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Organized under thirty character traits,
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unique students. Topics range from Integrity and
Conflict Resolution to Decision Making and Goal
Setting. Choose from scores of full lesson plans, over 100
compelling people stories, hundreds of activities, quotes, and
factual data. Use stories as "Intercom Insights" or incorporate
them into your Life Skills or Character Education curriculum.
Use Steven Spielberg's early
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Reading on Character & Life Skills
Serious about helping students? Let's keep learning! Here are
some books that have been useful to us over the past year:
Miller, Enjoy Your Money! How to Make It, Save It, Invest It and
Give It. Hot off the press in 2009, this unique book
entertains as it brings motivation, character and charity into
personal money management.
Lickona and Davidson,
Smart & Good High Schools: Integrating Excellence and Ethics for
Success in School, Work, and Beyond (A Report to the Nation).
How to transform your high school, drawn from an extensive study of
schools that are making it happen. A must read!
Buckingham and Coffman,
First, Break All the Rules: What the World's Greatest Managers
Based on the largest study of it's kind ever done - over 80,000
managers in 400 companies! The implications are critical for
leading character ed, managing schools and managing families.
Buckingham and Clifton,
Now, Discover Your Strengths.
A follow-up to the above book, the authors show how to identify
and develop your strengths and talents. Could start a small
revolution in "strength-based schools."
Educating for Character: How Our Schools Can Teach Respect and
An international authority on moral development tells us clearly
and practically how to do character education in the school
My Personal Best : Life Lessons from an All-American Journey.
Wooden "combined... overwhelming success with... unshakeable
integrity." (Bob Costas, NBC Sports)
Lesson Plans that Change Lives
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Sharpen Your Skills
See our collection of free articles
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set of character education/ Life Skills articles available on
the Web. Learn from other leaders' experiences with failure and
success. Gather ideas from some of the top names in their
"I have to say that this lesson
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classroom because my students will be able to relate to the
activities (i.e. Liar, Liar... Spiderman....using candy,
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involved." - Sixth Grade Social Studies Teacher (Click
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New!! Hot Stuff!
We're excited about our new resources
for those teaching personal money management!
Reviews on our money management text have been outstanding.
free teacher resources (reviews of other money management
books, lesson plans, stories, activities) in a special section
of the site and offer free sample chapters of our text. As
always, we treasure your input each step of the way.
on our site! Use current events to reinforce character, such as
NFL quarterbacks quarterbacks
Drew Brees, Peyton Manning, or the remarkable comeback of
stories on how John Lennon
and Paul McCartney overcame poverty and other obstacles to
Discuss the life skills possessed by
C.S. Lewis, author of the
Chronicles of Narnia. Tell your students how George Lucas
could have never produced
Star Wars without certain character traits. The
Spiderman Trilogy says so much about character! Use facts
from the production of the wildly successful
Lord of the Rings
trilogy to teach diligence or overcoming life's obstacles.
is the most recognizable scientist in the world. You know his
strengths, but do you know his weaknesses? What can they teach us
about endurance and success?
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