Lower School News & Stories
Describing Riverdale as "at the forefront of the U.S. debate on character," the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham has published a documentary that shows how character education is evolving at schools in the U.K. and U.S.
Riverdale emphasizes seven character strengths: grit, optimism, self-control, curiosity, zest, gratitude, and social intelligence. The school believes these qualities can be developed, and that they contribute to success in learning and life.
The film shows how Riverdale's Lower School students understand character as an aspect of their school experience, and how the school's extra-curricular activities in the Middle and Upper Schools provide opportunities for the development of resilience, confidence, and creative thinking. You can watch the excerpt featuring Riverdale here.
Randolph is the co-founder of Character Lab, a nonprofit based at the University of Pennsylvania that is devoted to developing, disseminating, and supporting research-based approaches to character. Working with the design firm IDEO, Riverdale also created the Design-Thinking Toolkit For Educators. This year, Riverdale and IDEO are piloting two initiatives: The Teachers Guild, a collaborative effort to promote professional development and classroom innovation; and the Purpose Project, an app that helps students reflect on experiences and find purpose.
Click here to watch A Question of Character in its entirety.
To read more about Randolph's leadership at Riverdale, click here.