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”

RAGBRAI and Core Values

Last week my brother and sister completed RAGBRAI—the bicycle ride across Iowa. From the starting point in Sioux City to the end point in Dubuque, they rode 480 miles over the course of the week. They both came home tired but euphoric. They’d had a wonderful time.My sister couldn’t stop talking about how friendly everyone … Continue reading “RAGBRAI and Core Values”

A Community of Character

After my post on RAGBRAI, Rich Puppione, now retired from the Pleasanton School District, reminded me that one of the features of this year’s National Forum is a site visit to Pleasanton, California.  Here’s a community where commitment to character permeates everything they do. Four schools in the district have been recognized with National Schools of … Continue reading “A Community of Character”

A Rare and Important Privilege

“We live more and more of our lives in the splendid isolation of the Internet with all the faux connectors like Facebook, Twitter, and the rest. Getting together is increasingly a rare and important privilege.” When I read these words by Nick Morgan, President of Public Words, Inc., I found myself nodding and thinking, “That … Continue reading “A Rare and Important Privilege”

Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders

The following post was submitted from Beverly Woods Elementary School, a 2009 National School of Character. How do we prepare our students for a future in which the jobs they will be doing do not yet exist and the technologies that they will be working with have not yet been invented? The answer to this … Continue reading “Creating Tomorrow’s Leaders”

NSOC Outreach

National Schools of Character (NSOC) winners are asked to do outreach to educators in surrounding schools. Below is an email highlighting the fruits of such outreach. Thanks to Barb Gruener at 2009 NSOC winner Westwood Elementary School in Friendswood, TX for spreading character ed!

Engage families, communities in character-building

The following post was written by Barbara Gruener, Westwood Elementary Counselor and Lynn Hobratschk, Westwood Elementary Principal. Gruener will be presenting at the 17th National Forum on Character Education. In a town settled by Quakers, otherwise known as Friends, Principle 10 wasn’t too difficult to sell. A small bedroom community outside of Houston, Friendswood was … Continue reading “Engage families, communities in character-building”

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”

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”

Service doesn’t end with the school year!

By Megan Jones, Senior Administrator at CEP

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”

You Got A Case

by Marvin Berkowitz, of the University of Missouri’s Center for Character & Citizenship I was recently asked how to convince people that character education actually works. The cynicism, skepticism, and conservativism out there often astounds me. Amy Johnston, the award-winning principal of 2008 National School of Character Francis Howell Middle School (St. Charles, MO), expresses the same … Continue reading “You Got A Case”


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