10 Ways To Raise Kids To Care: Simple Ways Parents Can Help Today’s ME Generation Learn to Be Kind

Empathy is the ability to identify with and feel for another person. It’s the powerful quality that halts violent and cruel behavior and urges us to treat others kindly. Empathy emerges naturally and quite early, which means our children are born with a huge built-in advantage for success and happiness. Though children are born with … Continue reading “10 Ways To Raise Kids To Care: Simple Ways Parents Can Help Today’s ME Generation Learn to Be Kind”

The Five Most Creative Ways to Give Children the Edge They Need to Succeed

In writing and researching UnSelfie, I flew the world, spoke with hundreds of researchers, conducted focus groups with more than five hundred children, and visited dozens of schools. I witnessed countless ways to cultivate empathy, but the most effective were always real, meaningful, and matched a child’s needs. Here are a few of the most creative … Continue reading “The Five Most Creative Ways to Give Children the Edge They Need to Succeed”

Six Ways Students Can Spread Kindness in Your School

Practicing kindness is what helps children tune into other people’s feelings and needs, trust more, step out of their own skins to understand others, and become UnSelfies (“more we, less me” oriented). Each kind act nudges kids to notice others (“I see how you feel”). Care (“I’m concerned about you”), empathize (“I feel with you”) and … Continue reading “Six Ways Students Can Spread Kindness in Your School”

What Do Kids Really Need to Be Happy and Successful? Empathy.

Dr. Michele Borba writes in her new book Unselfie, “While we may be producing a smart, self-assured generation of young people, today’s kids are also the most self-centered, saddest and stressed on record.” According to a University of Michigan Study, Teens today are now 40% lower in empathy levels than 3 decades ago. In the … Continue reading “What Do Kids Really Need to Be Happy and Successful? Empathy.”

Choosing Love

By Scarlett Lewis, Founder of Jesse Lewis Choose Love Movement Following the murder of my 6 year old son in his first grade classroom at Sandy Hook Elementary School, I asked myself the same two questions that everyone was asking: how could something like this happen, and what can I do to make sure this never … Continue reading “Choosing Love”

Increasing Empathy & Disability Awareness through Project HEART

by Kim Dailey, Special School District Educator, Lindbergh Schools Thirty-one years of classroom teaching has taken me from my home in the Midwest, to the East Coast, to the West Coast, and home again. Today I’m very fortunate to live in one caring community and work in yet another.  I see evidence of this care … Continue reading “Increasing Empathy & Disability Awareness through Project HEART”

Resource Roundup: Getting Started with Core Values!

While there’s no particular order you need to address each of the 11 Principles, naturally, many schools start with principle 1, “The school promotes core ethical and performance values as the foundations of core values.” When it comes to principle 1, the most valuable resources you have at your disposal are your stakeholders: administrators, teachers, … Continue reading “Resource Roundup: Getting Started with Core Values!”

Examining Poverty & Cultivating Empathy: Three Books that Will Expand Your Perspective

By Becky Sipos The first is Katherine Boo’s Behind the Beautiful Forevers, my book club’s nonfiction selection this month. I thought the horrific stories of life in the slums of Mumbai, India, would be too awful to read, but Boo’s empathetic portrayal really drew me into their lives. I cheered for Abdul, the young garbage … Continue reading “Examining Poverty & Cultivating Empathy: Three Books that Will Expand Your Perspective”

Start Early: Teaching Character in Early Childhood Education

“The early years of life provide the foundation for what is to come in terms of social, intellectual and moral development. A child’s capacity to think out problems, built from “lived experience” is indicative of social skills, moral reasoning and intelligence” according to Darcia Narvaez’s research. Considering this, why isn’t there more of an emphasis … Continue reading “Start Early: Teaching Character in Early Childhood Education”

Finding Kind

By Barbara Gruener Fall was turning into winter last year when we realized it was time to freshen up the bulletin board at the end of my hallways. My intern Anna suggested a winter scene and I told her I wanted it to have something to do with kindness. I suggested Kindness = Global Warming. I could … Continue reading “Finding Kind”

Teaching Animal Appreciation: A Pathway to Character

by Zoe Weil President, Institute for Humane Education What should character education teach students about kindness to animals? At first, the answer to this question might seem obvious: people of good character treat nonhuman animals with respect and consideration; therefore, we should educate students to be compassionate and responsible citizens in relation to other species. Role models for good character, … Continue reading “Teaching Animal Appreciation: A Pathway to Character”

Our Friends in the Philippines – Please Help

As you all know, the stories coming from the Philippines are terrible and heartbreaking.  The extent of the devastation caused by Typhoon Haiyan (called Yolanda in the Philippines) is not yet known, but the loss of life and property is perhaps too high to even comprehend.

Character Is Our Super Power

 by Barbara Gruener Is anyone out there as excited about the upcoming CEP National Forum as I am? One of my very favorite things about October is the chance to connect with other character educators from around the US and beyond its borders. It’s been an annual booster shot for me since I first attended … Continue reading “Character Is Our Super Power”

Powerful Analogies From Nature that Build Character

by Barbara A. Lewis Do you want to know something so strong that it survived the atomic explosion on Hiroshima? Might you guess a 400-pound gorilla that can hoist up 10 times its body weight? Or how about Iron Man or the Hulk (not fair—they’re not real)?  Or what about the annoying cockroach?  Well, you … Continue reading “Powerful Analogies From Nature that Build Character”

The Kindness of Strangers: Help a Kid Gear Up for School

By Connie Matthiessen, Associate Editor of Great Schools (re-posted with permission) Back to school may be the second biggest shopping season of the year, but my family usually doesn’t join the stampede. My kids aren’t big shoppers, and neither am I; besides, times are tight. Someone will inevitably need a new pair of shoes or … Continue reading “The Kindness of Strangers: Help a Kid Gear Up for School”

Empathy: To lead is to listen and to learn

Thank goodness my wife opened my eyes to the importance of empathy before I became a father and a school leader. To be honest, for the first half of my life, I was so driven to achieve the task at hand that I struggled to understand why some people just couldn’t show up, get to work and do what they had to … Continue reading “Empathy: To lead is to listen and to learn”

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