What’s in a Hero?

Guest post by Sonia Lowman Are you a by-stander or an up-stander? Can you stand up for what’s right, even when it’s not easy or popular? How do we, together, learn to respect differences and reach out to those in need? These are the kinds of questions that we at the Lowell Milken Center (LMC) […]

It’s National School Counseling Week!

Have you thanked a school counselor this week? The American School Counselor Association (ASCA) has set aside February 2-6 this year as National School Counseling Week. The idea is to create awareness of the services that school counselors provide to your school family. Here’s how the ASCA website puts it: National School Counseling Week 2015, “Celebrate School […]

Show the White House Your Character(s)

It’s the second annual White House Student Film Festival! And it’s open to U.S. students, grades K-12. This year’s theme — The Impact of Giving Back — is perfect for your CHARACTER COUNTS! program. The White House says it’s looking for videos that “tell a story about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a […]

A Few of My Favorite Things

A song that comes to mind as I watch people exchanging not only gifts but pleasantries this time of year is My Favorite Things, beautifully sung by the talented Julie Andrews in the movie The Sound Of Music. But as I reflect on my personal favorite things, the Art Buchwold adage — “The best things in […]

Six Ways to Warm Your World With Kindness

Tomorrow — November 13 — is World Kindness Day. To help you get in the spirit, we’re posting a list of six ways you can show kindness. Learn about the day, and get more ideas, on the website of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. This list is excerpted from Barbara Gruener’s keynote address to […]

CHARACTER COUNTS! Around the World

In the weeks leading up to the Character Education Partnership’s annual conference (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.), we have been looking at exemplary character education programs at schools around the United States. In today’s post, senior CHARACTER COUNTS! trainer Dr. Gary Smit shows how people outside the 50 states have embraced CC!. Gary has played […]