What's Happening in Character Education?

I Am Grateful.

Posted by Rebecca Sipos on Thu, Nov 17, 2016 @ 09:11 AM


I just finished reading Brain on Fire , a powerful memoir of journalist Susannah Cahalan’s descent into madness. It is a gripping personal story as well as a fascinating look at the cutting edge of neuroscience. But one small story in the book really captured my heart--the story of Dr. Souhel Najjar, the doctor who was instrumental in diagnosing Cahalan’s disease. No one else had been able to figure it out. Dr. Najjar was impressive with his heartfelt and sympathetic bedside manner, but it was his backstory that touched me and explained why he had such an affection for the weak and the powerless.
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Topics: role models, Reflection

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: role models, character, moral character, empathy

The Content of Our Character

Posted by Mark Hyatt on Mon, Aug 12, 2013 @ 21:08 PM

By Mark Hyatt
President & CEO

This Aug. 28 will mark the 50th anniversary of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s iconic “I Have A Dream” speech—or as we like to refer to it at CEP, his “Content of Character” speech.
From the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, addressing more than 250,000 civil rights supporters who had gathered in 1963 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation, Dr. King reportedly had not intended to list examples of his “dream.”

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Topics: Character Education News, role models, character, character education, leadership, president's post, teachable moments

Character & Class: Why We Love #42

Posted by Dave Keller on Wed, Jul 17, 2013 @ 20:07 PM

By Dave Keller, Director of Transformation & Strategic Initiatives

The moment last night was powerful and uplifting --- and well deserved.

In the history of Major League Baseball, no one has done what New
York Yankees’ relief pitcher Mariano Rivera has done.  Simply put:  He is the greatest closing relief pitcher ever.

But that’s not why I’m writing about him in a character blog. 

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Topics: role models, character, character education, core values, sports

Empathy: To lead is to listen and to learn

Posted by Mark Hyatt on Thu, Jul 4, 2013 @ 14:07 PM

Thank goodness my wife opened my eyes to the importance of empathy before I became a father and a school leader. To be honest, for the first half of my life, I was so driven to achieve the task at hand that I struggled to understand why some people just couldn’t show up, get to work and do what they had to do. By definition, “empathy” is accurately understanding what another person is feeling.  If we understand the content of what the other person is saying, but cannot correctly identify the emotion that person is feeling, then we are not demonstrating empathy and we are not even aware of our deficiency. 

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Topics: CEPLeaders, role models, Forum Speakers, school climate, parent involvement, president's post, moral character, core values, National Forum, empathy

Can You Create 'Quality Time'?

Posted by Rebecca Sipos on Tue, Jun 11, 2013 @ 13:06 PM

By Carey Casey 

Leading up to Father’s Day, there’s a national campaign to remind fathers of the important role they play in their children’s lives. It uses a common phrase for its slogan: quality time.

I endorse this, because we need dads embracing their roles, spending time with their kids, and making memories together. And time is one of the most important, basic commitments that a father makes. Quality time with your kids is a great goal.

At the same time, I hope that term doesn’t give you the wrong idea as a dad ...

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Topics: role models, character, parent involvement, family

Lessons in Character and Integrity from Les Miserables

Posted by Joe Mazzola on Mon, Feb 11, 2013 @ 12:02 PM

It seems like everyone just can’t get enough of Les Miserables.  It’s the world’s longest running musical, now seen by 60M people in 42 countries.  Along the way, it’s received 96 major international awards.  The most recent movie version is a box office smash, earning eight Academy Awards nominations.

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Topics: role models, character, integrity, moral character, ethics

Happy Holidays and A Call to Action from Mark Hyatt

Posted by Mark Hyatt on Tue, Dec 25, 2012 @ 10:12 AM

Dear CEP Family—

 

On behalf of the entire CEP staff and Board of Directors, I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and New Year. 

Like most of America in these uncharacteristically somber days, we at CEP are filled with great sadness as the K-12 community from coast to coast takes its winter break and bids farewell to 2012. We are sad because we know that too many young people are still suffering in our society, due to many factors, not the least of which is violence in schools and surrounding neighborhoods.

Earlier this month, in the wake of the monstrous tragedy that occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, CT, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “Our schools should and must be one of the safest places in society. Now is the time for another, ‘quieter heroism’ in our schools—the courage to move forward, to continue to teach and lead children, and to take smart precautions to minimize the risk of future tragedies.”

We share this commitment to press onward with both courage and character. In 2013, CEP will take up this cause with hope and renewed purpose to help more families, schools and communities surround our young people with life-affirming experiences, role models and media that encourage them to be their best selves.

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Topics: role models, parent involvement, leadership, president's post, school safety

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

What Does It Mean to be a Character Role Model?

Posted by Bradley Warner on Tue, Nov 13, 2012 @ 09:11 AM

In my last blog I challenged myself, and probably meant to challenge you as well, by asking, “What am I going to do about my character development that will have a positive impact on my students?” In this blog I will explain one example of how I have attempted to answer this question in my classroom.

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