Letting Life Get Messy: Lessons from Kindergarten

A year ago, an eighth grade student came into my counseling office looking stricken. Over the weekend, Lara’s parents had told her they were moving from Maryland to a country in South America. Her father’s global job had taken her to far-flung places before, but she hadn’t seen this move coming. “I thought I’d be … Continue reading “Letting Life Get Messy: Lessons from Kindergarten”

Student Perspectives: Creating Community through Activities & Sisterhood

  In honor of International Women’s Day, we’re featuring the voices of two young women, Jasmine and Ndasia, current students at Early/Middle College at Bennett, a 2015 National School of Character. Early/Middle College at Bennett is an all female high school located in Greensboro, North Carolina. by Ndasia Gerald, a student in the Class of … Continue reading “Student Perspectives: Creating Community through Activities & Sisterhood”

Using Advisory Effectively: A Case Study

By Sarah Novick Advisory can be a great vehicle to implement character education.  I recently had the privilege of getting to know students, teachers, teacher-advisors, and administrators involved with revamping an advisory program at San Francisco University High School (SFUHS). For about 20 years SFUHS had an advisory period in its schedule. When I got … Continue reading “Using Advisory Effectively: A Case Study”


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