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CharacterPlus Colleagues and Friends –
With the holiday season upon us, I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support and engagement in transforming your schools to create the best learning environment for your staff and students. Both quantitative and qualitative data show that our focused efforts on implementing best transformational practices can make a positive impact on both academics and behavior. I applaud you all for your continued efforts to focus on what is important for our students.
Please take time to step back from all of your hard work and reflect on the positive impact your efforts have made. Take time to celebrate your leadership and your focus on doing what is right. Take time to honor your students and your colleagues and yourself! Enjoy your family and friends; rest, relax, rejoice and re-energize.
I look forward to continuing to partner with you on our journeys to excellence at your districts and schools. Let’s make 2017 the best year as we move forward with shared clarity, shared coherence and shared purpose.
Please remember the CharacterPlus team is here for you. Don’t hesitate to call us.
Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!
Dr. Julie Sperry
Executive Director of CharacterPlus
Director of Leadership
Gateway2Change Student Summit
Gateway2Change held their second Student Summit on Race of the 2016‐17 school year on Thursday, November 17 at Emerson World Headquarters in Ferguson.
During this summit, student leaders were joined by representatives from local businesses and organizations who presented real‐world challenges they are facing in the areas of social and cultural difference, diversity and equity. Local businesses and organizations that participated in the summit included 1st Financial Credit Union, Build‐A‐Bear, Children’s Miracle Network, Edward Jones, Emerson, Monsanto and Mayor Slay’s office.
Students have been paired with a sibling school and over the next few months they will meet and collaborate on solutions for solving the real‐world challenge. These plans will be presented at the final summit on March 10, 2017.
The Student Summits on Race are being led by two national recognized speakers, Dr. Terrell Strayhorn from The Ohio State University and Mr. Joe Beckman, a national youth motivator. Dr. Strayhorn and Mr. Beckman are leading more than 350 high school students representing 38 area high schools in their efforts to become leaders for positive change in their community.
In addition to Dr. Strayhorn and Joe Beckman, Dr. Charles Pearson, Superintendent for the Normandy Schools Collaborative, addressed the group during this summit. To view Dr. Pearson's remarks, please visit our Facebook page.
Create Our Logo Contest
CharacterPlus wants a new creative logo and we need your help!
We are seeking input from K-12 students who can capture our vision:
A World Where Positive Character Is Universal
How does character education shape and transform your school? What do you think of when you hear our new mission?
“To inspire and empower positive character development in young people by connecting with schools, families, and communities to provide character education resources, processes, and support.”
We are excited to see your thoughts on paper!
How to Enter
1.Submissions will be accepted until January 6, 2017.
2.Send directly to: firstname.lastname@example.org or mail to:
CharacterPlus Attn: Logo Contest
1460 Craig Road
St. Louis, MO 63146
1.Brand: This logo will be on our website, social media platforms and other print material. We want it to be creative, yet legible and professional.
2.Ownership: Once submitted, all ownership, privacy and intellectual property rights of the logo belong to CharacterPlus. Designs may be modified or altered as needed to achieve printing and theme goals.
3.Logos may not include trademarked, copyrighted or licensed images.
We respect and honor all submissions, therefore we want to share your hard work with our community. All inspiring and innovative ideas will be posted on our website and social media.
On Friday, December 9, CharacterPlus teamed up with the Midwest Education Technology Community (METC) for the inaugural Educating Digital Citizens Today, or #DigCitDay workshop. As the need for both educating and supporting our digital citizens grows, the need for learning HOW to reach them and WHAT resources are available also increased.
In attendance were experts, educators, parents and student presenters- nearly 100 participants in all! Hear what they had to say about the importance of Digital Citizenship, and why they participated in #DigCitDay here.
Year End Appeal
We were inspired with the generosity of our first participation in Giving Tuesday.
We offer our sincere thanks to those that contributed to CharacterPlus!
As we approach the end of 2016, you have one more opportunity to help build a world where positive character is universal... one classroom at a time. We hope you will consider making a donation to CharacterPlus in your end of year giving plans.
Your gift will directly impact the needs of children and faculty that we support every day.
State Schools of Character - $1,000+
Your contribution provides schools the resources to compete of this prestigious recognition.
District Contributor - $500-$999
Your contribution supports professional development as we build safe and caring school communities.
School Contributor - $250-$499
Your contribution builds a strong foundation of character education for the entire school community.
Classroom Contributor - $250 or less
Your contribution supports daily classroom activities throughout the year.
Together we are fulfilling our Vision Statement-
A World Where Positive Character is Universal
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