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 […]
Kick-Starting CHARACTER COUNTS! in Secondary Schools: You Can Do It! This week I visited a high school in Santa Barbara, California, to give them a presentation on CHARACTER COUNTS!. The staff committee I met with at Bishop Garcia Diego High School asked a question I deal with every day: How can we implement CC! in a […]
We recently posted an article about learning to drive and how the Six Pillars of Character can be used as guideposts along the way. Here’s a different take on driver’s ed: the Digital Driver’s License (DDL), a systematic approach to teaching digital citizenship and cyber-safety to young people. A recent article in The Journal, a technology education publication, describes the concept […]
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 […]
[This post comes to us from the positively climate-changing Barbara Gruener, a counselor and character coach at Westwood-Bales Elementary School in Friendswood, Texas. Check out her blog, The Corner on Character.] [UPDATE: Join Barbara on Twitter (#servechat) tomorrow (5/8/14) at 8:30 p.m. EST. She will be the guest expert in a chat on Creating a Climate of Kindness in Schools.] […]
When York Preparatory Academy in Rock Hill, South Carolina, hosts a Character Development Seminar on April 30 – May 2, participants will get to see what a successful CHARACTER COUNTS! program looks like. (Learn more and register now to save your spot.) Here’s an advanced look from the school’s teachers and staff, who were kind […]
Over the next few weeks, we will feature guest educators and technology leaders in our weekly character education chats. Join us every Thursday at 4:00 p.m. (Pacific).
Hats off to Pamela Bylsma, who has championed CHARACTER COUNTS! at Riverside Brookfield High School since she became its principal four years ago. Recognizing her achievements in character education, among other areas, the Hinsdale District 86 Board of Education recently named her assistant superintendent for academics. When Riverside Brookfield hosted a Character Development Seminar last November, Bylsma cited […]
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.