Inspiring Character Newsletter

Browse the latest articles and links


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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June 25, 2020

Jordan Fuller explains how golf
can help develop character in
young people.

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Dr. Arthur Schwartz talks with Dara Feldman from Virtues Matter about her virtues app.

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Intern Roxanna Pasquier shares her perspective as a student on what character means in practice.

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June 11, 2020

On June 1, Character.org announced 246 Promising Practices for 2020 that work to create stronger communities. 

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Rockaway Township Superintendent 
Dr. Peter Turnamian congratulates the 2020 Promising Practice recipients.

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Dr. Arthur Schwartz highlights the some of the incredible work taking place with this year's Promising Practices.

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Curious what makes a Promising Practice? We've curated a few examples from the 2020 cohort.

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May 19, 2020

On May 15, Character.org announced that 84 schools and 7 school districts have been certified as 2020 National Schools of Character.

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Principal Jenifer Rayne congratulates the 2020 Schools of Character. Her school became a SOC
in 2009.

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Dr. Arthur Schwartz and Lori Soifer write about the Schools of Character in an article published in the educational website The 74.

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Dr. Arthur Schwartz welcomes
the 2020 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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