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...

As we draw closer to the Character Education Partnership’s annual conference (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.), we are featuring guest posts from educators who represent a CEP-designated National School of Character. In today’s post, Illinois educator Pam Bylsma looks back at Hinsdale Central High School's...

As we draw closer to the Character Education Partnership’s annual conference (Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.), we’re featuring guest posts from educators who represent a CEP-designated National School of Character. In today’s post, Principal Kelly Mooney of North Pointe Elementary School in...

As we draw closer to the Character Education Partnership’s annual conference (Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.), we’ve been featuring guest posts from educators who represent a CEP-designated National School of Character. In today’s post, we hear from CEP's leadership about the focus of this year's conference. Learn...

As we draw closer to the Character Education Partnership’s annual conference (Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.), we’re featuring guest posts from educators who represent a CEP-designated National School of Character. In today’s post, we look at the public school district of Orono, Minnesota, which was...

As we draw closer to the Character Education Partnership’s annual conference (Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.), we’re featuring guest posts from educators who represent a CEP-designated National School of Character. In today’s post, Barbara Gruener, Counselor and Character Coach at Westwood-Bales Elementary in Friendswood, Texas, looks back on her journey as a character-education advocate. Barbara is also the author of What's Under Your Cape? Superheroes of the Character Kind, which recently received a Mom's Choice Gold Award. (Learn more about the CEP conference and save your spot at www.character.org/2014forum.)
By Barbara Gruener I no longer have that bumper sticker I designed 13 years ago, but I remember it as if it were yesterday. I had left secondary education to work at the elementary level and I was attending a three-day Student Development Workshop (SDW) (formerly called CDS) to learn more about CHARACTER COUNTS!. The task was to create a bumper sticker to encapsulate our thoughts about the Six Pillars of Character. On my bumper sticker, I drew a picture of a house, followed by the word “sweet,” followed by another house. Home sweet home. I couldn’t help but think that character has to begin in the home, and I wasn’t sure what all of that had to do with me. Nor was I ready for how it would change my life as it

As we draw closer to the Character Education Partnership’s annual conference (Oct. 30 - Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.), we’re featuring guest posts from educators who represent a CEP-designated National School of Character. Kimmie Etheredge, Principal of Kay Granger Elementary School in Fort Worth, Texas, leads...

At the 20th annual National Forum on Character Education, held last month in Washington, D.C., the Character Education Partnership honored 29 National Schools of Character. I have the pleasure of working at an elementary school that received the NSOC distinction in 2009....

If your character education initiative has made a difference, don't keep it under wraps. Apply for the Character Education Partnership's 2013 Promising Practices in Character Education, a national recognition program. Go ahead, let your bright light shine....

We are pleased to announce the five winners of our CHARACTER COUNTS! Week 2012 online registration contest. These winners have been randomly selected to receive a $200 gift certificate toward CHARACTER COUNTS! support materials in our online store....