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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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Everything You Need to Know about Character Day

Posted by Sora Wondra on Wed, Sep 21, 2016 @ 09:09 AM

What is Character Day?

Character Day is tomorrow, Thursday, September 22. The beauty of it is that it can be whatever you want it to be! It is the day to have conversations about character, to hold an event or kick off a new initiative. It’s a great day to connect with others in your community to learn about their commitment to character. Tomorrow is a great opportunity to use the Character Day films and discussions as a powerful catalyst for reflection.

While we believe that every day is Character Day, it’s nice to set this day aside to spread the message to a new group or to focus in and begin a longer-term conversation. Part of the beauty of Character Day is you can develop an event around just about anything related to character. In fact, this year, Character.org D.C. staff decided we wished we knew our neighbors better, so we’re holding an open house on Character Day to get to know one another.

While we always like flexible approaches, maybe you’re looking to learn more specifics about Character Day and get some ideas for how to celebrate.

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Topics: Character Day

The Kindness of Strangers: Help a Kid Gear Up for School

Posted by Sora Wondra on Wed, Aug 21, 2013 @ 11:08 AM

By Connie Matthiessen, Associate Editor of Great Schools
(re-posted with permission)

Back to school may be the second biggest shopping season of the year, but my family usually doesn’t join the stampede. My kids aren’t big shoppers, and neither am I; besides, times are tight. Someone will inevitably need a new pair of shoes or a hoodie; I’ll pick up socks, a few shirts, the school supplies their teachers request, and leave it at that.

But I’m bracing for this year to be different. My daughter grew at least six inches over the last year, and she’s starting high school – a combination that amounts to a back-to-school perfect storm.

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Topics: character, moral character, role models, empathy

Character Education Data and the New Character Map

Posted by Sora Wondra on Fri, Jul 26, 2013 @ 12:07 PM


By Sora Wondra, Advancement Officer

CEP often receives inquiries from researchers asking about state-level character education legislation or from teachers and parents who are interested in finding a local National School of Character. In order to share this valuable information with a larger audience, Character.org has developed a new at-a-glance tool—the Character Map.

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Topics: character education, Character Education News, National School of Character, NSOC, patriotism

How Can Schools and Districts of Character Create Safe and Civil Schools?

Posted by Sora Wondra on Tue, May 21, 2013 @ 10:05 AM

Can character education be implemented in a huge, diverse school district where students speak over 100 languages? Fort Bend says “yes!” and is advocating for comprehensive character education because they are so happy with the results.

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Topics: character education, NSOC