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.
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.
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.
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.
By Rebecca Sipos
Last month I had the honor of presenting at New Jersey’s State Schools of Character Recognition Ceremony, and I got to hear a great keynote from Rutgers psychology professor Maurice Elias. One thing he said really surprised me. In talking with parents about the good things that come from good social-emotional-character programs, he asked them, “Isn’t that what we all want for our kids?” He got push back. “No,” some said, “We want rigorous academics…” Dr. Elias was startled. He reframed the question: “What sort of schools do you want for your grandchildren?” Then the reaction was much more in line with what he had expected. We want our grandchildren to experience a caring school community, but for our own kids, we are too concerned with their ability to compete.