Funding Ideas for Attending the National Forum

It’s that time of year again! Our first official invitation emails went out yesterday , signaling that registration for the 18th National Forum on Character Education is now open! (If you haven’t received yours yet, let us know and we’ll make sure you’re in our system.)

We’ve already begun to hear about excited attendees and speakers who are low on funds for the conference. It certainly is a great expense, when you add up the registration fees, hotel costs, flights, and any other expenses that come to mind. We know what it’s like, being a nonprofit ourselves in these challenging time. Know that we are constantly working to find funding opportunities for you. Our Director of Resource Development is as we speak trying to secure funds we can reserve for scholarship money for our wonderful attendees out there, and we will be sure to let you know as soon as funds do become available throughout this registration cycle.

In the meantime, what options are out there for finding funding on your own? Many schools have pulled travel and conference funding as budgets are being slashed across the nation. One of our breakout session speakers initially applied after confirming that funds were available to travel, but has since heard that none of those funds will actually be available. So it becomes vitally important to explore all possible options to find other sources.

Here are some ideas that can help get that process started, many of which have been successful endeavors by previous conference attendees. Continue reading


Earth Day Activities

In honor of Earth Day today, April 22nd, here are some highlights from our resources related to the environment, science, and “going green.” When you have a chance, be sure to check out the rest of the lesson plans and best practices provided by our wonderful exemplary schools. Continue reading


Challenge All Students to Seek Mastery over Performance

By Peggy Lobello, 4th Grade Teacher
Orrs Elementary, Griffin, GA

Students come to us in all shapes and sizes. They come in all abilities as well. It is an ongoing task charged to educators to find ways to challenge students at all levels of ability. Teachers at Orrs Elementary School work together to provide meaningful learning experiences at all level of mastery.

Lessons based on choice menus by interest or learning style is one way to challenge students. Another way to challenge students is to provide differentiated lessons to meet the needs of all learners. Teacher-led small groups in reading or math can provide challenging opportunities with teacher direction. Continue reading


Upgrading the Website

CEP is in the beginning stages of re-designing our website on a grand scale. We received a grant from the John Templeton Foundation to aid us in making this essential upgrade. As we advance in this process, we hope to provide you with updates and details on our plans, as well as highlight some of our new resources and designs. Throughout this time, we would be happy to hear any feedback or suggestions you might have. We want this new website to be a well-designed and easy-to-use resource for all of our constituents. Continue reading