Five Tips for Teaching Core Values

The teaching of values sounds like something that should be done at home under the parents’ discretion, doesn’t it? Unfortunately, not all parents are doing this. This may be due to a number of reasons, so who is to take on this essential job? As teachers, if we focus solely on teaching academic content without … Continue reading “Five Tips for Teaching Core Values”

Every School…Safe, Supportive, Engaging, Inspiring: Peer mentoring promotes positive school climate and appreciation of diversity

“The 2016 election has been long and fraught with strong emotions. As a nation, we have much to do to heal the divisiveness that has resulted. As parents, caregivers, and educators, we have a critical responsibility to help children and youth feel safe and secure and learn how to engage with others of differing viewpoints … Continue reading “Every School…Safe, Supportive, Engaging, Inspiring: Peer mentoring promotes positive school climate and appreciation of diversity”

Digital Citizenship: Leading Us Into Character Education Version 2.0

Technological innovation moves so quickly that we often don’t have time to consider its unintended consequences. A result is that it’s difficult to respond to hot-button character-related issues like cyberbullying and sexting because they seem to appear out of nowhere. Our challenge is to find ways to teach our children how to navigate the ethics … Continue reading “Digital Citizenship: Leading Us Into Character Education Version 2.0”

Core Values Drive Everything!

Principle 1:  Promotes Core Ethical and Performance Values as the foundation of good character. “…the core values that underpin sustainable development – interdependence, empathy, equity, personal responsibility and intergenerational justice – are the only foundation upon which any viable vision of a better world can possibly be constructed.” -Jonathon Porritt

Defining Core Values refers to core values throughout the description of 11 Principles for Effective Character Education.  For definitional purposes, core values are considered to include a balance of moral and performance values.  Performance values define the qualities that lead to our best work, while moral values describe the values in support of our best social interactions.  … Continue reading “Defining Core Values”

Five Things You Can Do That Will Make You a Better Educator Right Now

By Philip Brown A recent article (July 20) in the Washington Post by parenting consultant Meghan Leahy entitled Five things you can do that will make you a better parent right now captured my attention because each of her five points are also sound recommendations for educators. I’ve reworked her five points – see if … Continue reading “Five Things You Can Do That Will Make You a Better Educator Right Now”

Infusing Character Into Everyday Teaching & Learning

by Dave Keller Outstanding educators consistently look for ways to infuse character lessons into everyday teaching and learning. When teachers do this consistently, students are far more likely to view character as an integral part of learning and life — rather than simply another “topic” to learn alongside reading, science, math and many others. … Continue reading “Infusing Character Into Everyday Teaching & Learning”

6 Key Ingredients for Powerful Service Learning

  by Sheril Morgan, Director, Schools of Character Entitlement.  Webster says the definition of entitlement is the feeling or belief that you deserve to be given something (such as special privileges). There have been many conversations about younger generations having a sense of entitlement these days. When parents ask their children to do something, it … Continue reading “6 Key Ingredients for Powerful Service Learning”

How Principle 1 Changed My High School Experience

by Rebecca Bauer During my freshman year of high school, my favorite teacher pulled me aside. She explained that she was assembling a committee to rewrite the school’s character expectations and she was hoping I would help. Having attended the Montclair Kimberley Academy since age 6, I’d been hearing about these expectations for nearly a decade. … Continue reading “How Principle 1 Changed My High School Experience”

Character Education—Comprehensive, Intentional and Proactive

By Becky Sipos  At Liberty Corner Elementary School (NJ), students know the focus is not only on academics, but also on how they are going to leave the school as a person. That focus apparently is working. Comments from the middle school say that “the Liberty Corner School kids are the most well-rounded, best kids … Continue reading “Character Education—Comprehensive, Intentional and Proactive”

The Magic of Camp

by Matthew Smith “Notes on Camp” is one of my favorites episodes of the NPR show This American Life. That’s probably not surprising since I run a leadership camp for teens. Host Ira Glass explains the purpose of the program: Today on our program, we try to bridge the gap between camp people and non-camp … Continue reading “The Magic of Camp”

Character Education Goes to Camp

by Rebecca Bauer As an educational non-profit, we spend most of our time talking about schools, but as summer begins, I want to acknowledge that crucial character development often happens not only outside of the classroom but also outside of the school year. In my household, camp was always spoken about as a Matt Smith … Continue reading “Character Education Goes to Camp”

The Power of Example

American philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson is credited with my all-time favorite character quote: “Who you are speaks so loudly I cannot hear what you say.” I’m astonished at the powerful simplicity of these words.  As I recall the most influential people in my past, each of them demonstrated behavioral integrity — their actions matched their … Continue reading “The Power of Example”

More Than Community Service: Creating Opportunities for Moral Action

Do you think you made a good choice? Did you do the right thing? These questions are in the school announcements, in the school song. They’re everywhere, according to Schools of Character principal Kimmie Etheredge. Does that focus on doing the right thing make a difference?  Etheredge shared this story. “The manager of a store … Continue reading “More Than Community Service: Creating Opportunities for Moral Action”

Starting Your Character Education Journey

By Becky Sipos, President & CEO For me, the New Year always brings an attitude of fresh start along with a reflection on accomplishments or disappointments of the past year. Pick up any magazine and you can see the imperatives: Lose 10 pounds in two weeks, plan more nutritious meals, get fit in only 15-minutes … Continue reading “Starting Your Character Education Journey”

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