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Remembering Columbine

Posted by Dave Keller on Mon, Apr 20, 2015 @ 16:04 PM

Remembering Columbine

by Dr. Dave Keller, Character.org

Today marks the 16th anniversary of the horrific Columbine High School massacre in Littleton, Colorado.  On April 20, 1999, the world watched in unspeakable horror as Columbine students Eric Harris and Dylan Klebold murdered twelve fellow students and a teacher --- and wounded 23 others --- before both committing suicide. 

In many ways, it is hard to fathom that it has been 16 years since that awful day.  It still seems far too fresh and all-too-sadly relevant. 

In the years since then, there have been several other ghastly incidents of school violence and tragedy across America and the world. Each of these heinous events impacted local communities and national consciences.  The collective pain of these events impacts each of us in real and tangible ways, often on a daily basis.

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Topics: school climate, school safety

School Safety Summit Recap Part 2

Posted by Rob McManamy on Mon, Nov 11, 2013 @ 14:11 PM

School Safety Summit a weighty, timely success: Impresses importance of crisis management plans
Part 2 of a blog reporting on CEP’s 2013 National School Safety Summit on October 24th. The summit included presentations and discussions which largely fell into two broad categories: preventing violence with improved school climate and engagement, and crisis management responses to active situations of violence. See part 1 on school climate and stakeholder engagement

Meeting in the wake of yet another school shooting—this one in Sparks, NV—speakers and attendees at CEP’s first-ever ‘School Safety Summit’ Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C., rallied around the ideas of  greater student engagement, wider community involvement and more robust support from the federal government.

“We are gathered here today with school violence again in the news,” noted John Barry, former superintendent of Aurora (CO) Public Schools. “From the 12-year-old who shot a teacher in Nevada to the 14-year-old who stabbed a teacher in Massachusetts this week, we are reminded that unfortunately, all of our jobs now must include training in crisis management.”

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Topics: character education, school safety, school shootings, school shooting

School Safety Summit Recap: Part 1

Posted by Rob McManamy on Fri, Nov 8, 2013 @ 07:11 AM

Part 1 of a blog reporting on CEP’s 2013 National School Safety Summit on Oct. 24. The summit included presentations and discussions which largely fell into two broad categories: preventing violence with improved school climate and engagement, and crisis management responses to active situations of violence. Look for the second part on crisis management and active shooter situations in coming days.

School safety promoted by engaging students, parents and promoting dialogue

Meeting in the wake of yet another school shooting—this one in Sparks, NV—speakers and attendees at CEP’s first-ever School Safety Summit Oct. 24 in Washington, D.C., rallied around the ideas of  greater student engagement, wider community involvement and more robust support from the federal government.

Dr. Michele Borba, the first speaker at the summit, said school safety is not only about preparing for a crisis—it’s about creating a safe school climate where bullying is reduced and students trust faculty and staff. Since most school shooters tell someone (usually a peer) before the event, creating trusting relationships with adults and mechanisms for students to anonymously report threats can make huge strides in preventing a tragedy.

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Topics: character education, school climate, Borba Michele, school safety, school shootings

Q. What can schools do to keep students safe?

Posted by Rebecca Sipos on Mon, Nov 4, 2013 @ 20:11 PM

From the 2013 NSOC magazine: Edited by Joseph Mazzola with permission of the authors

In the wake of too many school shooting tragedies, we at CEP know that educators and parents in every school community are looking for solutions that work, so we posed this question to several national experts, and here is what they had to say.

A. From studying thousands of schools, we know that many students feel very unsafe.
We also know that educators and parents underestimate how unsafe the students feel. There are many experiences—individual, interpersonal, and organizationally—that can contribute to students feeling and/or being unsafe. And there is not a simple or single solution to this very complex problem. Short term curriculum and programs do not typically make a difference. However, there are some school-wide processes, as well as teaching strategies and one-on-one methods, which can lead to students feeling and being safer in schools. Here are some that align perfectly with CEP’s Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education and our Center’s school climate reform efforts.

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Topics: school climate, school safety, school shootings, community of character

Creating Safe Spaces that Nurture Learning

Posted by Mark Hyatt on Sat, Aug 31, 2013 @ 12:08 PM

When it comes to flourishing in school nowadays, scientific evidence is mounting that confirms what many of us have suspected all along—that if we want children to truly learn, and to perform better in life as both students and citizens, then we have to educate them in an environment that they see as safe, caring and nurturing. In short, school social climate matters, so social and emotional learning (SEL), combined with character education, just may be the magical combination that makes academic growth possible.

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Topics: CEPLeaders, Character Education News, character, character education, school safety, Hyatt Mark, social-emotional learning, Elias Maurice

Extra Early Bird Promotion Discount Ends Soon!

Posted by Jesse Marble on Fri, Jul 12, 2013 @ 09:07 AM

 

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Topics: Forum Speakers, school climate, promising practices, school safety, National School of Character, National Forum, international summit

Be More Than a Bystander: Speak Up Against Bullying and Violence

Posted by Rob McManamy on Tue, Apr 16, 2013 @ 10:04 AM

Since I started working with CEP over a year ago, I have found myself looking at virtually everything I do—see, hear, read about, etc.—through a prism of right-and-wrong, searching for a teachable moment in just about every action. But even so, I still feel that my experiences over the last five weeks have been unusually dominated by one recurring theme: the importance of speaking up.

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Topics: integrity, school safety, bullying advice

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, school safety, core values

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: school climate, school safety, testing, bullying advice

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