From the Director’s Chair: CHARACTER COUNTS! With Brett Moffitt on the Racetrack

Every day about 2,000 people visit CharacterCounts.org, but our traffic is bound to accelerate this Sunday, when CHARACTER COUNTS! makes 160 laps around the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. That’s right — NASCAR driver Brett Moffitt will be racing at the Brickyard 400, covering those 400 miles with “CHARACTER COUNTS!” emblazoned prominently on his #66 Toyota and on […]

How Do We Make Caring Commonplace?

By Barbara Gruener Early last week, a recent report from the Harvard Graduate School of Education caught my eye. “The Children We Mean to Raise: The Real Message Adults Are Sending About Values” reported that most young people in a recent survey said their parents and teachers rank achievement and happiness over caring for others. I immediately thought of my friend Sheila Sjolseth. She’s […]

From the Director’s Chair: July’s Pillar of the Month Is “Responsibility”

Happy Birthday, America! Congratulations on 238 years of life as a nation conceived with the ideals of liberty and justice for all. Those ideals are captured in our Six Pillars of Character, and it’s fitting on this anniversary of our nation’s birth that we begin a renewed focus on the Six Pillars with a program […]

What Do You Think of KIPP-Style Character Development?

As a recent article in the New Republic points out, teaching kids “performance character” qualities like grit, optimism and social intelligence is all the rage. The increasingly popular Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) is a leading proponent of this “new character education.” Teachers at KIPP charter schools even issue a regular Character Growth Card to assess students in […]

Arizona Teacher Talks About How CHARACTER COUNTS! Works

Best Practices in Character Education: Q & A With Teacher James Sye In his latest blog post, CHARACTER COUNTS! Director Jeff McMurdy spotlights a few exemplary educators who are doing great things with CHARACTER COUNTS!. James Sye, a seventh-grade language arts teacher at La Paloma Academy in Tucson, Arizona, was one of them. We asked him to share his perspective and a […]