Character Matters

By Becky Sipos, President & CEO

David Brooks, NY Times columnist and 2013 Forum keynote speaker, wrote in a that “Nearly every parent on earth operates on the assumption that character matters a lot to the life outcomes of their children. Nearly every government antipoverty program operates on the assumption that it doesn’t.” As he went on to stress the importance of character and noted the social research that shows its importance, I was cheering him on. I was still with him as he described research that shows that proper experiences can improve performance values such as resilience and self-control.
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The Character Education Partnership Welcomes Nicholas Kristof as Keynote Speaker for its 21st National Forum on Character Education

Washington, D.C. – July 16 – The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, is pleased to announce that New York Times columnist and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner Nicholas Kristof will keynote its 21st annual National Forum on Character Education held October 30-Novembver 2, 2014 in Washington, DC.

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National Nonprofit Announces Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Kristie Fink has been a leader of America’s character education movement for more than two decades. She has served and made remarkable differences at the local, state and national levels. The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has chosen Kristin Danielson Fink, a faculty member at Utah State University, to receive the 2014 Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education.
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Character Education Partnership Names Sheril Morgan New Director of Schools of Character

June 3, 2014 – Washington, D.C. – The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, is pleased to announce the hiring of Sheril Morgan as its new director of schools of character. Morgan hails from Muskogee, Oklahoma, and is an award-winning educator who was recently named Muskogee Public Schools Teacher of the Year. Before accepting the position with CEP, she was Co-coordinator for Oklahoma Schools of Character.

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Character Education Partnership Announces 2014 National Schools of Character

May 15, 2014 – Washington, D.C. – The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, today named 41 schools and three districts as 2014 National Schools of Character (NSOC). These schools and districts have demonstrated, through a rigorous evaluation process that character development infused in the curriculum and schools showcased positive impact on the schools’ academics, student behavior, and school climate.

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