What's Happening in Character?

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: school climate, school safety, resiliency, school shooting

National School of Character Helps Neighboring School after Sandy

Posted by Lara Maupin on Thu, Nov 29, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

Richard Stockton Elementary (2012 National School of Character) students were busy in the week before Thanksgiving as they worked on their service efforts to help those impacted by Superstorm Sandy. On Tuesday, students, staff, and parents traveled with the donations they had collected to Brigantine, New Jersey, home of 2011 NSOC Brigantine Elementary.

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Topics: Service learning, National School of Character, resiliency

National Schools of Character Lead Post-Sandy Service Learning

Posted by Lara Maupin on Wed, Nov 21, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

Eloisa DeJesus-Woodruff, Principal of 2012 National School of Character (NSOC) Richard Stockton Elementary in Cherry Hill, New Jersey was so moved by the devastation being faced by her fellow citizens in New Jersey and New York in the wake of Sandy that she returned from the National Forum ready to act. She had a vision of mobilizing the National Schools of Character to help those in need – other NSOC communities that were impacted as well as anyone else who needed help through the Red Cross. She hoped her students could help others and would have the opportunity to share stories with other students in other communities around the country. Knowing the power of service learning in her own community, she envisioned how much impact the NSOCs could have by working together.

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Topics: CEPLeaders, Service learning, leadership, National School of Character, resiliency

Eight Secrets to Raise "Can Do" Kids

Posted by Michele Borba on Tue, Apr 24, 2012 @ 16:04 PM

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Topics: parent involvement, resiliency, Michele Borba

Resiliency in Youth: The Power of the Entrepreneur Mindset

Posted by Clifton Taulbert on Tue, Aug 30, 2011 @ 17:08 PM

When I was 13, I was hired by “Uncle Cleve,” a local entrepreneur who lived in my Mississippi Delta hometown of Glen Allan, to work with him at his Ice House. I had to wait on customers, cut the ice into multiple sizes, make change and be quick about it. I had to learn to speak up and to be polite even when I didn’t feel it was required. Even though I was only 13, I was involved in man’s work.

I found myself surrounded by a mindset of “I can and I will” …the thesis of my recent book, "Who Owns the Ice House?” The environment was so powerful that it gave me a new way of thinking. I didn’t have to do what everyone else was doing.

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Topics: National School of Character, National Forum, resiliency

Pulling up bootstraps

Posted by Rebecca Sipos on Tue, Jun 28, 2011 @ 17:06 PM

We’ve recently posted some great news articles on our Facebook page from around the country about communities that inject valuable character education into the local sports scenes.  The Major League Baseball Urban Youth Academy Leadership and Character Development Camp in Vero Beach, Florida emphasizes character education at their summer camp.  Midnight Basketball in Taylor, Texas is more informal, yet is a well-known gathering place for teens to play in a pick-up game at night and benefit from the wisdom and values shared by local mentors and leaders. 

On a similar note, this year’s Promising Practices winners include schools like Gallup Hill Elementary in Ledyard Connecticut and South Grafton Elementary in South Grafton, Massachusetts whose P.E. teachers have helped to transform the recess period into constructive game time using character education and organized athletic activity. Their actions have greatly diminished playground shenanigans and bullying and encouraged cooperative play and teamwork.

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Topics: character education in curriculum, resiliency, bullying advice