Category Archives: Character Education
The CharacterPlus National Conference offers two preconference workshop opportunities on June 16. One is Character Education and the Common Core Standards; this session includes both rationale and strategies for integrating the CharacterPlus Way with the implementation of the Missouri Learning Standards (Common Core). Participants will explore specific ways that such character virtues as autonomy, influence, belongingness and competence can be infused into real world academic projects, discussions and active classroom learning.
Lead by facilitator Jan Keenoy (pictured), participants will use collaborative learning strategies to explore exactly how the Missouri Learning Standards (Common Core) in ELA and math can link directly to CharacterPlus virtues such as diligence, judgment, honesty and tact. In essence, CharacterPlus and the Missouri Learning Standards can be implemented successfully in tandem.
Experienced educators will share how they have successfully integrated character education into Common Core State Standards.
Resources from Paul Tough (How Children Succeed), University of Chicago (Research on the importance of Non-Cognitive Attributes in Student Achievement), the Noyce Foundation (Magic Bullets that Lead to Student Success) and Harvard University (The Mindful Classroom, Project Zero, Making Thinking Visible) will be cited as we link the similarities between character education and MLS shifts. Jan will also offer ways that character education can be infused into district curriculum documents in ways that capitalize on student values and beliefs in an effort to motivate the student to rewrite his or her personal identity narrative both in character and academics.
Maryville University continues thoughtful discourse on important issues of the day with a dialogue on diversity, inclusion, freedom, reconciliation and community-building. Three panelists will share their personal experiences and insights on reconciliation leading to a “rainbow nation” and discuss how we can deploy practical wisdom that stems from heroic actions by individuals close to Nelson Mandela during apartheid and the current post-apartheid era. Learn more at Nelson Mandela’s Legacy of Reconciliation: Lessons for Leading an Inclusive Community on April 23. The event, starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Edward Jones Auditorium, is free of charge & open to the public, but reservations are requested.
The CHARACTERplus National Conference takes place June 17-18 at the St. Charles Convention Center. Early bird registration is open now at www.characterplus.org, but ends on Friday. CHARACTERplus is excited to announce our four keynote speakers for this year’s conference:
- Tara Brown is recognized as a specialist in connecting with youth and building relationships with students and staff.
- Rich Grawer is a proven leader and has guided young people through his career with successful stints as a collegiate coach and high school athletic director.
- John O’Leary shares his inspirational story of how he overcame life’s challenges through the support of others and his strong personal character.
- Stephen Peters founded the Gentlemen’s Club, which provides opportunities for students to enhance self-esteem and self-image.
For your registration, you can see these dynamic speakers, plus learn what other educators are doing in their schools to improve and celebrate character education. The early bird rate is by February 28 and is $369 for a member, while a non-member pays $429. The regular rate, after February 28, is $419 for a member, and a non-member pays $479. CHARACTERplus is a resource of EducationPlus.
Join CHARACTERplus for a field trip to two National Schools of Character: Ridgewood Middle School in the Fox School District and Mehlville High School in the Mehlville School District. On February 26, participants board the bus at 7 am at EducationPlus, then travel to the first school. Lunch is on you at the Terazzo Grill; you will be able to select from their Lunch Specials at $7.99 (plus beverage, tax and tip). By noon, field trippers are back on the bus and on the way to Mehlville.
Ridgewood Middle School
• ImpACT- a leadership class for young men that involves them in the Job Project, Tie Tuesday, BizKid$, and their own research for the Truth about Drugs Project.
• Bus Driver Meet & Greet- During Advisory, students regroup according to the bus they ride and take time to get to know their driver. Together they brainstorm ways to better the culture on the bus.” This is part of a series in Advisory that started with a Peace on the Bus activity on Feb. 19, creation of appreciation gifts on March 5, and Bus Driver Appreciation Day on March 12.
• Team Leadership Class- We will see the inner workings of a class based on the Flippen model.
• Character Council- We will join different working committees of the Council in the cafeteria, art room, and computer lab.
Mehlville High School
• Meet our Student Guides at the new Auditorium.
• Overview & Tour
• Visit TAP (Teacher Advisory Period) classes to see project-based learning, the leadership of Character Captains, peer lessons and class meetings.
7:00 AM Board Bus at EducationPlus • 1460 Craig Road, 63146
7:50 AM Arrive at Ridgewood Middle •1401 Ridgewood School Rd, 63010
11:00 AM Arrive Terazzo Grill • 249 Arnold Crossroads Center, 63010
12:30 PM Arrive Mehlville High • 3200 Lemay Ferry Rd, 63125
2:30 PM Return to EducationPlus