Happy Holidays and A Call to Action from Mark Hyatt

Dear CEP Family—

On behalf of the entire CEP staff and Board of Directors, I wish you all a wonderful Holiday Season and New Year.

Like most of America in these uncharacteristically somber days, we at CEP are filled with great sadness as the K-12 community from coast to coast goes takes its winter break and bids farewell to 2012. We are sad because we know that too many young people are still suffering in our society, due to many factors, not the least of which is violence in schools and surrounding neighborhoods.

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Is Character Education Part of Your School’s DNA? Share Your Practice & Gain National Recognition

The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, is pleased to announce the application process for the 2013 Promising Practices in Character Education is open and encourages those who implement character education in their programs to apply. Educators can apply between Dec. 17, 2012 and March 17, 2013. Click HERE to apply online.

Promising Practices in Character Education are successful, unique ways of reinforcing character traits in K-12 students. Most practices are simple in scope and inexpensive by design, yet enable students to experience positive character first-hand, as well as enrich their lives and the lives of others.
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The Rebirth and Retooling of Character Education in America

Written by Russell J. Sojourner, Ph.D., director of Leadership Development at CEP, explains how a re-energized and innovative approach to character education today offers great opportunity to provide children with the skills, knowledge, and dispositions to become life-long learners, get good jobs, have healthy relationships and to become productive and contributing members of the community. Effective school-based character education must promote the pursuit of excellence and the pursuit of ethical behavior.

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