Focus.  Simplicity.  New Era.      

Character Education Partnership is now Why are we changing our name?

Our simplified name,, is a testament to our focus on the relevant message of character, our work on building thriving school communities, and our telling of the great stories of ethical and engaged students and educators in our world.

Using our domain name as our company name gives us a uniqueness. It invites people to discover us. Our new name comes with a new look. See more >>

Highlights from the 21st National Forum 
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We are grateful for so many whose hard work and dedication helped make the 21st National Forum on Character Education one of the best ever. We united character educators from around the globe to discuss some of education’s most pressing issues and to highlight the good work many are doing. A recurring theme was the power of empathy. See Forum Highlights >>

Here’s a typical comment from one of our attendees:
“I gladly attended every session.  In fact when the NSOC  session ended a few minutes early, I went into the PEACE session and got some more great ideas and information!  I told my principal that being at the conference was being like a kid in the candy store - I just wanted to gobble everything up and then some!”

Plan to Attend the 2015 National Forum on Character Education 
We’d love to hear from you regarding speakers you’d like to see or topics you’d like addressed.

See details >>       Consider submitting a proposal to present >>

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We Want to Honor Your School

One of the highlights of the Forum every year is honoring our Schools of Character. Next year, we’d like to honor you on stage. The time to apply is now. Our online application is open, but the deadline to apply is Dec. 12. Even if you think your school is not quite ready yet, the process of applying, reflecting on your strengths and challenges, is very rewarding according to all our feedback surveys. Plus, no matter where you are on your character education journey, we will send you professional feedback to help you grow.  
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Thankfulness and Gratitude                                      

Neighbors in Need Food Drive, Forest Avenue School
Forest Avenue School’s “Neighbors in Need” food drive, benefiting a local church, enabled students to stock, shop and personally bag over 75 family-sized Thanksgiving meals in a school-wide market-style pantry.


The Turkey Dinner Dance, Lafayette High School
The Turkey Dinner Dance is hosted by Lafayette students for senior citizens of the community to provide a warm, welcoming atmosphere in which they partake in a nice Thanksgiving meal and dance.

See other lesson plans and Promising Practices that help students express thankfulness and gratitude >>


What is Character? Virtue Ethics in Education
A free online course about character, created The Jubilee Center for Character and Virtues in the UK
There is a growing interest in character and character education– it is increasingly being talked about by politicians, employers, teachers, parents and young people across the world.  This course will tap into this increasing interest and answer important questions such as what is character and character education, why is it important and can it be taught?
Suggested Reading

5 Ways to Be More Empathetic
By Roman Krznaric
From everyday interactions to global conflicts, we've hit rock-bottom in compassion. Here's how you can be more understanding.

Social-Emotional Learning and Spirituality
By Dr. Maurice Elias
What is the connection of SEL and spirituality?

10 Things Students Remember
By Hal Urban
When one of these former students contacts me, I always ask the same question: “What do you most remember from being a student in my class?”

Student Choice Leads to Student Voice
By Joshua Block
For the first time in my life, school had not been about finding ways to meet requirements established by others -- it was about work that I believed in.

Calendar Items

C-SPAN'S 2015 StudentCam
StudentCam is C-SPAN's annual national video documentary competition that encourages students to think critically about issues that affect our communities and our nation. Students in grades 6-12 are asked to create a short (5-7 minute) video documentary on a topic related to the competition theme listed below. With cash prizes totaling $100,000, C-SPAN awards prizes to 150 student documentaries, and 53 teacher advisors! Deadline: Jan. 20, 2015. Learn more >>

Institute for Humane Education
Be a Solutionary. Get an Advanced Degree online in humane education, and create a better world for all humans, animals, and the earth. The fully accredited programs are offered through a partnership with the Institute for Humane Education and Valparaiso University. Spring 2015 application deadlines are December 1 for M.Ed. and December 15 for M.A., Ph.D., and graduate certificate program. #humaneed #solutionary
 Learn more >> 
 Giving Tuesday
"#GivingTuesday is almost here!
On December 2nd, consider giving a gift to give thanks to" 

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and select The Character Education
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