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Character Education

Learn how to help children develop traits like initiative, perseverance, and empathy to be successful and contribute positively to their communities.

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Our Boys Need Us: The Power of Mentoring

Traditional education may put boys at a developmental disadvantage, and we must try harder to make them feel understood, valued, and eager to learn.

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8 Pathways to Every Student's Success

Welcome to our blog series on how to apply the principles of positive youth development: curiosity, sociability, resilience, self-awareness, integrity, resourcefulness, creativity, and empathy.

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The Nine (or How to Spot Future Greatness in a 6-Year-Old)

One first grade teacher suggests that we can spot future Supreme Court Justices in six-year-olds willing to shoulder serious responsibility -- like washing the board.

New Class Roles: Building Environments of Cooperation

Create empathy and self-esteem by assigning in-class roles and responsibilities that can help students bring out the best in themselves and each other.

SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

SMART goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, rigorous, and tracked. Help your students develop them through a series of ongoing peer interviews.

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Promoting Empathy in Middle School

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Promoting Empathy in Middle School

Diverse teams of students build a stronger school culture by working together on service projects to address community needs.

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5-Minute Film Festival: Resources for Teaching About Character

Five short films and a set of resources for celebrating Character Day on September 13.

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Books That Explore the Refugee Experience

These nine books—for students of all grade levels—convey what it’s like to be a refugee.

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Doorways Into Activism

Books can give children an entry point to taking action in the outside world by providing examples of how to address bullying, bias, and injustice.

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Rejecting the ‘Mean Girl’ Framework

Ideas for guiding girls toward positive interactions with each other.

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Helping Your Students Identify Their Values

Have your students write about the principles they want to live by, using these prompts to help them get started.

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Growth Mindset Is Not Enough

To help students face life’s challenges, teachers should seek to help them develop a broad set of skills.

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SMART Goal Setting With Your Students

SMART goals are specific, measurable, action-oriented, rigorous, and tracked. Help your students develop them through a series of ongoing peer interviews.

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Motivating the Unmotivated

A group of elementary or middle school students are unruly, disrespectful, and underperforming academically and socially in the classroom. They do not appreciate the value of education. The teacher, despite good intentions and passion, is viewed as an...

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Strategies to Build Intrinsic Motivation

Encouraging student commitment ultimately brings better results than the external motivations of reward or punishment. These seven self-persuasion strategies will get you started.

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True Grit: The Best Measure of Success and How to Teach It

Can you predict academic success or whether a child will graduate? You can, but not how you might think. When psychologist Angela Duckworth studied people in various challenging situations, including National Spelling Bee participants, rookie teachers in...

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Why Teaching Kindness in Schools Is Essential to Reduce Bullying

Phrases like "random acts of kindness" and "pay it forward" have become popular terms in modern society. It seems there are good reasons why we can't get enough of those addictive, feel-good emotions, as scientific studies prove there are many physical,...

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Behavior Expectations and How to Teach Them

Instead of assigning disciplinary consequences when students don't meet behavior expectations, why not deal them as we would deal with academic failures and missteps?

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Restorative Justice: Resources for Schools

Explore resources and case studies that demonstrate how to bring restorative justice to your school or classroom.

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