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

[This post comes to us from one of our favorite educators and authors: Barbara Gruener, a counselor and character coach at Westwood-Bales Elementary School in Friendswood, Texas. Check out her blog, The Corner on Character, and order her new book, What’s Under Your Cape? Superheroes of the Character Kind, in our online store.] A song that comes to […]

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 […]

Campus-wide Character: How Hinsdale Developed a Six-Pillar Culture

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 journey to becoming a National School of Character.  Before becoming […]

North Pointe Elementary’s Character Journey

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 Houston, Texas, discusses the importance of her school’s character education […]

Countdown to #Character2014

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 more about the CEP conference and save your spot […]