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How Can Schools Create A Culture of Dignity?

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  Last week, the Kern Family Foundation invited me to give a talk to 50+ school leaders on “How Character Gives SEL Its Why.” The foundation also provided each school leader at the convening a copy of the National Guidelines on Character &...

Who Coined The Term Ethical Fitness?

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  I cherish when two words come together to form an enthralling image. For example, over 25 years ago, I heard Rushworth Kidder use the term “ethical fitness” for the first time. I was immediately transfixed. Spellbound.  What triggered my eureka...

Character E-Portfolios For All Students…Why Not?

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  I love reading Daniel Pink. The ideas from his books always spark my imagination.  In collaboration with the Washington Post, he recently announced a new project titled Why Not? Over the course of the year, Pink will “be offering up ideas –...

Exploring Character Formation: Challenges, Questions, and Insights

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  I love leading workshops on how to emphasize and model character. Although each convening is different, at some point, I always strive to hand out a 3×5 index card and ask everyone to write down a question or concern that has been swirling...

Fostering a “Helping Others” Mindset in Young People

By Dr. Arthur Schwartz  Our nation celebrated MLK Day this past Monday, the only federal holiday dedicated to volunteer service.  Professionally, I have been thinking a lot about service, as Character.org and the National Youth Leadership Council (NYLC), with funding...