We condemn racist police violence. As educators and researchers, it is on us to demand change. 

Read statements from the American Education Research Association, the Society of Research on Child Development, and the Association for Moral Education.

Check out this article with recommendations for children's books that explain racism and protest.  

Moral Education in OUSD Middle-School History Classes

The DBME lab is currently working with history teacher leaders in the Oakland Unified School District in Oakland, California to implement original lessons that integrate concepts from moral development with academic content.  Teachers engaged in a collaborative lesson study process and observed each other in the classroom.  


The current work emerges from a successful collaboration with public middle school history teachers (Nucci, Creane & Powers, 2015) that led the Oakland, California school district to invite us to provide similar knowledge and skills to district designated “teacher leaders” at each of the district middle schools.  Participants in the project were 15 teachers from separate schools distributed across grades 6-8.  For more information, check out the video above!

About this Site

Moral education is becoming an increasingly popular topic in the fields of psychology and education. However, considerations of the role schools can and should play in the moral development of youth is the subject of controversy. Systematic research and scholarship on moral development has been going on for some time, and educators wishing to attend to issues of moral development and education may make use of what has been learned through that work. On this site you will find current research from a wide variety of sources on developmental approaches to Moral Education. The site emphasizes the work of DBME Scholars, but serves as a source for current work in Moral and Character Education.

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