How Do Good Leaders Demonstrate Gratitude?

by Patrick Keenoy, Principal, 2015 National School of Character, Rogers Elementary One is not simply a leader because of a title or position held, rather, a leader is one who demonstrates positive character through their words and actions. These words and actions, should  motivate others to give their best effort and be people of integrity. … Continue reading “How Do Good Leaders Demonstrate Gratitude?”

Student Leadership for All

By Lisa Stutts, Special Education Teacher at 2015 National School of Character: Northern Parkway School Can all students be leaders? How do we empower leadership in our school? All students can be leaders. We as educators may need to shift our mindset to believe it. We all can fall into the trap of having our “go … Continue reading “Student Leadership for All”

How to Become a Socially Inclusive School

By Dr. Maurice Elias, Director Social-Emotional Learning Lab, Rutgers University IN ITS COMPREHENSIVE CASE STUDY OF SOCIALLY INCLUSIVE SCHOOLS, Special Olympics’ Project UNIFY (3) identified the common factors across schools that had created a bridge from social inclusion programs to a genuinely positive school climate. The case study findings are here (4), and I’m also … Continue reading “How to Become a Socially Inclusive School”

A Call to All Social-Emotional Learning Leaders

By Maurice Elias,Professor, Rutgers University Psychology Department and Edutopia Blogger It’s time for the leaders of the social-emotional learning (SEL) and character education fields to jump in the sandbox together and create a set of common guidelines for implementation in schools.  This is a variation of the “Manhattan Project” called for years ago by Tim … Continue reading “A Call to All Social-Emotional Learning Leaders”

The Content of Our Character

By Mark HyattPresident & CEO This Aug. 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech—or as we like to refer to it at CEP, his “Content of Character” speech. From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, addressing more than 250,000 civil rights supporters … Continue reading “The Content of Our Character”

Happy Campers Building Character

By Mark Hyatt, President & CEO Before the summer slips away from us all, I would be remiss if I did not take a moment here to talk about the wonderful experience that occurred June 16-21 at CEP’s  second Leaders of Character Camp (LoCC), hosted once again by my alma mater, the U.S. Air Force … Continue reading “Happy Campers Building 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.

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”

Promising Practices Spotlight: Clifton-Clyde High School

Clifton-Clyde High School – Clyde, KS Program: Mock Interviews At Clifton-Clyde High School in Clyde, Kansas, students participate in mock interviews to prepare them for life after high school and/or college. This Promising Practice implements two principles from CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education: using a comprehensive approach, and offering a meaningful and challenging … Continue reading “Promising Practices Spotlight: Clifton-Clyde High School”

‘Our journey is not complete’, either

Happy Holidays and A Call to Action from Mark Hyatt

Dear CEP Family—   On behalf of the entire CEP staff and Board of Directors, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and New Year.  Like most of America in these uncharacteristically somber days, we at CEP are filled with great sadness as the K-12 community from coast to coast takes its winter break and bids … Continue reading “Happy Holidays and A Call to Action from Mark Hyatt”

National Schools of Character Lead Post-Sandy Service Learning

Eloisa DeJesus-Woodruff, Principal of 2012 National School of Character (NSOC) Richard Stockton Elementary in Cherry Hill, New Jersey was so moved by the devastation being faced by her fellow citizens in New Jersey and New York in the wake of Sandy that she returned from the National Forum ready to act. She had a vision … Continue reading “National Schools of Character Lead Post-Sandy Service Learning”

Call for Stories: How Are You Helping Superstorm Sandy’s Victims?

Superstorm Sandy devastated much of the East Coast at the end of October. Millions lost homes, pets, electricity, and some have lost hope. However, many of our National Schools of Character have mobilized to help alleviate the issues that many of these communities are facing.

Character Beyond the Classroom: Cesar Chavez and Fred Korematsu

Family members of two iconic American civil rights leaders joined the CEP2012 attendees Friday to address the connection between character and taking important public action. Anthony Chavez, the grandson of Cesar Chavez, and Karen Korematsu, the daughter of Fred Korematsu, shared personal stories, inspiring visions, and core values from their experiences with these two leaders.

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”

President’s Post: Leadership’s Most Essential Ingredient

President’s Post: Off We Go!

CEP VISION STATEMENT Young people everywhere who are educated, inspired and empowered to be ethical and engaged citizens. CEP MISSION STATEMENT Providing the vision, leadership and resources for schools, families and communities to develop ethical citizens committed to building a just and caring world. Exciting times for CEP!  On August 27th, we officially entered our … Continue reading “President’s Post: Off We Go!”

President’s Post: Can Character Be Taught? In a Word, “Yes!”

“Intelligence is not enough. Intelligence plus character, that is the goal of true education.”  – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. At the Character Education Partnership (CEP), we certainly believe character can and should be taught. So I have been particularly thrilled by all the attention and wide praise that has been garnered by the important new … Continue reading “President’s Post: Can Character Be Taught? In a Word, “Yes!””


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