One of the things I always liked about teaching is that each year brings a beginning and a closure. Most jobs don’t have that; days and years tend to run together, with varying projects, perhaps, but no ceremonial starts and stops. Of course, for education, the biggest ceremony of all is graduation.Read More
What's Happening in Character?
As I contemplate my retirement at the end of this month, I have been reflecting a lot about Character.org and the state of character today. As an organization, we have much to celebrate. Some notable numbers:
- Largest group of National Schools of Character in our 2016 class
- Significant growth in applicants for 2017 from 28 different states, 12 more than last year
- Most participants ever in our National Forum
- Highest ratings ever for programming--both at the conference and in recent trainings (more than 90% out rated sessions a 4 or 5 out of 5 )
- Recent grants and donations are spurring new momentum and innovations. (Look for a redesigned and improved website in 2017.)
By Becky Sipos, President & CEO
Character.org’s vision is young people everywhere who are educated, inspired and empowered to be ethical and engaged citizens. As Presidents’ Day approaches, I’ve been thinking about the “ethical and engaged citizens” aspect. It’s a part of our mission statement as well. How are we doing?