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 Welcome to the new school year. In this issue, you’ll find:

  • Conference updates - have you registered yet?
  • Lesson plans for setting up a caring classroom
  • Schools of Character update
  • Research on developing caring
Early Bird Rate Expires September 30th!
If you’re ready to be recharged, reinspired and recommitted to your work as an educator, you cannot afford to miss the 2014 National Forum on Character Education in Washington DC.           
  • Need to be inspired? Our dynamic keynote speakers are sure to leave a lasting impression.
  • Need practical ideas to implement in your classroom or school? Find great ideas in our Best Practices Poster Session and our 50 + breakout sessions.
  • Need college credit or professional development hours? We've got you covered. Earn academic credit from the University of San Diego.
  • Want to have fun and find great resources at the same time? How about Halloween in the exhibit hall? 
  • Want to learn the latest research findings, and see exemplar schools in action? Attend one of our school site visits and research-based sessions.

You'll discover fresh ideas, field-proven strategies and a network of passionate professionals from around the world.

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Need to find money to attend? Check out our ways to save.

Introducing Character.org's New Mobile App

 Character.org

We’ve built an app that will make this year’s conference experience a lot more valuable for our attendees, exhibitors, and speakers. Character.org’s mobile app is going to be awesome! Here’s why:

  • Access the event schedule anytime and customize your agenda
  • See all the speakers, read their bios. 
  • Check out the exhibitors and locate their booths more easily
  • Get important updates and exciting offers through the app
  • See who’s attending and share contact information

More details and download instructions >>

Call to Character Gala
Come to the Forum and Stay for the Gala
You are invited to attend Character Education Partnership's first “Call to Character Gala” which will be the culminating event of the annual National Forum on Character Education. This fundraising gala will take place Nov. 1 from 6:30 – 9:30 pm at the Renaissance Washington, D.C. Downtown Hotel. The Call to Character Gala will address the important issues of “Character Beyond the Classroom.” Former Michigan governor John Engler, who is currently president of the Business Roundtable, will be the keynote speaker. Learn more >>
Create a Caring Classroom        
 lesson plan

As you work to build a caring classroom, here are just a few lesson plans from CEP’s database that could help.

Appreciating Diversity raises the importance of appreciating differences, learning from mistakes, and working together to be successful.

The Circle of Strength lesson helps students reflect on the different circles they’re a part of and how their attitudes and actions “shape” and influence their community circles.

Civic Responsibility teaches students to understand civic responsibility and reflect on problems happening in their local community. The lesson encourages students to brainstorm ways they can help address a local problem and the action steps to make that happen. 

Want more? Character.org has hundreds of free lesson plans            

Rebecca Sipos, Interim President & CEO 
Message from the President  
Character Matters
By Becky Sipos, President & CEO

David Brooks, NY Times columnist and 2013 Forum keynote speaker, wrote in a recent column that “Nearly every parent on earth operates on the assumption that character matters a lot to the life outcomes of their . . . Read more >> 
Dr. Dave Keller 
Making Caring Common          

By Dave Keller, Director of Transformation & Program Impact

Most parents want their kids to be caring and fair. But, seemingly far too often, parents’ daily messages are focused on achievement and the singular pursuit of individual happiness. Read more >>  

Become a School of Character
Online Application to Open Mid-September
By Sheril Morgan, Director, Schools of Character

CEP believes, as Martin Luther King Jr. said, “Character plus intelligence; that is the goal of true education.” That is why we are striving to make every school a place where students feel safe, respected, and . . . Learn more >>

News Briefs
White House symposium explored how increasing family engagement can drive school improvement.

TFA & Teacher Diversity
From Teaching Tolerance, Blogs and Articles
The first school year that more than half of our public school students are students of color is also the year that half of new TFA teachers identify as people of color.              
Resources

CEP Webinar

4 Tools for Prioritizing and Accomplishing Your Goals

This webinar will provide 5 strategies to help you clarify your priorities and follow-through on your most important goals. Sept 17th at 4pm EDT. Learn more >>

How Are You Promoting Empathy in Your Students?
Ashoka is launching a free open online course called Activating Empathy: A Roadmap to Changemaker Classrooms. Designed for teachers as well as anyone interested in instilling empathy in children. Learn more>>  

Introducing KnowBullying - Put the Power to Prevent Bullying in Your Hand
New mobile app for parents and caregivers. App features include conversation starters, tips, warning signs, etc.            

Attention Middle School Educators
Requesting your participation in a national survey on bullying, conflict and other mean behaviors.  Participating educators will receive a $75.00 gift certificate for books and materials from Free Spirit Publishing, along with a copy of our new book on preventing bullying and conflict when it is released.

Surveys are anonymous and will take about thirty minutes to administer online in October.

We hope you’ll participate! Your voice is very important to us. E-mail Naomi@LearningPeace.com for details.

Recommended Blogs and Articles

We Need Uncomfortable Schools
By Annie Fox, M.Ed, Parenting Expert and Family Coach
A compassionate school is an uncomfortable school! Uncomfortable when anyone is threatened, harassed, or made to feel less than.

Back to School: A Surefire Strategy for Building Classroom Community
By Anne Shaw, Director, 21st Century Schools
Unlike many of the current posts and articles in educators' discussions these days, this post does not address anything related to technology or the CCSS. It addresses a topic of much greater importance -- the emotional environment of the classroom.   
                      
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