Letting Life Get Messy: Lessons from Kindergarten

A year ago, an eighth grade student came into my counseling office looking stricken. Over the weekend, Lara’s parents had told her they were moving from Maryland to a country in South America. Her father’s global job had taken her to far-flung places before, but she hadn’t seen this move coming. “I thought I’d be … Continue reading “Letting Life Get Messy: Lessons from Kindergarten”

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!”

The 8 C’s of Character

  By Ed DeRoche There are only two C’s in “character,” but one can find many words that begin with C in describing good, positive character traits and behaviors. I’ve compiled a few C words that show the attributes of character. 1. Caring: Two important synonyms are “compassion” and “empathy.” Robert Krzaric wrote in The Greater … Continue reading “The 8 C’s of Character”

Heroes On and Off the Screen

Leaders Must Earn Their Stripes Every Day

The following post was originally published on the Whole Child Blog.

Be More Than a Bystander: Speak Up Against Bullying and Violence

Since I started working with CEP over a year ago, I have found myself looking at virtually everything I do—see, hear, read about, etc.—through a prism of right-and-wrong, searching for a teachable moment in just about every action. But even so, I still feel that my experiences over the last five weeks have been unusually … Continue reading “Be More Than a Bystander: Speak Up Against Bullying and Violence”

The Legacy of an Honorable Man: Remembering Sandy McDonnell

One year ago, a great American died.  His name was Sandy McDonnell.  He was an honorable man who left behind a remarkable legacy.  It is one we can all learn from. Sandy was brilliant.   After graduating from Princeton and completing graduate school in Colorado, he worked on the Top Secret Manhattan Project during World War … Continue reading “The Legacy of an Honorable Man: Remembering Sandy McDonnell”

Lessons in Character and Integrity from Les Miserables

It seems like everyone just can’t get enough of Les Miserables.  It’s the world’s longest running musical, now seen by 60M people in 42 countries.  Along the way, it’s received 96 major international awards.  The most recent movie version is a box office smash, earning eight Academy Awards nominations.

What’s the Worst Part of the Lance Armstrong Cheating Scandal?

I was a big cycling fan before the sport got popular in our country.  And, back in the day, I was a pretty serious cyclist myself–I spoke the lingo, wore the gaudy jerseys, shaved the legs, rode custom racing bikes with “Campy Record” components and I had the muscled-up quads one only gets from logging … Continue reading “What’s the Worst Part of the Lance Armstrong Cheating Scandal?”

‘Our journey is not complete’, either

Character Education in the Digital Age

Note: This is one in a series of excerpts from Jason Ohler’s book, Digital Community, Digital Citizenship, which explores the development of character education for those living a digital lifestyle. PARTYCIPATION: SETTING THE STAGE Digital citizenship is the term the world of K12 education has adopted to describe the many ethical and character education issues … Continue reading “Character Education in the Digital Age”

President’s Post: Another Sports Hero Turned Fraud? “Say It Ain’t So”

President’s Post: Leadership’s Most Essential Ingredient

Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 3: Students & Peer Pressure

As you sit in your crowded lecture hall and toil away at that seemingly impossible math problem, you glance down and see a peer in the next row surreptitiously looking at formulas he has scrawled on his hand. This scene sounds quite plausible to many students. Whether they’ve engaged in the behavior themselves or simply … Continue reading “Preventing Academic Dishonesty Part 3: Students & Peer Pressure”

What Sandy Showed Me

 I have a very heavy heart right now because Sandy McDonnell passed away. You see, he was my hero. Like many others who knew and loved this great man, I now feel a huge emptiness in my life that I know will never be filled. I loved Sandy like a father. It was a great blessing to … Continue reading “What Sandy Showed Me”

Veterans Day – A Teachable Moment

I had the great fortune of being raised by a loving family. They instilled in me certain values that shaped me into the person I am today. None of the adults in my family had much of a formal education though. My grandfather, for example, came to our country at the age of 10 with … Continue reading “Veterans Day – A Teachable Moment”

When Legal Isn’t Enough: Penn State’s Moral Character Issues

As you have probably heard by now, Penn State’s illustrious football program is in shambles following allegations that several boys were molested by Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator, in a Penn State facility as part of a program hosted by the school. The school officials’ decision not to report the assault to the police is … Continue reading “When Legal Isn’t Enough: Penn State’s Moral Character Issues”


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