22nd National Forum on Character Education
Mapping Success: Linking Smart and Good

When: Oct. 16-17, 2015
Where: Atlanta Marriott Marquis, Atlanta, GA

Registration opening soon! 

Be notified so you can get your $100 extra-early bird discount.  

Speaker Proposals due March 1st (2 weeks left!)
Do you have an important topic that you would like to educate your colleagues about? 
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(Don't forget about our NEW youth track this year. We want to see proposals with them included!) 
Becky Sipos, President & CEO, Character.org 
Why Should We Celebrate Presidents’ Day?
By Becky Sipos, President & CEO

When I was a kid, we were always told that the great thing about being an American is that anyone can grow up to be president, and in fact, it was an aspiration of many of my friends. I remember my friend Susan said she was going to be the first female president.

But a Penguin Young Readers poll last year showed that only 27% of participants between the ages 10 and 16 had presidential aspirations. 
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Recommended Reading  
Dave Keller 
Final score: 161-2
By Dave Keller

That headline brought so many questions to my mind. How is that possible? How did two teams of such unequal talent end up playing each other in the first place? Why would the winning coach allow his players to continue scoring? Read more >>

Rebecca Bauer 
5 Random Acts of Kindness for Teachers and Why You Should Do One Now
By Rebecca Bauer

Teachers don’t receive nearly enough positive reinforcement. I’ve worked in schools and I’ve worked in office settings and while each have distinct advantages, when it comes to receiving positive feedback the disparity is upsetting. Read more >>

The Classroom as a Caring Community
By Hal Urban

My #1 goal at the beginning of each school year was to create a Caring Community in each of my five classes. The reason was simple, and really nothing more than common sense. If the teacher has a relationship of . . . Read more >>
Chesterfield Elementary School
Featured Lesson Plan

Who Wants to be President?
A Voice and Choice Lesson Plan of Democracy in Action

Students use their knowledge of democratic principles to create a fictional presidential candidate.

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Apply Now for Promising Practices Recognition
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Do you have a specific, unique, and effective character education strategy or program to share with others?

Deadline March 20.

Apply now >>

Book and Free Curriculum
Dream of a Nation, a book and project focused on solutions to social, environmental and economic issues has free resources for teachers. The book and curriculum resources (which are aligned with the Common Core and state standards) are available at dreamofanation.org/educators. They also have a limited number of free classroom sets of the book plus the cost of shipping and handling.

New Continuing Education Opportunity
Earn a certificate in school leadership for social-emotional learning and character development through a new series of three online courses offered by Rutgers University and the College of Saint Elizabeth. The first course will launch in March. SEL101: Research and Innovations in Social-Emotional Learning and Positive School Culture and Climate.

The courses are intended for individuals across professions who are in leadership or leadership team roles within schools at any stage of implementing school-wide SEL, character education, school culture and climate improvement, or related approaches. Email for more information >>

Fifty Shades of Concern
You’ve no doubt seen the hype for the movie
Fifty Shades of Grey, scheduled for release on Valentine's Day. Even if students don’t see the film, they are absorbing its toxic message, and need your wisdom and guidance. Learn more >>

Scholarships For Students
1 For All is offering a scholarship contest, which celebrates the five freedoms of the First Amendment, speech, press, religion, assembly and petition. Learn more >>

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The Stepping-Stone Grant
Open to K-5 educators in Title I schools, projects should utilize Arts Infused Inquiry Based Learning.

Funding amount: $450 | Deadline: Rolling

Pets in the Classroom
A classroom pet can be a great way to teach your students responsibility and can promote a caring classroom environment.

Funding amount: varies | Deadline: June 15

“From Failure to Promise” grants
K-12 educators can apply for mini grants in 2015 with creative ideas for adopting and using “From Failure to Promise” in their curriculum.

Funding amount: $500 | Deadline: July 31

Assoc. of American Educators Foundation grant
Classroom grants can be used for a variety of projects.

Funding amount: $500 | Deadline: March 1

Character.org's Spotlight on Membership

Character.org would like to extend a warm welcome to the following new members:

Andrea Samadi
Stacey Brown

You have demonstrated your pride in character education, and we're glad to call you part of our family!

Interested in becoming a member?

Character.org members are kept up to date with the latest news and research. Members can stay abreast of best practices in character education and enjoy discounts on events, trainings and publications.

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Did you know that when you shop on AmazonSmile (Amazon's charity site) and select The Character Education Partnership as your charity, 0.5% of your purchases will go to Character.org. Try it today!

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