#CharacterEdChat Returns to Twitter

Join us for the return of #CharacterEdChat in October! The Character Ed Chat is a great forum for educators to share best practices, key instructional strategies and experiences with others that helped improve school climate and/or create a community of character. Event Details: Host: @charactercounts Guest: Barbara Gruener, School Counselor, Author, Speaker, Trainer for CC! […]

Campus-wide Character: How Hinsdale Developed a Six-Pillar Culture

As we draw closer to the Character Education Partnership’s annual conference (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.), we are featuring guest posts from educators who represent a CEP-designated National School of Character. In today’s post, Illinois educator Pam Bylsma looks back at Hinsdale Central High School’s journey to becoming a National School of Character.  Before becoming […]

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 […]

Be a Climate Changer: Spread Kindness!

[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.] […]

Congrats to Illinois Principal Who Led Successful CC! Programs

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 […]

What Makes an Effective Principal?

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 […]