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The fourth and final wheel of success focuses on a positive culture which consists of five components. School Climate outcomes embodied in the climate dimension of the CHARACTER COUNTS! 5.0 Student Development Workshop (SDW) addresses all essential dimensions of the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) program. The objective of this aspect...

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....

Guest blogger and Elementary School Counselor Lauren Gentry shares some wonderful ideas for how to celebrate the upcoming National CHARACTER COUNTS! Week (Oct. 21-27) in the classroom, plus some other great suggestions for celebrating character all year long with students....

Visitors to the Washington Monument were greeted with an unusual display this past week – 857 empty school desks aligned right in front of the Monument. The desks were placed there as part of the College Board’s “Don’t Forget Ed” campaign and represented the 857...

The most effective way to combat bullying is to prevent it in the first place. But what if the problem has already infected a school or youth center? Have the adults at your organization ever made a concerted effort to determine how much bullying goes...

In his new book, education expert Samuel Casey Carter examines 12 public and charter schools "where confident children joyfully strive to accomplish worthy goals in concert with their friends." Carter specifically applauds the CHARACTER COUNTS! program at Hinsdale Central High School in suburban Chicago....

Now the focus is on "value-added ratings," which estimate a teacher's effectiveness based on students' standardized test scores. What do you think? What is the value of value-added?...