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?
“Recently, the public radio show This American Life aired its 500th episode, a roundup of staff favorites from over the years. One of the moments, from a 1996 broadcast of a show called “The Cruelty of Children,” was an interview that host Ira Glass conducted with a first-grader on a school bus in Chicago. The […]
This week we completed a monumental project: Critical Educational Outcomes: Model Standards for Academic, Social, Emotional, and Character Development.
CHARACTER COUNTS! 5.0 Student Development Workshops are coming to a city near you this summer! Our 3-day training strengthens the fabric of your entire school, organization, community or youth group. Now is the perfect time to get a head start on the upcoming year and send three or more members of your faculty to a training this […]
At CHARACTER COUNTS!, we’re constantly looking for new ways to help instill character in today’s youth and spread our message. One of the most important ways we do that is by making school principals aware of our programs. “Principals are the ones who must face the hardest challenges, such as figuring out ways to do more for their school […]
Placing police officers on school campuses is nothing new. But in response to the shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, and elsewhere, the idea is gaining traction. It’s also coming under fire by some youth advocates, judges and criminologists.
Recently, the Indiana Supreme Court rendered a much anticipated decision upholding the constitutionality of the state’s school choice voucher program.
A recent article from Wired.com examines the potential impact of the rise in use of Apple’s iPad in classrooms across the country.
A recent article in The New York Times takes a look at whether or not New York’s smaller public schools are more effective than their larger predecessors.