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 […]
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 […]
Are you ready for a CHARACTER COUNTS! Week celebration fit for a super hero? I know we are! Have you picked a theme yet? Ours is: Character Is Our Super Power, and it has us all revved up! What will weaving character into Red Ribbon Week and making it all about healthy choices look like at Westwood-Bales? I’m glad you asked!
It started with a planning meeting and an inquiry: What if we were to replace the dress-up days and collect a different item to support a local charitable organization each day?
Drastic reductions in public funding for summer school and summer job programs mean summer break is broke for thousands of kids across the country.
Pat Brisson’s Sometimes We Were Brave is tops among illustrated picture books for tackling the emotionally charged and extremely challenging issues that come with military service and sacrifice.
Because exercise boosts brainpower, students simply have to move to maximize their cognition. This month, Barbara Gruener explores ways you can infuse meaningful movement into your students’ day.
As Manager of Humane Education at the Arizona Humane Society in Phoenix, Dr. Kris Haley uses the Six Pillars of Character to teach kids about having empathy and compassion for animals – and each other. We love hearing about new applications for CHARACTER COUNTS!, so we asked Dr. Haley a few questions.
February 6th was Super Sunday, but it was also Souper Sunday for some 15,000 churches and community organizations dedicated to fighting hunger in the U.S.
For voters in this last election, effectively separating fact from fiction took a lot of critical thinking and civics knowledge. But how much civics knowledge does the average American voter actually have? If we look at the proficiency of our high school seniors, the answer is “Not enough.”