Researchers Looking for Sample Report Cards

Dr. Maurice Elias, Professor of Psychology at Rutgers University and a member of CEP’s EAC, has asked for CEP’s help with a current research project. They are hopeful that readers who value SEL and Character Education will assist them by sending samples of report card comments and other areas of report cards which address SEL and aspects of students’ character to be considered in this project.
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A “Tough” Look at Parenting, Education and Character Building

From the prism of parent, veteran school administrator, and nonprofit leader, I agree with Paul Tough’s findings and recommendations. There is indeed a better way to prepare young people for success in school and in life. We should heed his advice and allow kids to experience and learn from failures and mistakes. We should also look beyond cognitive skills when judging a young person’s potential. Finally, we should bring back character development in our schools.
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Early Bird Deadline Approaching for National Forum on Character Education

The registration fee for the 19th Forum on Character Education will rise by $50 after Oct. 1. This year’s Forum features an inspirational keynote from Paul Tough, whose new book, “How Children Succeed” was released this month. He will discuss the contributions that good character can make to student life success. Other Forum highlights will include:

• “Out the Spout and Down the Drain,” a new service learning workshop designed to bring your science content to life.

• Our online conference community, which will allow you to remain in communication with fellow attendees for months after the conference concludes.

• A Partnership Meeting, in which leading organizations in the character education field will share ideas and discuss potential collaborative projects

Our aim is that attendees will leave the Forum with both concrete ideas for further developing character education programs within their schools, as well as new connections with those that share their passion and vision.

Here’s what previous attendees have said:

“The Forum was incredible and exceeded my expectations by far…The experiences that I had from the Forum inspired and motivated me to go back to my school and start making some changes…we are seeing the direct effects of the strategies we learned on our students and the differences that they are making.” –6th grade teacher

“My time at the Forum was filled with moments of awe, experiences shared with new acquaintances and information presented so powerfully as to ignite a desire to take our home grown character education to a new level of excellence.” –Community liaison

Come join us as we work on strategies for “Developing Leaders of Integrity.”  You will discover the latest research and strategies for school improvement from the best scholars and practitioners in the field. Register now.

Advocacy Update

CEP is committed to being your eyes and ears regarding the latest character education news in our nation’s capital. Here are some highlights:

• CEP’s President & CEO Mark Hyatt attended the Department of Education’s Anti-Bullying Summit on Aug 6 and 7, a fantastic opportunity for thought leaders in the field to build off of one another’s wisdom and experience.

• The Race to the Top: Districts competition applications are due October 30th, and this year Districts are offered a “competitive preference” if they “’integrate public or private resources in a partnership designed to augment the schools resources by providing additional student and family supports to schools that address the social, emotional, or behavioral needs of the participating students.” CEP is happy to help any applicant get these bonus points! The official program website can be found here: http://www2.ed.gov/programs/racetothetop-district/index.html.

• Representatives from CEP attended the Office of Safe and Healthy Students Conference on August 8th and 9th. CEP Board Member Linda McKay met with members of the Conditions for Learning Coalition and representatives from the Office of School Turnaround.  Jon Terry, who leads the Coalition, held a follow-up meeting with Jason Snyder (Director of the OST), in which he advocated that schools working with the OST be encouraged to report data on school climate in their turnaround efforts. Mr. Snyder was supportive, but expressed a desire to see examples of how schools might collect this idea that aren’t too taxing on those preparing reports.

• Do you have examples of school climate data and assessments to submit to the Office of School Turnaround? Do you know of a model school who focused on measuring these issues in their effort to improve academic achievement? The Conditions for Learning Coalition is looking for both of these! Please send any leads to mjones@character.org.