Poll: Philadelphia Educators Charged in Cheating Scandal

Last week, Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane filed multiple felony charged against four elementary school teachers and a principal for their alleged roles in cheating on state exams. The charges — which include perjury, tampering with public records, forgery and criminal conspiracy — stem from allegations of changing student answers, providing answers to students and reviewing the test questions before handing out […]


Be a Climate Changer: Spread Kindness!

[This post comes to us from the positively climate-changing Barbara Gruener, a counselor and character coach at Westwood-Bales Elementary School in Friendswood, Texas. Check out her blog, The Corner on Character.] [UPDATE: Join Barbara on Twitter (#servechat) tomorrow (5/8/14) at 8:30 p.m. EST. She will be the guest expert in a chat on Creating a Climate of Kindness in Schools.] […]

From the Director’s Chair…

This is Teacher Appreciation Week, and my message is a simple one: Thank you to teachers, counselors, coaches, administrators and anyone who impacts a child’s life daily. An extra special thanks to those who do that using the Six Pillars of Character and the CHARACTER COUNTS! program. We conservatively estimate that more than 10,000 educators and […]

Iowans Get Pumped Up for the Six Pillars

On Tuesday, more than 7,000 kids in Des Moines danced, jumped and kicked their character into high gear at the annual Exercising Your Character event. The raucous rally — sponsored by CHARACTER COUNTS! in Iowa in partnership with Hy-Vee, Inc. and the Iowa Sports Foundation — brought together fourth- and fifth-grade students in a celebration of physical […]

From the Director’s Chair …

In the nearly two years that I have had the privilege of being the National Director of CHARACTER COUNTS!, rarely a day goes by when someone doesn’t ask me: What is CHARACTER COUNTS!? In nearly every case, I first respond with what we are NOT. CHARACTER COUNTS! is NOT a curriculum, an add-on, an out of-the-box […]