America’s founders believed that character education should play a key role in the nation’s school system. As John Adams acknowledged when he drafted the Massachusetts Constitution: “Wisdom and knowledge, as well as virtue” were “necessary for the preservation of […] rights and liberties.”

More than any other event in recent history, the coronavirus pandemic has raised questions about the state of the American education system. Institutions from the top, down—universities, high schools, daycares and others—have grappled with the challenges of educating virtually, designing new curricula, altering their pedagogic approaches and responding to individual student needs more than in the past. However, the pandemic has also created an opportunity for educators and educational institutions to examine the flaws within the current systems and potential areas for improvement and innovation.

That is why this month the R Street Institute will release its “Character Education Series,” a collection of five case studies that highlight particular programs around the country that are finding unique ways to fuse character education into their curricula and pedagogies.

Beginning today, the five studies featured in the series include: