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Character Counts! National Office
Character Counts is a nationwide nonprofit initiative to support nonpartisan, nonsectarian character education. The Character Counts Coalition of educational and human-service organizations works to help young people develop the basics of good character: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring and citizenship.

Education Commission of the States
The Education Commission of the States (ECS) facilitates the exchange of information, ideas and experiences among state policymakers and education leaders. ECS gathers, analyzes and disseminates information about current and emerging issues, trends and innovations in state education policy. The extensive ECS website contains information designed to give a comprehensive picture of a wide variety of education topics, what states are doing on those topics, publications available and links to other websites.

Job Corps
Job Corps is the nation's largest and most comprehensive residential education and job training program for at-risk youth, ages 16 through 24.

National Association of Secondary School Principals
Organized in 1916, the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP) is a professional association dedicated to promoting excellance in school leadership. A variety of programs and services are offered to members and the NASSP website contains information on research, news, and scholl improvement issues. In addition, the NASSP Department of Student Activities (DSA) sponsors several major student and advisor organizations, including the National Honor Society, the National Junior Honor Society and the National Association of Student Councils. Information on Leadership training and resources for students is available on the website.

National Center for Education Statistics
NES is the primary federal entity for collecting and analyzing data that are related to education in the United States and other nations.

National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform
The U.S. Department of Education established the National Clearinghouse for Comprehensive School Reform (NCCSR) in 1999 in response to the expansion of school wide reform programs during the last decade. NCCSR disseminates information on planning, implementing, and evaluating school wide reform programs through a web site, reference and retrieval services, outreach, and publications. The Clearinghouse is funded by the Office of Educational Research and Improvement (OERI), which provides national leadership for educational research.

National Service-Learning Clearinghouse
The Learn and Serve America National Service-Learning Clearinghouse (NSLC) supports the service-learning community in higher education, kindergarten through grade twelve, community-based initiatives and tribal programs, as well as all others interested in strengthening schools and communities using service-learning techniques and methodologies.

National Youth Employment Coalition
Promising and Effective Practices Network (PEPNet)
The National Youth Employment Center is a non-partisan national organization dedicated to promoting policies and initiatives that help youth succeed in becoming lifelong learners, productive workers and self-sufficient citizens. NYEC shares information about youth policies and programs among practitioners, policy makers, researchers and advocates. NYEC also created and manages PEPNet, a practice-based system for identifying and promoting what works in youth employment and development.

North Central Regional Educational Laboratory
The North Central Regional Education Laboratory (NCREL) is dedicated to helping schools --and the students they serve-- reach their full potential. We draw on the latest research and best practices to strengthen and support schools and communities in order to make this goal a reality.

U.S. Department of Education
The Department's web site includes information on funding opportunities, student financial assistance, educational research and statistics, as well as access to national publications and reports related to education.

U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Youth Programs
Youth programs are administered by the U.S. Department of Labor and funded in State and local communities. This web site provides information and assistance about various youth employment and training activities authorized under the Workforce Investment Act of 1998 and up-to-date information about the Department's youth programs, initiatives and directives, legislation, and regulations.