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7/22/21: Welcome to our newest Board Members: Liz Huntley, John Liporace and Andy Miller!
7/15/21: Maurice Elias op-ed; Arthur Schwartz panelist in OECD Learning Compass workshop; Karin Corbett's Virtual Workshop video
7/08/21: Welcome to our newest staff member; Arthur Schwartz and Scarlett Lewis webinar; Moral Compass article
7/01/21: Choosing Love in the Face of Pain webinar; Mary Gentile's new book; In Their Own Voice: Eliana
6/24/21: Crosswalk SEL & Character Development; Building student relationships; NSOC application open
6/17/21: Molly Dahl's new book; Arts for inspiration; National School of Character application open

June 10, 2021

Hal Urban's new book, The Power of Good News, is for anyone who wants to learn how to nurture goodness and positive energy -- in themselves and others. One of the greatest teachers of our generation, Character.org recognized Hal Urban in 2005 with our "Sandy Award."

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Mona Islam is earning her doctorate in education at the University of Houston. Dr. Arthur Schwartz recently asked Mona why she decided to use Character.org's 11 Principles Framework to more fully understand the extent to which a Muslim K-12 school emphasizes character. 

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The Education Writers Association recently published The Character Education Reporter Guide to help journalists explore, research, and pitch stories about how schools are inspiring student to understand, care about, and practice the core values that will enable them to flourish in school, in the work place, and as citizens.

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June 4, 2021

On June 1, Character.org announced that 170 initiatives across the United States and worldwide have been selected as a 2021 Promising Practice. Each of these Promising Practices demonstrated significant impact and is fully aligned with one or more of Character.org's 11 Principles Framework

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Dr. Arthur J. Schwartz expresses his gratitude to the school leaders, staff, students, families, and community members who implemented their Promising Practice during the pandemic. 

Teaser alert: Find out which state had the most 2021 Promising Promises.  

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Character.org will recognize and celebrate each of our 2021 Promising Practices during our Virtual Forum, October 20-22. 

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May 26, 2021

We’re happy to share with you an opportunity from one of our partner organizations, Making Caring Common, a project of the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The Justice, Care, and Equity Leadership Institute will explore concrete strategies for developing in students the motivation, awareness, and skills they need to take up critical questions of equity and justice and to combat injustice.

The institute will also focus on how school leaders can create caring, equitable, and just school communities

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The Wisconsin Character Education Partnership, in partnership with Alverno Collge, will be holding its 16th annual conference on June 23-24, 2021.

Scarlett Lewis, a Character.org board member is one of their conference speakers, along with Clifton Taulbert, our 2019 "Sandy Award" winner.

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May 20, 2021

Want to share your expertise, a best practice, or new research? Apply to be one of our "On-Demand" speakers during our Virtual Forum (October 20-22).

We need to receive your idea by June 15, 2021. 

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Character.org recently announced that 47 schools and 1 school district in the United States have been certified as our 2021 National Schools of Character. We also certified one school in Brazil and one in Mexico.

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Dr. Arthur J. Schwartz welcomes the 2021 Schools of Character to our Character.org family. 
Teaser alert: He shares the top #10 core values mentioned in their applications.

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May 13, 2021

Character.org will recognize and celebrate our 2021 National Schools of Character during our Virtual Forum, October 20-22, 2021.

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Principal Matt Jansen congratulates the 2021 National Schools of Character. His school became a NSOC in 2020.

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Dr. Arthur J. Schwartz welcomes the 2021 Schools of Character to our Character.org family. 
Teaser alert: He shares the top #10 core values mentioned in their applications.

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May 6, 2021

Each year a group from Maine awards a scholarship to 5 high school students for being exemplary students of character.

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Maureen Mulderig explains why developing positive relationships has been the key ingredient to her success as an elementary school teacher and principal. Recently retired, Maureen now works at The Positivity Project.

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Madeline Will recently wrote a great article for Education Week on how most first-year teachers are finding classroom management the hardest part of their job.

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April 29, 2021

Heather Cazad interviews Dr. Marvin Berkowitz about his new book, PRIMED for Character Education: Six Design Principles for School Improvement.

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The PRIMED model has been implemented in the US and internationally after assessing decades of research.

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Dr. Berkowitz's book has been officially released and is available for order now.

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April 22, 2021

Barbara Whitlock explores how to have courageous conversations with students to cultivate civic character.

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This Education Next article showcases high school survey data that links social-emotional learning to long-term success. 

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Scott Seider and others investigate adolescents' critical consciousness development in this article for the Journal of Youth and Adolescence. 

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April 15, 2021

Heather Cazad interviews Jim Thompson who shares why he founded This! Is What We Did in the hope of building a groundswell of support to combat climate change.

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Heather Cazad reflects on all the ways nature has supported and provided her with comfort throughout obstacles and challenges. 

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In this op-ed, Jim Thompson responds to the question: "What did you do to fight the climate crisis?"  

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April 8, 2021

The CHARACTER COUNTS! app, CharacterDaily, provides lessons, songs, videos and activities across six essential “Pillars of Character” that includes robust content in multiple formats for grades K-12 filtered by topic and grade level.

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The Mood Meter app was conceived by the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence. The app helps you learn how your feelings are affecting your decisions and relationships. 

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Like a book of daily readings, the Virtue Matters app features different virtues and character strengths. The app's “shake the phone” feature adds some additional fun.  

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March 18, 2021

Author David Streight shares his perspective on the importance of Principle 7 in Character.org's 11 Principles Framework by focusing on students' needs for belonging, autonomy, and competence.

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Educator Liliana Borrero responds to Dr. Jacques Benninga's October article on Principle 7 with her research and experience on intrinsic versus extrinsic motivation.

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January 21, 2021

Barbara Scott explains how she incorporates character lessons in her music classes.

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Brandon DiCroce highlights the ways golf can positively influence individual character strengths and career.

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Bryan Stanton outlines the relationship between character development and the arts.  

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There's still time to register and submit a poster for the Color the World with Character initiative.

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