Blue background with flag. Text reads: About Character Lab Our mission is to advance scientific insights that help kids thrive.

Who We Are

Character Lab is a nonprofit organization that connects researchers with educators to create greater knowledge about the conditions that lead to social, emotional, academic, and physical well-being for young people throughout the country.


What We Do

Character Lab Research Network makes school-based research fastfrictionless, and fruitful. Students and educators in our national consortium of innovative middle and high schools work closely with leading researchers on original studies that illuminate how to help kids thrive.

Character Lab bridges science and practice by making scientific evidence actionable for parents and educators. Character Lab develops strategic partnerships with media, publishers, curriculum creators, and technology providers to raise awareness about how kids thrive and create evidence-based resources.

Playbooks are research-based guides to cultivate strengths of heart, mind, and will. Each includes a curated set of resources, such as recommended curricula, videos, and books. Read more about Playbooks.


Tip of the Week is 60 seconds of actionable advice in the form of a personal letter written by leading scientists, including Angela Duckworth. Read the latest Tip of the Week.


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Our School Partners

We partner with districts and individual schools who are committed to the importance of character, SEL competencies, and life skills. Each district on our network works with a Character Lab contact who offers support and guidance as we collaborate to run research activities at their schools.

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