Engage families, communities in character-building

The following post was written by Barbara Gruener, Westwood Elementary Counselor and Lynn Hobratschk, Westwood Elementary Principal. Gruener will be presenting at the 17th National Forum on Character Education. In a town settled by Quakers, otherwise known as Friends, Principle 10 wasn’t too difficult to sell. A small bedroom community outside of Houston, Friendswood was … Continue reading “Engage families, communities in character-building”

Bullying in Schools: A Strategic Solution

Written by Joseph W. Mazzola President & CEO Character Education Partnership Bullying in our nation’s schools is rampant. Consider the following data points from the 2010 Federal Bullying Prevention Summit: every day, 160,000 students stay home out of fear of getting bullied at school; 1 in 3 students will be bullied this year (about 18M … Continue reading “Bullying in Schools: A Strategic Solution”

Building a Caring Community

This post was written by Jessica Skinner, School Counselor at Lake Carolina Elementary School in Blythewood, South Carolina Building a caring learning community goes beyond the four walls of a classroom.  At Lake Carolina Elementary, the faculty and staff have been deliberate in their approach to developing a caring community since the school opened in … Continue reading “Building a Caring Community”

Bowls for Hunger

CEP’s March focus is Principle 5: Providing Opportunities for Moral Action. The following service learning idea was submitted by Tina Sohn, Art Teacher & District Character Leader, Sullivan Primary School a 2010 Nationa School of Character, Sullivan, Missouri . We’d love to hear what your school is doing. Sullivan Primary School (pre-K through first grade) … Continue reading “Bowls for Hunger”

History of Julian – Youth Service Project

Nancy Younce submitted this story of one of Julian Elementary School’s service projects. The students at Julian Elementary School, a have been focusing on showcasing their Service Learning Projects each year on Global Youth Service Day.  This has made the projects more meaningful to them, with guidance and instruction for high quality service learning.

Challenge All Students to Seek Mastery over Performance

By Peggy Lobello, 4th Grade TeacherOrrs Elementary, Griffin, GA Students come to us in all shapes and sizes. They come in all abilities as well. It is an ongoing task charged to educators to find ways to challenge students at all levels of ability. Teachers at Orrs Elementary School work together to provide meaningful learning … Continue reading “Challenge All Students to Seek Mastery over Performance”

Assessing the Challenge Index

Once again Jay Mathews, a reporter for the Washington Post, has released his Challenge Index, the ranking of high schools determined by calculating the number of college level tests taken in a given year divided by the number of graduating seniors. I was happy to see that McLean High School (where I taught before retiring … Continue reading “Assessing the Challenge Index”

International Comparisons

We’ve all been hearing about great educational systems of nations such as Finland and Japan. If you haven’t yet seen “Standing on the Shoulders of Giants,” unveiled recently at an event attended by Secretary Duncan, John Merrow’s blog post provides a succinct summary of insights and a link to the report itself. It’s worth taking … Continue reading “International Comparisons”

Start the School Year Off Right

A focus on the whole child and each child’s moral and social development pervades the program at Beauvoir the National Cathedral Elementary School, a 2011 National School of Character. The school invests a great deal of time and resources into the “social curriculum,” which is seen as being just as important as, and even part … Continue reading “Start the School Year Off Right”

Resiliency in Youth: The Power of the Entrepreneur Mindset

When I was 13, I was hired by “Uncle Cleve,” a local entrepreneur who lived in my Mississippi Delta hometown of Glen Allan, to work with him at his Ice House. I had to wait on customers, cut the ice into multiple sizes, make change and be quick about it. I had to learn to … Continue reading “Resiliency in Youth: The Power of the Entrepreneur Mindset”

Where Gardens Grow Character

We believe gardening in schools is a necessity. Most of us probably know that school gardens are a great teaching tool that can be used to enrich curriculum and improve physical health, but we believe in gardens as a way to grow character.  We see this everyday in our garden. We see children sharing, working … Continue reading “Where Gardens Grow Character”

Character Education: Not a Quick Fix, but Well Worth the Effort

Being a relatively new CEP staff member (I started in Sept.), I’m still learning a lot about character education. I know the basics now – start small, get leadership on board, engage your out-of-school community – but I am still amazed when I hear the National School of Character (NSOC) stories. True learning happens in these … Continue reading “Character Education: Not a Quick Fix, but Well Worth the Effort”

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