More on Integrating Character Education

Dr. Peter R. Greer, former headmaster of Montclair Kimberly Academy (NJ) and member of CEP’s Blue Ribbon Panel, adds to the dialogue on integrating character education into the curriculum. He is the author of “Character Education on the Cheap”  [http://www.edweek.org/ew/articles/2007/11/14/12greer.h27.html.]

Character Integration – authentic or artificial?

Which is best? Or does it matter? In our preK-3 character building, the character lessons serve as something tangible for our young students to connect with and hold on to as they learn all about the pillars of character. Because of their developmental age, trustworthiness, for example, is kind of an abstract concept, but when … Continue reading “Character Integration – authentic or artificial?”

Character Education Strategies for Life

The following was written by Denise Arvidson, principal, Col. John Robinson School, Westford, Massachusetts. What are your character education strategies for life? Peace-It-Together:  Character Education Strategies for LifeWhat do playgrounds, lunchrooms, buses, after school programs and neighborhoods all have in common? They are the “hot spots” where many social and behavioral issues take root and then encroach … Continue reading “Character Education Strategies for Life”

“Character By Design” – Systematic Character Education Curriculum Development

Submitted by Donna Dunar, principal, Alta Leary Elementary School What’s that old adage, “Necessity is the mother of invention”? In 2009, we earned National Schools of Character (NSOC) winner status; in 2008, we earned standing as “finalist.” As a finalist in the NSOC process, our site visitors rightly recommended that we work on the integration of character … Continue reading ““Character By Design” – Systematic Character Education Curriculum Development”

Assessment and Sustainability

Posted by Brian McKenney, Principal, Long School In The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, S.R. Covey suggests that when planning a program one should start with the end in mind.  At Long School, before planning new initiatives, the character leadership team analyzes data from the CHARACTERplus® School Report, completed each spring, to get a … Continue reading “Assessment and Sustainability”

The Greenfield Way: Transforming our School Culture with Character-Based Discipline

By Claudia St. Amour, counselor

Optimizing the High School Experience

Since my first blog post generated a response from a high school teacher wondering about what the Forum will offer for educators at the secondary level, I thought I’d feature one of our PreForum workshops today: Optimizing the High School Experience. Just take a look at the takeaways: Participants will learn how to help secondary … Continue reading “Optimizing the High School Experience”

Bullying in Schools: A Strategic Solution

Written by Joseph W. Mazzola President & CEO Character Education Partnership Bullying in our nation’s schools is rampant. Consider the following data points from the 2010 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit: every day, 160,000 students stay home out of fear of getting bullied at school; 1 in 3 students will be bullied this year (about 18M … Continue reading “Bullying in Schools: A Strategic Solution”

Building a Caring Community

This post was written by Jessica Skinner, School Counselor at Lake Carolina Elementary School in Blythewood, South Carolina Building a caring learning community goes beyond the four walls of a classroom.  At Lake Carolina Elementary, the faculty and staff have been deliberate in their approach to developing a caring community since the school opened in … Continue reading “Building a Caring Community”

Bowls for Hunger

CEP’s March focus is Principle 5: Providing Opportunities for Moral Action. The following service learning idea was submitted by Tina Sohn, Art Teacher & District Character Leader, Sullivan Primary School a 2010 Nationa School of Character, Sullivan, Missouri . We’d love to hear what your school is doing. Sullivan Primary School (pre-K through first grade) … Continue reading “Bowls for Hunger”

History of Julian – Youth Service Project

Nancy Younce submitted this story of one of Julian Elementary School’s service projects. The students at Julian Elementary School, a have been focusing on showcasing their Service Learning Projects each year on Global Youth Service Day.  This has made the projects more meaningful to them, with guidance and instruction for high quality service learning.

Challenge All Students to Seek Mastery over Performance

By Peggy Lobello, 4th Grade TeacherOrrs Elementary, Griffin, GA Students come to us in all shapes and sizes. They come in all abilities as well. It is an ongoing task charged to educators to find ways to challenge students at all levels of ability. Teachers at Orrs Elementary School work together to provide meaningful learning … Continue reading “Challenge All Students to Seek Mastery over Performance”

Earth Day Activities

In honor of Earth Day today, April 22nd, here are some highlights from our resources related to the environment, science, and “going green.” When you have a chance, be sure to check out the rest of the lesson plans and best practices provided by our wonderful exemplary schools.

Pulling up bootstraps

We’ve recently posted some great news articles on our Facebook page from around the country about communities that inject valuable character education into the local sports scenes.  The Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy Leadership and Character Development Camp in Vero Beach, Florida emphasizes character education at their summer camp.  Midnight Basketball in Taylor, Texas … Continue reading “Pulling up bootstraps”

Creating “a culture of integrity” in Atlanta Public Schools

It’s comforting to see something good come out of something bad.  There’s not much more scorn that can be heaped upon the Atlanta Public Schools after the cheating debacle that surfaced this week in the news, shedding light on a scandal involving educators, administrators, standardized test scores, shocking lapses in morals, and examples set for … Continue reading “Creating “a culture of integrity” in Atlanta Public Schools”

Save our Schools March in Washington

Yesterday more than 5,000 teachers and supporters gathered on the Ellipse for the Save Our Schools  rally and march to the White House. I decided to attend along with my son, his wife and her parents, who came down from New York City to show support. Quite frankly, I thought there’d be an even bigger crowd, but … Continue reading “Save our Schools March in Washington”

Attending the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools annual conference

Federal education conference emphasizes the importance of school climate by Lara Maupin, Director SSOC/NSOC Joe Mazzola and I attended the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools annual conference this week. We were quite pleased to see the Department’s emphasis on how school climate can enhance the conditions for learning reflected in … Continue reading “Attending the Department of Education’s Office of Safe and Drug Free Schools annual conference”

The Power of Revisions, Part II

by Mark Schumacker, Beavercreek Schools teacher As most teachers do, I always look at what I am doing and analyze the success of my work.  I want to make sure I am doing the best I can and if I am not, I want to figure out what can I do to improve my product.  … Continue reading “The Power of Revisions, Part II”

Start the School Year Off Right

A focus on the whole child and each child’s moral and social development pervades the program at Beauvoir the National Cathedral Elementary School, a 2011 National School of Character. The school invests a great deal of time and resources into the “social curriculum,” which is seen as being just as important as, and even part … Continue reading “Start the School Year Off Right”

Where Gardens Grow Character

We believe gardening in schools is a necessity. Most of us probably know that school gardens are a great teaching tool that can be used to enrich curriculum and improve physical health, but we believe in gardens as a way to grow character.  We see this everyday in our garden. We see children sharing, working … Continue reading “Where Gardens Grow Character”

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