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 […]
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 […]
At the 20th annual National Forum on Character Education, held last month in Washington, D.C., the Character Education Partnership honored 29 National Schools of Character. I have the pleasure of working at an elementary school that received the NSOC distinction in 2009.
It’s almost that time again, time to join millions of other people worldwide for an amazing celebration of character. At Westwood-Bales, we set aside the third week in October to combine CC! Week with Red Ribbon Week and spotlight healthy habits and good character choices.
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?
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.
The wisdom of German writer, artist and politician Johann Wolfgang von Goethe has been on my mind a lot lately: If we treat people as they are, we make them worse. If we treat people as they ought to be, we help them become what they are capable of becoming.
Gratitude, my one little word, is on my heart and mind a lot these days, in part because I read a book over the winter break that suggests that we give thanks in all things. But is it possible to look for something to be grateful for in every situation?
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?
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.