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P-E-A-C-E: The Acronym

  by Ed DeRoche, Director, Character Education Resource Center University of San Diego   In the Center’s July newsletter, we described 25 Steps on becoming a culturally response teacher. Several responses and questions helped me develop the content for this blog. A few respondents believed that “civility is on the decline “and one teacher wrote: …

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The Essence of Character: Strengths, Skills, Habits

  by Ed DeRoche, Director, Character Education Resource Center, SOLES. USD  “Habits we train are habits we gain!” (author unknown)   In March, the Center sponsored a full day character education program offered by the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. It was terrific—all you have to do is ask the 79 teachers who attended. During …

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On Motivation

ON MOTIVATION by Ed DeRoche,, Director, Character Education Resource Center, SOLES. USD As one goes through life, one learns that if you don’t paddle your own canoe, you don’t move.      – Katharine Hepburn As you read in my February blog, Kendall C. Bronk, an associate professor of developmental psychology at Claremont Graduate University in California, …

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It’s What’s Up Front That Counts—The PRINCIPAL

by Ed DeRoche, Director, Character Education Resource Center, University of San Diego, January 2020 During the holidays, I had a conversation with a friend who is a district administrator in another state responsible for monitoring and assisting new principals and those experiencing “difficulties.“ Her story was filled with concerns about their administrative skills and leadership …

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The Twelve Days of Teaching Character & Civility

Teaching Character & Civility by Ed DeRoche, Director, Character Education Resource Center, SOLES. USD Seminar: I had just completed my 40-minute talk urging teachers and other school personnel to focus on the character development of students in their classrooms and schools: “What is it?” “Why do we need it?” “Where do we find the time …

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