How does a school shape character?

  The time had come, my work at our school was done; I could feel it with every fiber of my being. Not because I didn’t like my school anymore, but because I’d grown to love them so much. And when you love something that deeply, you know when it’s time to let go and […]

The Benefits of Character Education

It’s as clear in my mind today as it was thirty years ago, in 1988, when we got a notice from our school district that the time had come to teach core values. They were calling it Character Education (CE); what it meant for me as a district employee was that I was to write […]

Character Building Games

In my two and a half decades as a school counselor, caregivers and parents repeatedly asked me if I could give their child some self-esteem, as if it were something that we could package up and hand to them with a beautiful bow on top. And while I couldn’t technically give them their self-esteem, I […]

Unplug & Plug In: 4 Ways To Engage Kids and Disconnect from Screen Time

It was late last spring when I first heard an intermediate-aged student use the word rage while talking about his gaming. It was around the table at my Counselor Cafe and it went something like this: Sometimes I get so hooked in to my game that I start to rage. Wait, what? To be fair, […]

Appreciating Teachers

It has been said that what we appreciate, appreciates; I know that when it comes to Teacher Appreciation Week, this adage absolutely rings true. While teaching has its intrinsic rewards, big and small, every single moment of each and every day, it can also be at times lonely and nebulous. A week set aside to […]

Why Mindset Matters

Why Mindset Matters   We used to believe that our intelligence is fixed, that we were born predisposed to a certain IQ. We now know that the brain acts like a muscle and that the more we use it, the stronger it becomes. What is growth mindset (1)? A person with a growth mindset believes […]

Happy Veterans Day 2017

Happy Veterans Day 2017 A time to honor. A time to celebrate. A time to thank. A time to remember. A time to look back. A time to look ahead.   On the 11th day of the 11th month at the 11th hour in 1918, an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations began; since […]

Top Character Education Programs

So you want to beef up your character education efforts, maybe even head down Character Road to pursue the distinction of State School of Character or National School of Character, but you’re not quite sure where to start? No worries; here is a sampling of the myriad of helpful character education programs, tools and resources […]

11 Principles of Character Education

The 11 Principles of Effective Character Education are the corner­stone of Charac­ter.org’s philosophy on effective character education. Each principle outlines vital aspects of character education initia­tives that should not be overlooked in program implem­ent­ation. From curriculum integr­ation to extra-­cur­ricular activi­ties, from parent and community partne­rships to staff develo­pment, the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education […]