Arizona Teacher Talks About How CHARACTER COUNTS! Works

Best Practices in Character Education: Q & A With Teacher James Sye In his latest blog post, CHARACTER COUNTS! Director Jeff McMurdy spotlights a few exemplary educators who are doing great things with CHARACTER COUNTS!. James Sye, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at La Paloma Academy in Tucson, Arizona, was one of them. We asked him to share his perspective and a […]

Barbara Gruener’s New Book for Character Educators

Regular readers of this blog know Barbara Gruener, the school counselor in Texas who writes monthly installments for us, in addition to maintaining her own blog, The Corner On Character. We’re pleased to announce the publication of her new book, What’s Under Your Cape? Superheroes of the Character Kind, which is available in our online store, her […]

From the Director’s Chair…

What makes a town, city, county, region or state a “community of character”? This week I spoke with teachers, principals and others who interact with young people every day. All of these educators share the belief that no matter how good your school is, no school can completely succeed in educating students and preparing them […]

Poll: Philadelphia Educators Charged in Cheating Scandal

Last week, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed multiple felony charged against four elementary school teachers and a principal for their alleged roles in cheating on state exams. The charges — which include perjury, tampering with public records, forgery and criminal conspiracy — stem from allegations of changing student answers, providing answers to students and reviewing the test questions before handing out […]

From the Director’s Chair…

This is Teacher Appreciation Week, and my message is a simple one: Thank you to teachers, counselors, coaches, administrators and anyone who impacts a child’s life daily. An extra special thanks to those who do that using the Six Pillars of Character and the CHARACTER COUNTS! program. We conservatively estimate that more than 10,000 educators and […]

Iowans Get Pumped Up for the Six Pillars

On Tuesday, more than 7,000 kids in Des Moines danced, jumped and kicked their character into high gear at the annual Exercising Your Character event. The raucous rally — sponsored by CHARACTER COUNTS! in Iowa in partnership with Hy-Vee, Inc. and the Iowa Sports Foundation — brought together fourth- and fifth-grade students in a celebration of physical […]

From the Director’s Chair …

In the nearly two years that I have had the privilege of being the National Director of CHARACTER COUNTS!, rarely a day goes by when someone doesn’t ask me: What is CHARACTER COUNTS!? In nearly every case, I first respond with what we are NOT. CHARACTER COUNTS! is NOT a curriculum, an add-on, an out of-the-box […]