The Compass Advantage Framework
Explore The Compass
The Compass Advantage framework is designed to foster the development of a child’s mind, body, heart, and spirit. Created by researcher and developmental psychologist, Marilyn Price-Mitchell, Ph.D., eight core attributes form an internal compass that helps kids become pilots of their own lives. Nurtured by parents, teachers, and mentors, research suggests these competencies are the drivers of school, career, and life success. Hover over a compass point to see more information. Discover resources to help grow the compass abilities in your home, school, and community or take a free survey to explore these attributes in yourself or a child. Read why human development is essential to thriving and how the compass framework and our surveys are informed by decades of research.
Ability to recognize, feel, and respond to the needs and suffering of others.
Ability to act in ways consistent with the values, beliefs, and moral principles we claim to hold.
Ability to produce and communicate original ideas and to appreciate the nature of beauty.
Ability to seek and acquire new knowledge, skills, and ways of understanding the world.
Love of Learning
Ability to meet and overcome challenges in ways that maintain or promote well-being.
Ability to examine and understand who we are relative to the world around us.
Belief in Self
Ability to find and use available resources to achieve goals, problem-solve, and shape the future.