What's Happening in Character?

Katie Hood

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Model Good Character with Eco-Friendly Holiday Gifts

Posted by Katie Hood on Mon, Dec 3, 2012 @ 11:12 AM

Unless your pantry closely resembles the Back to School department at your local Walmart, buying new school supplies each year is something every parent can count on. Not only does it cost money, but supplying students with paper and other school-related items can put a damper on the environment and the world's resources.

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Topics: character, what works in education, moral character, role models

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

Posted by Katie Hood on Tue, Nov 20, 2012 @ 16:11 PM

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. 

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Topics: character, Education News, National School of Character, leadership

Earth Day Service-Learning Ideas

Posted by Katie Hood on Tue, Apr 17, 2012 @ 16:04 PM

Many educators believe that when a student has a personal connection to the subject that they are studying, student retention is higher and true learning takes place. Connecting emotion to academics gives students and teachers a way to learn together, while still embracing the new core standards. Service and project-based learning is a perfect way to infuse the curriculum with an emotional component.

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Topics: Service learning, character education in curriculum

CEP and The Virtues Project Offer Free Tickets to See the Movie Bully

Posted by Katie Hood on Mon, Apr 2, 2012 @ 17:04 PM

If you live in Washington, DC area and have a stake in our nation's education, you are invited to reserve your ticket today to see the movie Bully for free. Only 250 tickets are available. If you do not reserve a ticket, you are not guaranteed admission to this event.

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Topics: bullying advice, Education News, Character Education News

Character Education Isn't a Quick Fix, but Well Worth the Effort.

Posted by Katie Hood on Fri, Jan 6, 2012 @ 16:01 PM

I recently listened to a radio show that discusses issues in American education. This day's particular show focused on character education and featured Crestwood Elementary School (MO) principal Scott Taylor.

The most striking thing I realized while listening to the show was that the most common issues in education: bullying, poor academic performance, pressure for students to reach test scores rather than truly learn just aren't issues at NSOCs.

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Topics: character education, key lessons, National School of Character, what works in education

When Legal Isn't Enough: Penn State's Moral Character Issues

Posted by Katie Hood on Tue, Nov 15, 2011 @ 17:11 PM

As you have probably heard by now, Penn State’s illustrious football program is in shambles following allegations that several boys were molested by Jerry Sandusky, former defensive coordinator, in a Penn State facility as part of a program hosted by the school.

The school officials’ decision not to report the assault to the police is disappointing, shocking, and unfathomable for many.

The events are not only an embarrassment to the school, but raise serious issues about the school’s quality of ethics in its leaders. The university fired legendary coach Joe Paterno and several other high-ranking officials since they failed to report the abuse to authorities.

A letter from Penn State University president Rodney Erickson stated his commitment to reinforce the moral imperative of doing the right thing, to lead by example, to be transparent during investigations, to respect the victims and their families, and to provide resources to help prevent future attacks.

Sadly, however, this is not the first time Penn State (and other colleges and universities nationally) has turned a blind eye to sexual offenses.

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Topics: integrity, ethics, moral character