What's Happening in Character?

Sweta Haldar

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Save the Date for CEP's 2013 Forum

Posted by Sweta Haldar on Fri, Apr 5, 2013 @ 11:04 AM

No one better understands the social challenges today's students face than educators. Last year, passionate character educators from around the world gathered to discuss pressing issues within education. CEP formally invites you to our 20th annual 2013 National Forum on Character Education, the ideal place to gain concrete ideas to improve your school. 

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Topics: character education, National Forum

Bullied By Our Own Misconceptions: Do We Define Bullying Too Broadly?

Posted by Sweta Haldar on Wed, Mar 20, 2013 @ 12:03 PM

By Rob McManamy

Emily Bazelon seems to be everywhere these days. From Boston to Seattle, Chicago to Austin, TX, and points in between, the New Haven, CT-based author, reporter, lawyer and mother is on a mission promoting her well-received new book, STICKS AND STONES: Defeating the Culture of Bullying and Rediscovering the Power of Character and Empathy. As just part of her multimedia offensive, this week she penned an Op-Ed for The New York Times and last month Bazelon appeared as a guest on The Colbert Report (where she famously made the satirical host cry!)

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Promising Practices Spotlight: Bayless Elementary School

Posted by Sweta Haldar on Mon, Mar 11, 2013 @ 09:03 AM

Bayless Elementary School – St. Louis, MO

Program: Character Camp

Bayless Elementary School in St. Louis, Missouri, created a year-end celebration called Character Camp. This Promising Practice empowers students, teachers, and parents to research and create various stations that emphasize the character traits.

Here’s an example of how it worked one year. First, the teachers came up with a theme for the camp, e.g., “Where in the world is Character Carl?” Next, the students and teachers held class meetings to choose a destination for Character Carl to visit. The students had to research the destination so they’d be able to represent the location (through decorations) at the activity site. The decorations were also used at Character Camp, to tie it all together.

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Topics: character, character education, character education in curriculum

Promising Practices Spotlight: Baldwin High

Posted by Sweta Haldar on Fri, Mar 8, 2013 @ 11:03 AM

Baldwin High School – Baldwin City, KS

Program: Mardi Gras Diversity Day

The Special Education department at Baldwin High School in Baldwin City, Kansas, has developed their own Promising Practice called Mardi Gras Diversity Day. It is a day full of activities involving the entire student body, faculty, and community members. Special education students from area high schools are invited to participate as well.

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Reducing School Violence by Teaching Empathy

Posted by Sweta Haldar on Tue, Feb 26, 2013 @ 11:02 AM


By Ed DeRoche

"If your emotional abilities aren't in hand, if you don't have self-awareness, if you are not able to manage your distressing emotions, if you can't have empathy and have effective relationships, then no matter how smart you are, you are not going to get very far.
" -  Professor Daniel Goleman

Over the past month, we have had informal discussions at the Center about violence from bullying to bullets.  Teachers and parents, given the events of the past few months, seem to be struggling to find ways and resources to help their children be more in touch with their feelings and concerns about what happens to themselves and others.  Thus, I want to say a few words about empathy.

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Topics: character education, school climate, core values, school safety

Tips from the Trenches: Student Services

Posted by Sweta Haldar on Tue, Feb 19, 2013 @ 10:02 AM


By Dr. Stephen Sroka
During the last few months, I have had the chance to talk with several speakers who strongly affected their audiences. I started to think about the remarkable leaders with whom I have worked over the years and how they have made huge differences with their incredible wisdom, insights, and actions. I contacted some of them and asked them to comment on working in education in these difficult times. I asked them to share some take-away messages, things that if they were speaking, they would want their audience to remember.

Students are more than grade-point averages. Often they are faced with many barriers to effective education. Dealing with the whole child, and not just the academic child, can help  facilitate learning. Safe and healthy students learn more. Here are some "Tips from the Trenches" about the value of supporting students.

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Topics: testing, bullying advice, school climate, school safety

Tips from the Trenches: School Safety

Posted by Sweta Haldar on Tue, Feb 5, 2013 @ 12:02 PM


By Dr. Stephen Sroka
During the last few months, I have had the chance to talk with several speakers who strongly affected their audiences. I started to think about the remarkable leaders with whom I have worked over the years and how they have made huge differences with their incredible wisdom, insights, and actions. I contacted some of them and asked them to comment on working in education in these difficult times. I asked them to share some take-away messages, things that if they were speaking, they would want their audience to remember.

School safety was a front page story following the tragic shooting deaths of 28 people, including 20 children, at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. Students need a  safe school to learn. Most of these "Tips from the Trenches" regarding school safety were written before the Connecticut shootings.

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Topics: school climate, school safety

Committing to the Sandy Hook Promise

Posted by Sweta Haldar on Tue, Jan 15, 2013 @ 17:01 PM

 By Russell J. Sojourner, Ph.D

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Topics: resiliency, school climate, school shooting, school safety

Character Education in the Digital Age

Posted by Sweta Haldar on Tue, Jan 8, 2013 @ 13:01 PM

Note: This is one in a series of excerpts from Jason Ohler’s book, Digital Community, Digital Citizenship, which explores the development of character education for those living a digital lifestyle.

PARTYCIPATION: SETTING THE STAGE

Digital citizenship is the term the world of K12 education has adopted to describe the many ethical and character education issues associated with living a digital lifestyle. While it might seem that the values associated with character education are eternal and wouldn’t change with the evolution of technology, the fact is that enough has changed that we need to call special attention to the unique issues associated with living side by side with the immensely powerful machines of our own creation, within a massively interconnected digital community. This is particularly true for our children, for whom technology and the issues associated with its use are largely invisible.

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Topics: integrity, character education in high school, ethics