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Student Well-Being Opinion What the Election Says About Character Education
Joe Biden says character is on the ballot, but we need more of it in our schools, argues Character.org president Arthur Schwartz.
Arthur Schwartz, October 12, 2020
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Student Well-Being Online Summit Character Education & COVID-19: How to Build Confident, Engaged Learners Now
Learn practical and promising approaches for incorporating elements of character education into educational experiences and why it matters.
September 22, 2020
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Student Well-Being Opinion A Conservative Agenda for School Board Members
School boards are well positioned to push back against so much of the influences of the "progressive" left on our schools and our society, write Michael J. Petrilli and Chester E. Finn Jr.
Michael J. Petrilli & Chester E. Finn Jr., March 17, 2020
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Student Well-Being These Schools Filled Vending Machines With Books. Will It Motivate Reading?
Principals and teachers hope these book vending machines will encourage good behavior and foster a love of reading. They might—but schools should make sure they don't discourage already reluctant readers, says one researcher.
Sarah Schwartz, February 28, 2020
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Student Well-Being How One Teacher Explains Consent to Her 3rd Grade Students
Elizabeth Kleinrock, a teacher in Los Angeles, uses a graphic organizer to talk with her students about respecting personal boundaries.
Sarah Schwartz, October 9, 2018
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Equity & Diversity Opinion Bad Language in the Classroom
There are differences in use of offensive language--centered around the content of the point the speaker is trying to make. Still, I am appalled (as a teacher, especially) by the degradation of language in public discourse. Before we start selectively shaming folks, I think we should look at root causes.
Nancy Flanagan, July 17, 2018
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Serve 2 Unite leaders Arno Michaelis, far left, and Pardeep Kaleka, second from right, take a selfie with high school students after a picnic in Mount Horeb, Wisc., last month.
Serve 2 Unite leaders Arno Michaelis, far left, and Pardeep Kaleka, second from right, take a selfie with high school students after a picnic in Mount Horeb, Wisc., last month.
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Student Well-Being Ex-Skinhead and Hate-Crime Victim Team Up to Teach Compassion
A former leader of a white supremacist group partners with a man whose father was killed in a racially motivated shooting at a Sikh temple to teach students to bridge their differences and learn to forgive.
Sasha Jones, July 10, 2018
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Student Well-Being Opinion How Teachers Can Find the Time for Social-Emotional Learning
We need to distill social-emotional and character education down to the most essential components, writes Hunter Gehlbach.
Hunter Gehlbach, October 24, 2017
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Student Well-Being Opinion Self-Esteem Is Not a Hoax
The self-esteem egg comes before the integrity, courage and patriotism chicken, not to mention academic skills and knowledge. It's hard for students to build character and resilience when they have no self-concept. It's hard for them to learn, when they don't trust themselves or believe in their own capacity.
Nancy Flanagan, June 29, 2017
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Student Well-Being Opinion Teaching Students to Talk Across the Aisle
In preparing students for productive public discourse, educators must confront their own biases, writes Richard Weissbourd.
Richard Weissbourd, May 2, 2017
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Student Well-Being School and Local Librarians Recruit Furry Friends to Help Students Read
Dog-assisted reading programs are increasingly popular across the nation. Certified therapy dogs are helping make reading time and library visits a bit more exciting for kindergartners and 1st graders.
Kristine Kim, January 26, 2017
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Teacher Emily Silver helps kindergartners at the Co-op School, in New York City’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, write letters to mail to President-elect Donald Trump.
Teacher Emily Silver helps kindergartners at the Co-op School, in New York City’s Bedford-Stuyvesant neighborhood, write letters to mail to President-elect Donald Trump.
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Student Well-Being After Election, Students Express a Mix of Emotions
From celebrations to tears to taunts, feelings have run high in classrooms around the country, teachers report.
Madeline Will, November 14, 2016
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Student Well-Being Opinion Q&A With Joseph Gauld: Putting Student Character First
The Hyde Schools founder Joseph Gauld weighs in on the election, ESSA, and social-emotional learning with Education Week Commentary.
November 1, 2016
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Student Well-Being Opinion Ethics Education: A National Imperative
Ethics, particularly bioethics, offers an opportunity to both prepare students for difficult life decisions and deepen their academic engagement, writes Emory University's James Wagner.
James Wagner, July 14, 2016
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