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Seemiller, Corey – Journal of Character Education, 2018
With a great deal of divisiveness in today's political climate (Gramlich, 2017), it is not difficult to imagine the impact that partisanship can have on youth. The Internet is filled with examples of social media rants, name-calling, and even violent incidents as adults engage in unproductive and uncivil behavior with those who are different from…
Descriptors: Political Attitudes, Prosocial Behavior, Social Media, Antisocial Behavior
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Bond, Constance – Journal of Character Education, 2016
St. HOPE (Helping Others Pursue Excellence) has embraced the character education movement and worked tirelessly to become a National School of Character. There is a commitment to relevant, student-driven service learning that develops every facet of their scholars' burgeoning identities, experiences that truly cultivate the whole child. St. HOPE…
Descriptors: Values Education, Urban Schools, Charter Schools, Middle Schools
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Fink, Kristin; Geller, Karen – Journal of Character Education, 2016
As the United States has struggled to answer the question of what education for the 21st century must look like, most states have now responded by signing onto the Common Core Standards. Drawn from lessons learned from a generation of standards-based education and research on what high-performing countries do to enable young people to prosper, it…
Descriptors: Common Core State Standards, Guidelines, Educational History, Values Education
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Steinkamp, Erin – Journal of Character Education, 2016
Valley Park Middle School (VPMS) in Valley Park, MO, has the unique designation of being a not-so-secret gem in St. Louis County. The middle school shares its campus with the elementary and high school, creating opportunities to collaborate and work together to build a school district that not only shines academically, but also focuses on…
Descriptors: Middle School Students, Values Education, School Culture, Models
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Beland, Kathy – Journal of Character Education, 2014
Mitigating the perils of transition to early adolescence, while also supporting the promise of this stage of human development, has been a major focus of middle school reform (Carnegie Council on Adolescent Development, 1989; Jackson & Davis, 2000). As a result, there are many classroom-based educational programs that target the social and…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Social Development, Emotional Development, Educational Change
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Lapsley, Daniel – Journal of Character Education, 2014
The second decade of life is a transition that poses unique developmental challenges for adolescents, and also for their families and teachers, and how well adolescents negotiate this transition will have important implications for later outcomes across the life course. Coming of age, acquiring the status and trappings of adulthood, unfolds over…
Descriptors: Adolescent Development, Middle School Students, Developmental Stages, Self Concept