Guest post by Sonia Lowman Are you a by-stander or an up-stander? Can you stand up for what’s right, even when it’s not easy or popular? How do we, together, learn to respect differences and reach out to those in need? These are the kinds of questions that we at the Lowell Milken Center (LMC) […]
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 […]
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 […]
Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day with books that help young people learn about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s role in it.
Help students get organized while they learn about the Six Pillars of Character.
By Barbara Gruener “Today I’m thinking about something I heard 13 years ago when I attended a CHARACTER COUNTS! Character Development Seminar in Houston and was introduced to the Six Pillar framework. It went something like this: Think about what you want people to say at your funeral, then live life backward. It resonated with […]
As we at Westwood-Bales Elementary prepare for the 2013-2014 school year, we’re displaying a few of our newest titles in our Character Case. What books will you be reading during your first few weeks back in your character building?
This week we completed a monumental project: Critical Educational Outcomes: Model Standards for Academic, Social, Emotional, and Character Development.
In the wake of December’s tragic school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary, school safety has become a hot-button issue. Last week, the White House released a $150 million proposal which aims to help the nation avert gun violence and improve school safety.
If your character education initiative has made a difference, don’t keep it under wraps. Apply for the Character Education Partnership’s 2013 Promising Practices in Character Education, a national recognition program. Go ahead, let your bright light shine.