence that help people overcome difficulty, adapt to change, and participate meaningfully in groups.
Led by Head of School Dominic A. A. Randolph, Riverdale has been at the forefront of a movement that is examining the importance of character strengths to academic and personal success. Randolph and more than a dozen leaders in psychology, education, economics, and public policy contributed essays to the Character and Opportunity project published by the Center on Children and Families at the Brookings Institute. Along with Angela Duckworth, a psychologist and 2013 MacArthur Fellow known for her research on grit, and Dave Levin, a Riverdale alumnus and co-founder of the KIPP public schools, Randolph co-founded Character Lab to promote research-based approaches to character development and support innovative work in schools.
Riverdale's curricular and co-curricular programs are designed to strengthen character skills through challenging and engaging academic work, mentoring relationships that build self-awareness and respect for the ideas and needs of others, and opportunities for exploration and community service to help students find how they can make a difference in the world.
Transform lives through the science of teaching character skills.
Join the movement with Character Lab co-founders David Levin '88, co-founder of KIPP, Riverdale Head of School Dominic Randolph, and U. Penn professor Angela Duckworth.