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 […]
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 […]
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 one of three districts in the country to receive CEP’s […]
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, […]
San Bernardino is just 60 miles east of Los Angeles, but it seems a world away from Hollywood glamour and glitz. With a 15% unemployment rate and an average household income of less than $21,000 annually, it’s the poorest city of its population size in California. An estimated 40% of its residents receive public assistance. In 2012, […]
When art, literacy and character collide, the writing’s on the wall. Muralist Kathy Hammond painted the Six Pillars of Character and their supporting values on a wall in the “Character Court” at Westwood-Bales Elementary School in Friendswood, Texas. Nice work!
Every day about 2,000 people visit CharacterCounts.org, but our traffic is bound to accelerate this Sunday, when CHARACTER COUNTS! makes 160 laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That’s right — NASCAR driver Brett Moffitt will be racing at the Brickyard 400, covering those 400 miles with “CHARACTER COUNTS!” emblazoned prominently on his #66 Toyota and on […]
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 […]
Happy Birthday, America! Congratulations on 238 years of life as a nation conceived with the ideals of liberty and justice for all. Those ideals are captured in our Six Pillars of Character, and it’s fitting on this anniversary of our nation’s birth that we begin a renewed focus on the Six Pillars with a program […]
In-service season is here, so it’s time to plan a professional development workshop where we come to you and help provide solutions to whatever challenges face your school or organization.