The Power of Reading

by Dave Keller As a parent, some of my fondest memories revolve around countless evenings reading with my children. Most families have their own personalized rituals — my family is no different. For us, reading was more of an event, rather than a mere activity. We read together as a group, often using silly accents … Continue reading “The Power of Reading”

7 Surprising Parenting Solutions That Boost Kids’ School Success

by Michele Borba Academic success impacts our children for the rest of their lives: it influences their self-esteem, college selections, job attainment, financial success, and even their choice of spouse. It’s no wonder we go great lengths to give our kids an academic edge. But despite our good intentions, we often overlook a few simple … Continue reading “7 Surprising Parenting Solutions That Boost Kids’ School Success”

The Power of Partnering with Parents

by Becky Sipos Early in my teaching career, I called a parent concerned about her daughter. I’ll never forget her response: “I don’t call you for help with my job, so why are you calling me for help with yours?” I still vividly recall my shock as I had assumed helping her daughter develop into … Continue reading “The Power of Partnering with Parents”

How to Overcome Common Challenges & Engage Parents

This month, our Research Roundups are focusing on Parent and Community Engagement, and this is the second part of a two-part RR. The first RR addressed some common methods and ideas to promote family and community involvement in schools. This article is for those of you who are ready to get parents involved or have … Continue reading “How to Overcome Common Challenges & Engage Parents”

Beyond Fundraising: Parent Involvement in Kids’ Character Development

When it comes to education, and character education in particular, there are many important key players: teachers, parents, and the community at large. Educating youth is a cooperative endeavor. And when schools, parents, and communities deliberately encourage similar values and goals, the opportunities for student success and growth become unlimited. During the month of September, … Continue reading “Beyond Fundraising: Parent Involvement in Kids’ Character Development”

Performance Character and How to Foster It

“It takes real character to keep working as hard or even harder once you’re there. When you read about an athlete or team that wins over and over and over, remind yourself, ‘More than ability, they have character.’ ” ― John Wooden, quoted in Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol S. Dweck What is performance … Continue reading “Performance Character and How to Foster It”

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”

How to Wean Kids from TV and Video Games and Back into L.I.F.E.

Noted psychologist and parenting expert Michele Borba serves on CEP’s Board of Directors and shares  her blogs with us. To read more check out her home page. Follow her on Twitter @micheleborba. The majority of parents admit their kids are in front of that TV more than they’d like, but with summer here that could … Continue reading “How to Wean Kids from TV and Video Games and Back into L.I.F.E.”

Can You Create ‘Quality Time’?

By Carey Casey  Leading up to Father’s Day, there’s a national campaign to remind fathers of the important role they play in their children’s lives. It uses a common phrase for its slogan: quality time. I endorse this, because we need dads embracing their roles, spending time with their kids, and making memories together. And … Continue reading “Can You Create ‘Quality Time’?”

Education as the Key to Equality: Where Does the Department of Education Stand?

I was privileged to attend the Washington Post’s summit on families and children earlier this month. What did I learn? That education remains the key ingredient for success for all American children, especially those living in poverty. While experts and politicians continue to debate the role of government in helping families, children, and communities, all … Continue reading “Education as the Key to Equality: Where Does the Department of Education Stand?”

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”

Helping Your Child Achieve Mature Independence

Children constantly strive for independence from the time they begin walking to the time they move out of the house, but parents continually stifle that quest for freedom. How? By telling their children what they should do, how they should do it, and where that should happen. You’ve probably been there with your child whose … Continue reading “Helping Your Child Achieve Mature Independence”

Day 1 Recap

We just wrapped up an outstanding first day at the 2012 the National Forum on Character Education – #cep2012. The day was filled with lots of excitement and energy.

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”

Help for Parents: 18 Tips to Protect Your Teen from Cyber-bullies

“A number of middle school students—including my daughter–are receiving vicious anonymous e-mails and text messages from peers. The school sent a letter home describing the problem as ‘cyber-bullying.’ What do I do to help my daughter? When do I worry? Do I call the police? HELP please!” – A concerned mother from Omaha, NE

Back to School, Back to Social Garbage

The following first appeared on Annie Fox’s blog and she has graciously allowed us to share it. We are so thrilled that she joined us at our 19th National Forum on Character Education this year! Thanks, Annie! So, summer’s winding down. I broke my arm, but at least I was enjoying a bike ride when … Continue reading “Back to School, Back to Social Garbage”

4 Safety Rules to Curb Cyber-bullying

REALITY CHECK: Did you know that a recent survey found that almost 70 percent of adolescents say the best way for them to be safe online is through education? Are you educating your child how to be safe online?

9 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Kids Reading

REALITY CHECK:Are you aware that kids can lose upward of three months’ worth of reading progress during summer break? The infamous “summer reading slump” is well documented and shows that learning declines in most kids during these lazy, crazy days, but especially so in reading. Kent State education professor, Timothy Rasinski, points out that this … Continue reading “9 Sure-Fire Ways to Get Kids Reading”

Preventing Academic Dishonesty: What Parents Can Do

Cheating, or academic dishonesty as many schools refer to the practice, is a problem that continues to persist in the field of education. And for teachers who aim to fill their students’ heads with knowledge and prepare them for the future, this is a serious issue. When students cheat they fail to fully engage in … Continue reading “Preventing Academic Dishonesty: What Parents Can Do”

Eight Secrets to Raise “Can Do” Kids


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