Student Voice in Character Education: When in Doubt, Ask the Students!

On an early morning school climate team meeting, a group of ten educators crowd around a conference table sipping coffee and crafting a plan. They are discussing a kick-off event for their new character education initiative with the theme “kindness counts.” A buzz of excited chatter ensues as staff discuss various ideas for recognizing students … Continue reading “Student Voice in Character Education: When in Doubt, Ask the Students!”

We’re Wired for Friendship, Whether We’re 5 or 45

I still have the handmade pillow I sewed with a friend in fourth grade. We wrote “best friends forever” in puffy paint across the surface. I also have the “slam book” my friends and I created at a sixth grade sleepover. In it, we listed each other’s flaws, then discussed our findings. It amazes me … Continue reading “We’re Wired for Friendship, Whether We’re 5 or 45”

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