Linking Smart & Good: A Reflection on the 2015 Forum Theme

By Maricarmen Esper, Character Education Author and Speaker

‘Big Six’ Leader in Civil Rights Movement to Keynote at National Forum on Character

by Calvary Diggs It’s a little over fifty years ago, and the United States exists in less vibrant tones and colors. No diversity. No rainbows. The atmosphere operates only on an absolute of black and white. For one child, he first began to understand the diff erence– one that he’d later describe as ‘inequality’ and … Continue reading “‘Big Six’ Leader in Civil Rights Movement to Keynote at National Forum on Character”

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”

Can Educators Actually Assess a Student’s Character?

  From my work as a superintendent, a headmaster and as the the U.S. Deputy Undersecretary of Education, I found that assessing our students’ character was overlooked much of the time. Yet, there are such strong reasons to assess students’ character in a more formal way, such as establishing consistent standards, students having knowledge of … Continue reading “Can Educators Actually Assess a Student’s Character?”

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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”

The Powerful Effect of Parenting

When keynote presenter Paul Tough became a dad, he never thought he would be using parenting techniques he learned from rats. Tough delivered a compelling keynote address at the 2012 National Forum during the afternoon session. “Parents and other caregivers who are able to form close, nurturing relationships with their children can foster resilience in them … Continue reading “The Powerful Effect of Parenting”

Michele Borba’s Essential 6 R’s of Bullying Prevention

Internationally recognized expert and author Michele Borba gave attendees a tour-de-force of the critical components of effective bullying prevention. Most people don’t realize what an issue bullying is in the United States, but a few statistics make it clear that we have an epidemic. Today, 1 in 3 US students are bullied. Rates are similarly … Continue reading “Michele Borba’s Essential 6 R’s of Bullying Prevention”

Are You A Cathedral Builder or a Stone Chipper?

Scott Taylor gave an outstanding keynote address this morning, using a mix of humor, entertainment, and experiences to share the importance of building strong relationships and maintaining positivity in schools. Principal Taylor shared stories from his own experience, and it’s clear that Principal Taylor practices what he preaches. Every day, he roams the halls of his … Continue reading “Are You A Cathedral Builder or a Stone Chipper?”

Where the Spirit of Learning Soars & Character Grows: a Good-to-Great Story

Eight years ago, Crestwood Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri, became truly engaged in character education. We were already a pretty good school and doing some character education, but a district decision directed all schools to do more character education following the Caring School Community (CSC) program with its emphasis on autonomy, belonging, and competence. … Continue reading “Where the Spirit of Learning Soars & Character Grows: a Good-to-Great Story”

Preventing Bullying and Developing Leaders

A 2011 study in Virginia elementary, middle, and high schools found that bullying is considered the primary safety concern of students in all grade levels (Garrow, 2011). Students in middle school were most concerned with bullying (92%), followed by elementary (83%) and high school students (77%). Bullied students may experience many negative effects, including depression … Continue reading “Preventing Bullying and Developing Leaders”

Broken Kids Are Breaking All of Us

Don’t miss your chance for a free copy of Teaching Kids to Be Good People: Progressive Parenting for the 21st Century, by Annie Fox. Just click the link on Thursday, 10/18/12 or Friday, 10/19/12 for your free book. Note: The link will only work these two days for a free book.  Even if you don’t have a Kindle, the downloaded … Continue reading “Broken Kids Are Breaking All of Us”

Words into Action: Service Learning as a Teaching Strategy

What is Service Learning? Simply put, service learning occurs in classrooms as students connect academics—skills and content—with authenticated community needs. Students grow a garden in science class that provides produce for a food bank or orphanage. While studying about World War II, students interview veterans of a past or current war to gain a deeper … Continue reading “Words into Action: Service Learning as a Teaching Strategy”

Everything You Need

The following comes from one of our National Forum on Character Education keynoters, Bertice Berry’s, blog. She is blogging daily in an attempt to teach her readers and herself the art of transformation. She writes:

Back to School and Back to Stress for Some Students

It’s a fresh start. A chance to start over. An opportunity to be successful, to put the past behind, to forge a new reputation and to have perfect attendance. The new school year offers students new teachers, new friends, new challenges and new rewards. Sadly, for many middle and high school students, it’s another year … Continue reading “Back to School and Back to Stress for Some Students”

Character Education with Chess

The following is an excerpt of the book “Character Education with Chess” The King is the most valuable piece in chess. Its value is absolute because if you lose your King, you lose the game. The other pieces have a relative value which changes depending on the position and situation and are expendable. The King, … Continue reading “Character Education with Chess”

Solutionary Education Reform

Education is in the news these days, with feature-length documentaries such as “Waiting for Superman” and “Bully” at theaters alongside “Toy Story III” and “The Avengers.” Tom Friedman at The New York Timescalls the education beat the most exciting one of our time for journalists. Never in my lifetime has education been such a hot topic. … Continue reading “Solutionary Education Reform”

What Graduates Really Need to Know

This excerpted blog article is reposted with permission from Zoe Weil, an honored and esteemed speaker at our upcoming National Forum on Character Education. It was originally posted here. Zoe was also recently featured in Forbes Magazine, discussing the heart of education.

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Here you will find articles from CEP Members, Leaders, Speakers, and select authors from around the country and the world. As a CEP Member please feel free to make comments about the articles you see here. We welcome feedback and suggestions!

I Believe in Me!

The following is a post from one of our Forum presenters, Sue Lee, the creator of “I Believe in Me!” a 2009 Parents’ Choice Award Winner. If you’re reading this blog, I hope you will be in attendance at the National Forum on Character Education in San Francisco Oct 28th – 30th. Like me, you … Continue reading “I Believe in Me!”

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