How do we build caring and productive communities?

Mobilizing people as caring citizens is not easy, but the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education produces successful results with students in engaging them with their communities. Schools of Character provide students with “opportunities for moral action,” which often translates to service learning. Through service learning, students are better connected to their neighborhoods as citizens.

Integrating service learning across the board is no simple task, however. Luckily, there are researchers and educators who have already developed the strategies and tools to guide us through the process. For professionals seeking guidance on community building, the 2016 National Forum on Character Education offers an array of development opportunities relevant to the issue at hand. I’ve highlighted a few for you below:

“We Can Feed Them All – Creating Social Change Through Service Learning”

Presented by Charlos Banks, Executive Director of Student Services at Guilford County Schools  

In this session, participants will learn how an urban school district addressed the hunger within their community through service experiences.

Beyond service work, part of engaging and growing communities also requires that leaders get stakeholders involved and educated.

“Growing Communities from the Inside Out.”

Presented by  Evett Barham, teacher, Pryor High School

This session not only illustrates ways to engage stakeholders, but also devises means to get the community excited about the work that’s being done, through social media campaigns and challenges.  

Social media is a largely untapped source in many communities. Educators and education officials can bridge gaps within the community by leading conversations online.

“The Power of the Hashtag”
Presented by Sheilah Jefferson-Isaac, assistant principal, Northern Parkway School and Lisa Stutts, Special Education Teacher, Northern Parkway School

At the 2016 National Forum, Sheila and Lisa will offer their perspective on how social media and tech tools enhanced the learning experiences and character development of their school’s community.

Through service work and online conversations, educators can guide the movement within their communities of engaging citizens. Participants at the 2016 National Forum on Character Education will receive a certificate for 16 professional development hours at the end of the Forum. With these strategies in hand,  you will be ready to take the lead in developing citizenship within your students.

Don’t miss the opportunity to meet other educators and community leaders, and register now to continue building your community of character at  #Character2016!

Register by June 15th, and save $100!