Category Archives: Character Education
The early years are crucial for most aspects of human development, and character is no exception. CharacterPlus has assembled a team of experts including an international expert in child development and character education, a leader and innovator in early childhood education and director of a center, the principal of the first National Early Childhood School of Character in the country, an inspiring and creative teacher and other valuable local resources.
Points of discussion during this full-day workshop sponsored by PNC will include:
• Components of early childhood character
• What influences character development at an early age?
• Whole-school strategies
• Classroom strategies
• Literacy-based strategies
• Partnering with parents
Participants will also receive resources and templates for creating their own resources on December 1. Learn more about the speakers, whether you can attend for free, plus more at our online calendar.
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.