New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards:
Alignments with Character Education / Social Emotional Learning

The revised New Jersey Core Curriculum Content standards provide many new anchors for character education, social-emotional learning and community service. The following chart summarizes some of the opportunities for integrating character education into curriculum across all grade levels, focusing on three standards where the connections are most evident:
  • Comprehensive Health and Physical Education,
  • Social Studies and Career Education and
  • Consumer, Family and Life Skills.
(For detailed charts aligning character education in each of these content areas, click here.)

CONTENT AREA SUMMARY

COMPREHENSIVE HEALTH
AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION

SOCIAL STUDIES
CAREER EDUCATION, CONSUMER, FAMILY AND LIFE SKILLS
STANDARDS AND STRANDS

2.1 Wellness

F. Social & Emotional Health

6.2 Civics

A. Civic Life, Politics and Government
B. American Values and Principles
C. The Constitution and American Democracy
D. Citizenship

E. International Education: Global Challenges, Cultures, and Connections

9.2 Consumer, Family and Life Skills

A. Critical Thinking
B. Self-Management
C. Interpersonal Communication
D. Character Development and Ethics

2.2 Integrated Skills

A. Communication
B. Decision Making
C. Planning & Goal Setting
D. Character Development
E. Leadership, Advocacy & Service

2.4 Human Relationships & Sexuality

A. Relationships

But don't stop here! Character education can be infused throughout all curriculum standards; Language Arts Literacy is a common choice, but educators are also finding rich opportunities in the Visual and Performing Arts, Science and World Language Standards as well.

The complete New Jersey Core Curriculum Content standards are available on the NJDOE website at: http://www.state.nj.us/njded/cccs/.