What's Happening in Character Education?

To Err is Human, To Forgive... well, that's Character.

Posted by Rob McManamy on Thu, Nov 8, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

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Topics: character, CEP2012, moral character

Why do these National Schools of Character do character education?

Posted by Adam Williams on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 @ 18:11 PM

This afternoon the National Forum on Character Education was celebrated the 20 public schools, 3 private schools, 1 charter school, and 1 school district who became National Schools of Character this year. In a May press release, Lara Maupin stated that “These schools have built strong communities that bring people together around shared goals. Nobody feels alone or unwelcome in these schools. Adults are all on the same page about what’s important and, as a result, kids thrive.”

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Topics: character, character education, CEP2012, character education in curriculum, Education News, National School of Character

How can we create more just and democratic schools?

Posted by Adam Williams on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 @ 17:11 PM

In Marvin Berkowitz’s Hot Topic discussion this afternoon, he didn’t hesitate to cut right to the point. “We need to make schools less like prisons,” he said. “When you think about it, it’s disconcerting how much the analogy fits. How can we create more enlightened and just schools?” Marvin’s talk focused on utilizing empowerment and democracy to accomplish this. 

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Topics: CEPLeaders, key lessons, character, character education, CEP2012, cheating, student voice, core values, what works in education, CEPForum10, character education in high school, Character Ed Infused in Curriculum

Proud to Present our 2012 Promising Practices for Character Education

Posted by Jesse Marble on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 @ 17:11 PM


A record number of Promising Practices were awarded this afternoon during the 19th annual National Forum on Character Education. Lisa Greeves, Promising Practices program director, presented delegations from many of the 297 Promising Practices winners. The ceremony featured guest speaker Charles Haynes, Chairman of the Board at CEP, and was  Promising Practices put one or more of the 11 Principles into action. Learn more and  Download 11 Principles
The variety of programs included: 
  • Ellisville Elementary School in Ellisville, MO: using character traits in ballroom dancing (CEP VP gave the delegate from Ellisville a quick preview of his ballroom skills)
  • Comsewogue High school in Port Jefferson Station, NY: SUSS (Students United for Safe Schools) students focus interventions on bullying to change the social norm. The Comseqogue delegation included seven current students!
  • Babler Elementary School in Glencoe, MO : Their "A Leader in Me" program helps students identify one of their strengths that they can encourage in others.
  • Cranford High school in Cranford, NJ: Blankets of Love - students band together to make fun, colorful blankets for kids with cancer.
  • Green Pines Elementary School in Greenwood, MO: Gators Earn, Learn, and Give Back - Students raised money via a book drive and garage sale to make money for the local food bank. 
  • Jefferson Elementary Elementary in Greensboro, NC. Delivers character traits via a recurring puppet show program during their daily show. 
CEP awards schools and districts for exemplary practices that encourage the ethical, social and academic growth of K-12 students. Winning practices include creative ways to help students give back to their schools and communities, raise academic expectations and achievement, decrease bullying, increase tolerance and solve conflicts peacefully. 

"Math and reading are so important. And what counts is what KIND of human beings are doing the math and reading the books."
-CEP Chairman of the Board, Charles Haynes
For a full list and more details on all 297 Promising Practices recipients, go to the CEP website.  http://www.character.org/schools-of-character/promising-practices-overview/ 
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Topics: character, CEP2012, promising practices

The Fundamentals of Social Media

Posted by Tucker Wannamaker on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 @ 13:11 PM

On Saturday morning, conference attendees participated in a session on the fundamental - though rarely practiced - keys to success using social media. Here are a few takeaways from the session: 

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Topics: character, CEP2012, social media

Character Beyond the Classroom: Cesar Chavez and Fred Korematsu

Posted by Adam Williams on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 @ 11:11 AM

Family members of two iconic American civil rights leaders joined the CEP2012 attendees Friday to address the connection between character and taking important public action. Anthony Chavez, the grandson of Cesar Chavez, and Karen Korematsu, the daughter of Fred Korematsu, shared personal stories, inspiring visions, and core values from their experiences with these two leaders. 

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Topics: character education, CEP2012, leadership, moral character, community of character, CEPForum10

2012 Promising Practices In Character Education Winners

Posted by Jesse Marble on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 @ 01:11 AM

We love ideas -- new, creative, and powerful ways to effectively integrate character education into the lives of students who need it. This afternoon, we were treated to a peak into the world of this year's amazing crop of Promising Practices recipients! Check out an amazing and passionate group of students from Comsewogue High School in New York involved in a program called Students United for Safe Schools:

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Topics: character education, CEP2012, promising practices, international

The Powerful Effect of Parenting

Posted by Adam Williams on Sat, Nov 3, 2012 @ 00:11 AM

When keynote presenter Paul Tough became a dad, he never thought he would be using parenting techniques he learned from rats. Tough delivered a compelling keynote address today during our afternoon session at the National Forum on Character Education. "Parents and other caregivers who are able to form close, nurturing relationships with their children can foster resilience in them that protects them from many of the worst effects of a harsh early environment."  Amazingly, we see strong evidence of this in the behavior of lab rats. The effect of good parenting is not just emotional or physiological. Neuroscientists say it is biochemical.

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Topics: key lessons, character, Forum Speakers, CEP2012

Michele Borba's Essential 6 R’s of Bullying Prevention

Posted by Adam Williams on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 @ 17:11 PM


Internationally recognized expert and author Michele Borba gave attendees a tour-de-force of the critical components of effective bullying prevention. Most people don’t realize what an issue bullying is in the United States, but a few statistics make it clear that we have an epidemic. Today, 1 in 3 US students are bullied. Rates are similarly high and rising internationally, where 1 in 5 students is bullied. The problem is so bad that the US National School Safety Center has stated that bullying is “the most enduring and underrated problem in American schools.” 

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Topics: character, Forum Speakers, CEP2012, Borba Michele, cyberbullying, Michele Borba, bullying advice

National School of Character Case Study- Plattin Primary in Missouri

Posted by Jesse Marble on Fri, Nov 2, 2012 @ 16:11 PM

When Sara leaves her house each day, she know she has loving teachers waiting. Every day that 8-year-old Sara goes to school, educators at Plattin Primary in Festus, Missouri make sure she encounters a culture of character. Plattin students start each day off with a curbside greeting from their principle and PE teacher. Once inside the building, students continue to be welcomed by loving staff as well their teachers who meet each student at the entrance to their classrooms.

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Topics: character, character education, CEP2012, NSOC