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Character Education Gets a Jolt!

thirsty for moreLearn more about the CHARACTERplus National Conference’s keynotes and breakout session speakers at characterplus.org. The conference is June 17-18, with precon workshops on June 16.

Strands include:

• Academic Achievement
• Bully Prevention
• Early Childhood
• Service Learning
• Social & Emotional Skills
• Plus More

CHARACTERplus is a resource of EducationPlus.

CHARACTERplus National Conference Accepting Proposals

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The 20th CHARACTERplus National Conference is taking place June 16-18 at the St. Charles Convention Center. CHARACTERplus is currently accepting proposals for breakout sessions. Strands include School Climate/Culture, Social & Emotional Skills, and Student Leadership/Empowerment. To see all the latest news on CHARACTERplus, follow them on Twitter at @CHARACTERplus and search the hash tag #charplusconf.

CHARACTERplus is a resource of EducationPlus.

CHARACTERplus National Character Education Conference Features Early Childhood Education Strand

D Sharon Pruitt - original owner of the photoResearch shows how important Early Childhood Education is to students’ long term success. The CHARACTERplus 19th annual National Character Education Conference this June has sessions tailored to meet the needs of Early Childhood Educators, including:

  • Early Childhood Education and Character Education: a perfect match and how to make your school feel like a home. Before a child can flourish academically, character must be established and a trusting relationship with the family must be built. Families, students, staff and community members should feel welcomed, respected and part of the team. The caring community we create starts with the climate and culture of our building.
  • D Sharon Pruitt - original owner of the photoCan you integrate Character Education to Pre-Schools? Learn more about social and emotional learning, service learning and class meetings to enhance your caring community.
  • A panel session with educators from Lindbergh, Rockwood and Southwest Early Childhood Centers, who will share resources and best practices. You will walk away with practical ideas and strategies about service learning, buddies, data collection, newsletters staff surveys , professional development and more!

In addition, conference attendees will have the chance to visit Rising Star Education‘s booth to see their latest early childhood DVD series, Harry & His Bucket Full of Dinosaurs, plus other great resources.

Registration is now open for the June 17-19 conference at the St. Charles Convention Center; by visiting characterplus.org, you can see different strands and keynote speaker bios.

Photos by D Sharon Pruitt.

2013 Champions For Character Schools Announced

Sponsored by Cardinals Care & Learn and Serve Missouri, in cooperation with CHARACTERplus, the Champions for Character program, for nine years, has honored three Missouri or Illinois K-12 schools- public or private- that have a school-wide ethos of service learning. The school’s service learning must be infused in the curriculum and school life.

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Three schools from Missouri are the recipients of the 2013 Champions for Character. Congratulations to:

Bowles Elementary, Rockwood School District
DeSoto Jr. High, DeSoto School District
Smith-Cotton Jr. High, Sedalia 200 School District

At Bowles Elementary, service learning has created a sense of community, pride, awareness, and empathy in their students. They started out the year with a student-led assembly with a focus of helping people, animals, and the environment. Some of the projects students initiated included: Peace Ball, Senior Dog Project, Community Heroes Day, One Sight Eye Glasses collection, and Bowles Clean Up. Service learning projects are integrated into buddy activities, home-school connections, school-wide activities and class meetings.

Desoto Jr.High students have had the opportunity to connect what they learn in the classroom to real life. Service learning has fostered respect, sincerity and compassion in the students and has contributed to a positive school culture. Students have led and facilitated Special Olympics, school-wide recycling and beautification and organized activities to send words of thanks to community partners, veterans, support staff, police and firefighters. Service Learning has engaged the students to make a difference in their community and in the world.

Smith-Cotton Junior High School is able to meet a variety of community needs through their service learning projects. Every student is involved in one or more of the many projects going on throughout the year. Projects range from helping homeless children in Haiti, to initiating a school-wide bully prevention program. Students at Smith-Cotton have learned that taking initiative and ownership in their work is important when it comes to making a difference.

These three schools have embraced service learning will be recognized during a special pre-game on-field ceremony before the May 14, 2013 St. Louis Cardinals game (versus the Mets). The Cardinals donated tickets so students and staff members can attend the game. Each school’s name will be also featured on the big screen at Busch Stadium. To see images from past games, visit the CHARACTERplus Facebook page. In addition to the winning schools, the following received honorable mention:

• Northview High School, Special School District
• Saeger Middle School, Francis Howell School District
• Meramec Heights Elementary, Fox School District

To learn more about the  program, contact Tami Bopp, Champions for Character Coordinator for CHARACTERplus.

19th Annual National Character Education Conference is June 17-19 in Missouri

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Character Education is the core to student academic achievement, building a positive school climate and developing caring and productive citizens. By attending the CHARACTERplus Character Education Conference this summer in St. Charles, Missouri, you’ll learn how it will positively change your world! The expertise of our presenters will provide you one of the most thought provoking culture-changing experience of your professional career. The keynote line up for 2013 is Michele Borba, Julia Cook, Kevin and Dave Kuschel, and (retired) General Stephen Lorenz.

2013 strands include:
• Whole-School Culture Bully Prevention
• Social/Emotional skills
• Curriculum Integration
• Academic Achievement
• Staff buy-in and collaboration
• Student Leadership
• Service Learning
• National Data Research & Trends

This year’s conference theme is No Matter how you Slice it, Character Education is the Core. Registration is open to all educators; to sign up to be on the conference enewsletter list to receive the latest program updates, click here.

characterplus 25 years CHARACTERplus is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year; it a program of Cooperating School Districts of Greater St. Louis.