Module 03: Character ENG 2018

taught by Dr. Mary E. Sanders & Eric B. Hamilton
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Dr. Mary E. Sanders & Eric B. Hamilton
Dr. Mary E. Sanders & Eric B. Hamilton
Senior Instructors

About the Instructor

Dr. Mary E. Sanders and Eric B. Hamilton have combined their strengths to develop a unique, research-based program for schools, teachers, and students to increase wellbeing and happiness. To create our curriculum, we have curated the findings of Dr. Martin Seligman, Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, Dr. Angela Duckworth, Dr. Sonja Lyubomirsky, Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD., among other leading positive psychology experts, into practical strategies that can be integrated into teachers’ personal lives, as well as their classrooms, enabling teachers and students to thrive.


Eric B. Hamilton is a veteran director for international schools around the world. Eric has spent his entire career enabling schools to be happier, more compassionate environments where both students and teachers thrive. His extensive experience in curriculum development and school leadership have enabled him and Mary to develop their courses using the most contemporary and research-based pedagogical methods.

Eric has over 25 years experience in education as a teacher and leader. He attended the University of Delaware where he earned his B.S. in elementary education and middle school math. Later, he completed the master’s program at the University of Colorado in curriculum and instruction. He has been a dedicated practitioner of mindfulness, meditation, and yoga for the past 10 years.


Dr. Mary E. Sanders has been involved in the world of positive psychology, health, and wellness for more than 20 years. With certifications from the Wholebeing Institute in Positive Psychology and as a Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) practitioner, she is highly qualified to lead teachers towards happier, more holistic classrooms.

Dr. Sanders attended Eastern Illinois University and earned her B.S. in zoology and chemistry. She then attended Logan College of Chiropractic to earn her doctorate in chiropractic. Dr. Sanders is a certified yoga Instructor and has been a mindfulness, meditation, and yoga practitioner of over 25 years.


Technical support:

Module 03: Character


Character is defined as, "the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual". Martin Seligman's research shows that effective character education can lead to higher levels of student well-being. There are researched based methods to teach character through direct instruction. In addition, the manner in which teachers provide feedback to students can directly affect how students learn character.

Essential Question:

Can teachers help mold a student's character?

Knowledges that you will develop on Module 3:

  • Understand the science of character education.
  • What are the 24 character strengths?
  • Strategies to integrated character into your classroom and your school.
  • What is an embedded lesson plan that includes character development?
  • Let’s celebrate character day!

Course Contents

12 Videos
4 Quizzes
10 Texts
3 Disqus