Character Matters

with Emmanuel M. Rentoy



DURATION 2 hours
COURSE TYPE Self-paced
CATEGORY Teacher Development

This course is designed to help teachers develop a mindset of being able to teach for character, which is what every good educator tries to do. The concrete strategies and methods discussed are only meant to drive home the point that whatever subject a teacher is handling, character formation can and must take place inside the classroom.

The introduction aims to make the teacher realize the nobility of the teaching profession, and the urgency of character formation, considering the technocentric/digital lifestyles of the young students. Once these principles are established, the teacher is then given concrete strategies and practical methods to use inside the classroom (or online) to form character, develop virtues, and foster the students' values. Ultimately, these strategies will help the students develop a certain mindset, culture, and identity perfectly consistent with whatever the school's core values are.

What you'll get

  • Exclusive access to learning materials 
  • Exclusive access to assignments, activities, and forums 
  • Course Assessments

At the end of course, you will be able to

  1. Make concrete realizations of the teaching profession's nobility and teachers' role in character formation. 
  2. Learn what types of crises children nowadays experience as they get more exposed to the digital world and how these impact the formation or deformation of their character
  3. Adapt ways on how to help our young generation practice digital detoxification. 
  4. Help the teachers develop a mindset of being able to teach for character
  5. Learn effective ways on how to raise moral kids.

Who should take this course

  • Teachers and Administrators in charge of forming teachers
  • Parents and Teachers of Homeschooling students
  • Specially Class Advisers and Guidance Officers

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Emmanuel M. Rentoy
Executive Director
Center for the 4th & 5th Rs Asia

He is Character.Org’s first-ever recipient of the “International Champion for Character” award, a recognition given to an institution or individual who has demonstrated a sustained commitment to character development beyond the United States. The award was given last September 13, 2022.

He is a lecturer at the University of Asia and the Pacific (UA&P) and has taught for over 30 years. 

He graduated from the University of Santo Tomas (UST), earning a double degree in AB Journalism and AB Literature, an MA in Creative Writing, and a Ph.D. in Literature. 

He was the Founding Executive Director of Westbridge School in Iloilo City. He was in the first batch of graduates of PAREF Southridge School, where he also taught for 15 years, occupying various posts, including Principal of Intermediate School, Vice-Principal of High School, and Department Head of Religion. As Moderator of “The Ridge”, the official publication of Southridge, he won 9 trophies from the Catholic Mass Media Awards, including the first-ever Hall of Fame for Student Publication, for winning as the best campus paper in the country for four consecutive years.

He is the Founding Executive Director of “Character Education Partnership Philippines”, or CEP Philippines, an international affiliate of CEP in Washington, DC, USA. As Founder of CEP Philippines, he has been invited to speak all over the country, as well as in Washington D.C., San Diego, California, USA, Colombo, Sri Lanka, and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He also serves as the Founding President of the Center for 4th and 5th Rs (Respect & Responsibility) Asia, otherwise known as the Thomas Lickona Institute for Asia. He is probably the most visible advocate of character formation in the country, having spoken to hundreds of schools and universities around the Philippines.