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Voices Literature and Character Education (Voices LACE)
Character Education

Voices Literature and Character Education Program was found to have no discernible effects on middle school students’ knowledge, attitudes, and values.

Voices Literature and Character Education Program (Voices LACE; formerly known as Voices of Love and Freedom and Literacy and Values) is a K–12 program that aims to promote positive character and citizenship values, literacy skills, and social skills. The program curriculum can be used over any length of time. During classroom lessons, students read books about issues such as ethnic discrimination, fighting, or bullying, and elaborate on central themes through role-playing and discussions practiced in school and at home. Emphasis is given to promoting caring relationships between teachers and students and among students, and to connecting the values taught to students’ personal stories. Voices LACE may also be implemented as a schoolwide improvement program. Optional components of the program include schoolwide events and restructuring of school organization and practices (establishing student assemblies and creating small learning communities), parental involvement (home visits and family nights), and community support (joint campaigns with supporting organizations and business).


study that met standards out of
eligible studies reviewed
Effectiveness Rating Grades Evidence Tier
Knowledge, attitudes, & values No discernible effects 6-7

Last Updated: September 2006


Other or unknown


Male: 50%
Female: 50%

Delivery Method

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Whole Class


Note: This summary only includes data from studies that reported sample information. The Intervention Report may include evidence from other studies that met standards, but did not report sample information.

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This intervention report was prepared for the WWC by American Institutes for Research under contract ED-02-CO-0022.

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