Creating Caring High Schools: Spotlight on Bayless High

By Emina Ahmetovic Grade 12, Meris Saric Grade 11 and Patrick McEvoy, Principal Bayless High School is making students smarter, better and stronger. The students and staff feel so safe and secure at school that they never lock their lockers. Yes, you read that correctly. 90% of the student body feels so safe that, in most cases, … Continue reading “Creating Caring High Schools: Spotlight on Bayless High”

Growing Good Character: The Benefits of School Gardens

He came to us with many seeds planted in his life.  The seed of violence from an abusive father.  The seed of anger from a defensive single mother.  The seed of poverty; he was one of eight children.  The seed of hunger–he needed a small snack upon entering school to make it to breakfast without … Continue reading “Growing Good Character: The Benefits of School Gardens”

The Power of Partnering with Parents

by Becky Sipos Early in my teaching career, I called a parent concerned about her daughter. I’ll never forget her response: “I don’t call you for help with my job, so why are you calling me for help with yours?” I still vividly recall my shock as I had assumed helping her daughter develop into … Continue reading “The Power of Partnering with Parents”

Beyond Fundraising: Parent Involvement in Kids’ Character Development

When it comes to education, and character education in particular, there are many important key players: teachers, parents, and the community at large. Educating youth is a cooperative endeavor. And when schools, parents, and communities deliberately encourage similar values and goals, the opportunities for student success and growth become unlimited. During the month of September, … Continue reading “Beyond Fundraising: Parent Involvement in Kids’ Character Development”

The 2015 National Schools of Character Press Event

At Character.org we frequently reflect on our mission and our role in the greater landscape of education. In addition to working directly with schools, we strive to serve as “bridge builders” connecting teachers, students and administrators to researchers and policymakers. This aspect of our mission was abundantly clear as I looked around the room at … Continue reading “The 2015 National Schools of Character Press Event”

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