Inspiring Character Newsletter

Browse the latest articles and links


November 24, 2020

Dr. Robert Emmons, a professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis, shares his expertise on gratitude.

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Heather Cazad writes a letter of gratitude to her high school English teacher who inspired her love of books and helped shape the person she wanted to be.

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Emily Campbell pens this article for the Greater Good Science Center on how practicing gratitude can help to reduce student anxiety and boost their well-being.  

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This article from AdventHealth highlights six ways to practice gratitude during the pandemic.

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November 12, 2020

Mary Uenking, from PETA's TeachKind, encourages educators to incorporate compassion for animals in their lessons to foster character development.

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Arthur Schwartz interviews his daughter-in-law Madison Schwartz about her animal advocacy and volunteer work.

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We feature three of our 2020 Promising Practices from schools across the country that focus on animals as part of their character initiatives.  

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Frans de Waal's TEDTalk explores the moral behavior in animals and how many species exhibit empathy, cooperation, and other traits.

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October 29, 2020

Sheldon Berman, a school superintendent, writes about a civic character curriculum framework he helped to develop for K-5 students with this article first published in School Administrator Magazine.

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Arthur Schwartz interviews his former student Janelle Rouse about her experience teaching in Brooklyn during this moment of political and cultural unrest.

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High school teacher and coach Charlie Abourjilie shares two civic-inspired concepts that inspire students to make a difference inside the classroom or on the athletic field.

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Generation Citizen has developed an "Action Civics" curriculum that focuses on student-driven projects aligned with state standards.

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October 15, 2020

Dr. Jacques Benninga examines whether Character.org's Principle 7 ("the school fosters students' self-motivation") aligns with the science of motivation in children and adolescents.

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Paul Hussman, a high school counselor, argues that too many schools do not provide an optimal climate for our marginalized students to practice intrinsic motivation.

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Principal Terri Power describes how her school's PBIS initiative motivates students to do what's right over time and as they mature.

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October 1, 2020

Dr. Sheila Ohlsson Walker explains the benefits of youth sports in character development and how coaches can foster positive traits and habits in their athletes.

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Mark Horbinski, also the founder of Won80, describes how to help create a caring culture using sports.

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Mark Horbinski, teacher and coach, shares how athletic teams at Necedah High School strive to cultivate character strengths.

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September 17, 2020

David Holmes from the Character Collaborative explores the idea of using character as college admission criteria instead of standardized tests and in addition to academic factors.

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Sherryann Sylvestre, a counselor at Union Academy Charter School, responds to Holmes' article and gives her take on character development as a measure of potential student success.

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Two high school students, Amanda and Lucas, describe how being a well-rounded person is a better goal than focusing strictly on high academic achievement.

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Greg MacDonald and Florence Hines, both admissions directors at their respective colleges, share their thoughts on Holmes' article from the university perspective.

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August 27, 2020

Dr. Arthur Schwartz welcomes back teachers to a new school year with 7 tips to embed character in your virtual classroom. 

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Eighth graders at Eastside Middle School in Kentucky wrote their own books focused on 8 character strengths and staying safe during the pandemic inspired by The Diary of Anne Frank.

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Dr. Robert Furman explores whether the pandemic will inspire teachers to integrate self-directed learning in their virtual classrooms in this Digital Promise article.

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Beth Daley explores three ways to promote social skills in homebound kids as schools start back in this The Conversation article.

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August 11, 2020

On August 11, Character.org announced Dr. Larry Nucci has received the 2020 Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Dr. Arthur Schwartz celebrates Larry Nucci's achievement with a tribute from Character.org board members and staff.

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Fellow scholars Marvin Berkowitz, Melanie Killen, and Richard Lerner congratulate Larry Nucci on his well-earned recognition.

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Dr. Larry Nucci shares his article "Character: A Developmental System"in which he discusses the four components of character.

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