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Raising Ethical Children and Teens is a Course

Raising Ethical Children and Teens

Mar 11 - Jun 10, 2019


Full course description

Course Date:

Mar 11 - Jun 10, 2019


11 weeks


1-2 hrs/week



Course Type:



Badge, Certificate (free)


The development of character virtues and moral reasoning skills impacts all aspects of young people’s lives, including academic success, mental and physical health, and social relationships. This course aims to promote understanding of the ethical issues that children and teens grapple with. It is appropriate for parents, counselors, tutors, and mentors, who need practical information about how to best promote ethical decision-making and behavior. The course focuses on the home environment as an important setting for building trust and support. Each module includes an overview of the ethical issues and practical ideas for action.

Modules will dive into topics that affect children and teens' everyday lives:

  • Ethical Development
  • The Moral Self
  • Moral Courage
  • Honesty
  • Responsible Internet Use
  • Cyberbullying
  • Resilience
  • Empathy
  • Literary Imagination
  • Self Regulation

No specific background or preparation is necessary.


Through participation in this course, participants will learn about:

  • The ethical challenges that children and teens face
  • Effective practices to support ethical reasoning
  • The role of parents and legal guardians in promoting children and teens’ ethical growth

Target Audience: This course was designed for parents and legal guardians, as well as educators and counselors working with families, and tutors or mentors who seek to promote social, emotional, and character development in young people.

Course is offered by The Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University.

Course Instructors

Yael Kidron

Yael Kidron

Director, Character Education

Yael Kidron is the director of Character Education, a program which provides workshops, summer institutes, resource guides, and lesson plans for formal and nonformal education settings. Kidron oversees the development of resources for educators, administrators, and parents interested in fostering the social skills, values, and well-being of young people from early childhood through emerging adulthood. Read More.

Kidron specializes in character education, social and emotional learning, child and adolescent development, and systemic efforts to promote supportive learning environments. Before coming to Santa Clara University, she was a principal researcher at American Institutes for Research, where she developed website content, conducted workshops and presentations, and provided technical assistance to school districts. Kidron coordinated the Character Education Topic Review for the What Works Clearinghouse, an initiative of the US Department of Education’s Institute of Education Sciences. She has also served as a project director and principal investigator on projects for the US Department of Education, as well as states, districts, and private foundations.

Kidron has authored and coauthored numerous reports, articles, and chapters in books about social and emotional learning, character education, and school climate. Previously, she was a visiting scholar at Stanford University. She holds a doctoral degree in psychology from the University of Haifa, Israel.

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