Making School Like Home Sweet Home: A Counselor’s Journey in Character Education

As we draw closer to the Character Education Partnership’s annual conference (Oct. 30 – Nov. 2 in Washington, D.C.), we’re featuring guest posts from educators who represent a CEP-designated National School of Character. In today’s post, Barbara Gruener, Counselor and Character Coach at Westwood-Bales Elementary in Friendswood, Texas, looks back on her journey as a character-education advocate. Barbara […]

The Kindness Clause

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 […]

The Power of the Pillars

I’ve worked as a school counselor and character coach at Westwood-Bales in Friendswood for a dozen years now. Enough years so that my first class of first graders is graduating from high school this month, and that’s prompted a lot of reflective thinking.

Sharing Good News

Extra, extra, read all about it! Good News Nelson by Jodi Moore will be released by Story Pie Press and heading to a bookstore near you in early December 2012, and that’s good news! Why is that good news, you ask?

Pinwheels for Peace

International Day of Peace is just around the corner; what will you and your peacemakers be doing to celebrate September 21, 2012? At Westwood-Bales Elementary, the Art and Music teachers are working with the counselor (that’s me!) to collectively pull off Whirled Peace. Pinwheels For Peace, that is.