It’s no secret perseverance is key to achieving your goals. Even the most successful individuals face their share of defeat – it is part of the journey in reaching goals. One of the most valuable lessons youth can learn in their pursuit of success is to learn how to react to failure and to persevere.Read More
What's Happening in Character?
“Every morning everybody makes a decision: they can let poverty, violence, tough neighborhoods influence how they come in to school, or they can say I’m in an environment that cares for me, respects me and is going to help me.” Principal Anabel Soler, North Park Academy
In January, 2017, CITRS (Character, Integrity, Trust, Relationships, Success) in partnership with Character Counts! (CC!) provided a pilot opportunity to the Buffalo Public School System to implement a ground-breaking three-year comprehensive character development initiative which has made huge strides in weaving character throughout the culture of the 21 schools selected.Read More
“Good morning, Phyllis,” the man wrote. “I’m Tim, a stranger to you from Australia. I felt it was worth a chance to reach out to you. I woke up lost, started Googling and by chance found your article on connecting with boys.” He told me he was a 30-year-old single parent to an 11-year-old, and that he felt like he was failing as a father. I did the math and realized he was still a teen when he became a parent.Read More
by Hal Urban
I was a social studies teacher in a public high school for 36 years. I loved every minute of it! Well, at least almost every minute. In all honesty, my teaching career started out wonderfully, and got better each year. I’m convinced that the key was good relationships. I was taught on my first day of graduate school in education that, “If you can reach ‘em, you can teach ‘em.” Starting with my student teaching, I put a lot energy into reaching my students, of making that all-important personal connection with them.Read More
One hallmark of a great educator is the ability to live with the unintended consequences that commonly pop up with change. Changes in curriculum, instructional strategy, even bell schedules inevitably give rise to these unintended results – some benefits and others, drawbacks. Working with educators throughout the world who are contributing to our growing library of Promising Practices.Read More
Besides talent, what determines the lasting success of someone in any career? Ask 100 people that question, and most would likely attribute workplace success to character strengths such as perseverance, empathy, kindness, honesty, humility, etc. In fact, one could argue that the importance of character has increased in the 21st Century workplace. Elmer G. Letterman once said, “Personality can open doors, but only character can keep them open.” This is why it is necessary to promote core ethical values within students. Encouraging character traits helps students set good foundations so they are prepared for the workplace.Read More
I have been with Character.org for more than 5 years now and have seen many awesome examples of Communities of Character built around the 11 Principles. While I’ve admired the courage and hard work of each of those journeys, I now find myself about to begin my own journey as I become a parent.
In September, I wrote a blog for Character.org about the challenges --- and resiliency--- of my hometown Houston, Texas, in the wake of the devastating floods from Hurricane Harvey.Read More
If you surveyed one hundred people on what they believe is the most important quality in a friendship, you'd likely get about a hundred different answers. Actually, if someone had asked me that just a few months ago, I'd probably waver back and forth between that many myself!Read More
There are two faces to the academic accountability phenomenon. On the one hand there is the reductionist perversion of education that is often referred to as high stakes testing. You know, the governmental requirements to evaluate schools based on some narrow and questionable metrics, usually statewide academic test scores, coupled with little of the carrot and lots of the stick.Read More