How Do We Make Caring Commonplace?

By Barbara Gruener Early last week, a recent report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education caught my eye. “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Message Adults Are Sending About Values” reported that most young people in a recent survey said their parents and teachers rank achievement and happiness over caring for others. I immediately thought of my friend Sheila Sjolseth. She’s […]

What Do You Think of KIPP-Style Character Development?

As a recent article in the New Republic points out, teaching kids “performance character” qualities like grit, optimism and social intelligence is all the rage. The increasingly popular Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a leading proponent of this “new character education.” Teachers at KIPP charter schools even issue a regular Character Growth Card to assess students in […]

Arizona Teacher Talks About How CHARACTER COUNTS! Works

Best Practices in Character Education: Q & A With Teacher James Sye In his latest blog post, CHARACTER COUNTS! Director Jeff McMurdy spotlights a few exemplary educators who are doing great things with CHARACTER COUNTS!. James Sye, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at La Paloma Academy in Tucson, Arizona, was one of them. We asked him to share his perspective and a […]

Barbara Gruener’s New Book for Character Educators

Regular readers of this blog know Barbara Gruener, the school counselor in Texas who writes monthly installments for us, in addition to maintaining her own blog, The Corner On Character. We’re pleased to announce the publication of her new book, What’s Under Your Cape? Superheroes of the Character Kind, which is available in our online store, her […]