As part of the Center’s remit to make a real contribution to progress in the moral life and learning of American people, work started on the Leadership for Character project in January 2020. Funded by the Kern Family Foundation and the Superintendent’s Academy, LFC involves working with educational leaders in Alabama to develop virtue-based character education approaches, especially as related to principals and superintendents, both aspiring and existing. This involves enhancing various provisions at the University such as the Superintendent’s Academy and the MA in Educational Leadership, together with professional development delivered in partnership with School Superintendent Association (SSA) and Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS).
LFC spans the Departments of Educational Leadership and Educational Studies.
The core purpose of the LFC project is: to cultivate among educational leaders a level of professional practical wisdom that will give them the vision, knowledge, fortitude and skill to create and maintain ‘just communities’ in schools whereby the cultivation of students characters is the most important aim, achieved through human relationships together with direct and indirect methods of ‘teaching’ and reflection.