What's Happening in Character?

Helping our Children Create a New Normal through Stories

Posted by Ralph Singh on Thu, Mar 15, 2018 @ 09:03 AM

Stories are the original edutainment out of which all cultures flow. Before we had TVs, social media, books and formal plays we had stories. Families and communities would gather and listen to stories from elders. They would sing them, set them to music and dance, draw them, and most importantly enact them so that the essential values would be communicated and preserved.

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What Makes a Woman of Character? 

Posted by Heather Cazad, Freda Boateng, Sheril Morgan on Thu, Mar 8, 2018 @ 09:03 AM

Women have made incredible impact in the world.

Everywhere you go, there are women. Everywhere women are, we see character nutured. When it comes to exuding and embodying character, women from all walks of life like Rosa Parks (one of the figureheads of the Civil Rights Movement), and Malala Yousafzai (a proponent for the education of girls in Pakistan)  have encouraged, challenged inspired many women to work in cultivating good character within themselves.

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The Craft of Resilience in Sports

Posted by David McKinzie III on Thu, Mar 1, 2018 @ 09:03 AM

Sports have been a major part of my life since I was four years old. Growing up I played all kinds sports. Golf, football, and tennis are just some of the few. These activities gave me mental and physical strength to tackle hardships that came my way.  I learned that living the life of an athlete can shape and challenge one’s character in significant ways.

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How to Practice Perseverance in the Midst of Failure

Posted by First Tee on Thu, Feb 22, 2018 @ 09:02 AM

It’s no secret perseverance is key to achieving your goals. Even the most successful individuals face their share of defeat – it is part of the journey in reaching goals. One of the most valuable lessons youth can learn in their pursuit of success is to learn how to react to failure and to persevere.

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A Thriving Large-Scale Innovative and Successful Character Initiative

Posted by Karen Geller on Thu, Feb 15, 2018 @ 09:02 AM

“Every morning everybody makes a decision: they can let poverty, violence, tough neighborhoods influence how they come in to school, or they can say I’m in an environment that cares for me, respects me and is going to help me.” Principal Anabel Soler, North Park Academy

In January, 2017, CITRS (Character, Integrity, Trust, Relationships, Success) in partnership with Character Counts! (CC!) provided a pilot opportunity to the Buffalo Public School System to implement a ground-breaking three-year comprehensive character development initiative which has made huge strides in weaving character throughout the culture of the 21 schools selected.

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Reinforcing Values In Children 

Posted by Phyllis L. Fagell on Thu, Feb 8, 2018 @ 09:02 AM

“Good morning, Phyllis,” the man wrote. “I’m Tim, a stranger to you from Australia. I felt it was worth a chance to reach out to you. I woke up lost, started Googling and by chance found your article on connecting with boys.” He told me he was a 30-year-old single parent to an 11-year-old, and that he felt like he was failing as a father. I did the math and realized he was still a teen when he became a parent.  

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The Classroom as a Caring Community

Posted by Hal Urban on Tue, Feb 6, 2018 @ 12:02 PM

by Hal Urban

    I was a social studies teacher in a public high school for 36 years. I loved every minute of it! Well, at least almost every minute. In all honesty, my teaching career started out wonderfully, and got better each year.  I’m convinced that the key was good relationships. I was taught on my first day of graduate school in education that, “If you can reach ‘em, you can teach ‘em.” Starting with my student teaching, I put a lot energy into reaching my students, of making that all-important personal connection with them. 

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Topics: character education, teachers

Unintended Consequences of a Promising Practices

Posted by David Yeager on Thu, Feb 1, 2018 @ 11:02 AM

One hallmark of a great educator is the ability to live with the unintended consequences that commonly pop up with change. Changes in curriculum, instructional strategy, even bell schedules inevitably give rise to these unintended results – some benefits and others, drawbacks. Working with educators throughout the world who are contributing to our growing library of Promising Practices.

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Developing Character and Workforce Readiness in Students

Posted by Dr. Pamela Bruening on Thu, Jan 25, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

Besides talent, what determines the lasting success of someone in any career?  Ask 100 people that question, and most would likely attribute workplace success to character strengths such as perseverance, empathy, kindness, honesty, humility, etc. In fact, one could argue that the importance of character has increased in the 21st Century workplace. Elmer G. Letterman once said, “Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.” This is why it is necessary to promote core ethical values within students. Encouraging character traits helps students set good foundations so they are prepared for the workplace.   

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Parenting with the 11 Principles 

Posted by Sora Wondra on Thu, Jan 18, 2018 @ 09:01 AM

I have been with Character.org for more than 5 years now and have seen many awesome examples of Communities of Character built around the 11 Principles. While I’ve admired the courage and hard work of each of those journeys, I now find myself about to begin my own journey as I become a parent.

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