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 […]

From the Director’s Chair: The Top Three Myths About Character Education

On an average day, I connect with about a dozen educators. In these conversations, I hear more than a few misconceptions about character education. Here are the three most common myths that I encounter: 1. Your program is not a curriculum, which is what we really need in order for it to be effective. 2. We’re a […]