Making School Like Home Sweet Home: A Counselor’s Journey in Character Education

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 […]

Tri Sigma Essay Contest Focuses on Kindness

Kindness can change the world. That’s the theme of this year’s Sigma Sigma Sigma Sorority essay contest, which is held to coincide with Worldwide CHARACTER COUNTS! Week, October 19-25, 2014. The contest is open to any woman who is affiliated with a national sorority and enrolled full-time at a college or university. If that’s you, […]

Kindness Matters

Guest post by Jill McManigal I’ve always known that kindness matters. I’ve seen how a simple smile, a thoughtful note or a holding of the door can shift someone’s day. What I didn’t realize was how a collective kindness effort could transform an entire school. I am a former elementary school teacher, a mother of […]

Girls First — Boys Being Left Behind?

In a recent post on the University of San Diego’s blog, Edward DeRoche points out the widening academic gap between boys and girls: “Girls are reading better than boys … and the pattern is giving girls a life-long advantage. Boys are lagging behind girls on standardized reading tests in all 50 states. In Virginia and New Hampshire, middle school girls […]

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 […]