We're so excited by the great start of our school year! Below we are sharing some of our upcoming professional learning opportunities, including service learning, cyberbullying prevention and information on State Schools of Character applications. Also remember that the call for proposals for the CharacterPlus National Conference is open.
Cyberbullying Prevention: School Climate Goes Viral (Oct. 20)
Cyberbullying Research Center co-director, criminal justice professor and author Sameer Hinduja presents a half-day workshop on October 20. The primary mission of the Cyberbullying Research Center is to provide up-to-date information about the nature and extent of online aggression among adolescents. In St. Louis this fall, Dr. Hinduja will give educators the tools to marshal the powers of policy, school climate and student leadership to stop cyberbullying and sexting. His research with Dr. Justin W. Patchin has involved data from over 14,000 youth regarding their experiences with cyberbullying offending and victimization. The workshop will take place from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm on Monday, October 20 at the Fox Service Center in the Fox C-6 School District. Learn more and register online today.
Cyberbullying Summit Brings Together Over 100 Students
Eight high school teams came together on September 30 to develop a social media campaign. Students created a hashtag #StartsWithUs to promote positive things happening in their schools and combat cyberbullying. Participating schools included:
- Bayless High School
- Belleville East High School
- Belleville West High School
- Fox High School
- Ladue Horton Watkins High School
- Lafayette High School (Rockwood)
- Lindbergh High School
- Mehlville High School
The students will go back to their schools to create positive experiences that foster inclusion, acceptance and joy among their peers. They will meet again in February to share their results with each other and present at the METC Conference. CharacterPlus partnered with the St. Louis Rams and St. Charles City & County Library District for this initiative.
Service Learning: Journey through the Standards (Oct. 10)
This interactive workshop explores the power of service learning to develop leadership and citizenship. You will be introduced to the Missouri and National Standards of Service-Learning and given resources that support student-initiated projects. These tools and strategies will transform community service into authentic service-learning, and prepare you if you are interested in applying for The Cardinals Care Champions for Character Recognition Award. Learn from the 2014 winning schools that model exemplary school-wide service learning. Register online
Schools of Character: Application Writing Support (Oct. 17)
For schools and districts applying to
become State Schools of Character
School teams preparing to submit a School of Character application at the state level (Missouri, Illinois or Kansas) are invited to bring their School of Character drafts and portfolios with them for a day of refining. Principals and educational leaders from National Schools of Character serve as coaches-- reviewing drafts, offering suggestions and answering questions. If you have any questions, contact Suzy Ward at 314.692.1241.
as soon as possible. We will invite coaches according to the number of teams who reserve, providing one coach for each team.