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Our previous newsletter, The Fourth & Fifth Rs (1995-2008), features character education classroom or schoolwide success stories and special-focus issues. Go to The Fourth & Fifth Rs archives.
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Winter 2014 Focusing on dating violence, the hookup culture, and girls at risk.
- Daughters in Danger by Elayne Bennett
- Sex Facts
- Sex Education: What Works? An Interview with Stan Weed
- Sex, Schools, and Social Suicide by Kevin Ryan
- 10 Tips
- Comebacks to Standard "Lines"
- Sense and Sexuality by Miriam Grossman, M.D.
- True Love Character Test by Thomas Lickona
Winter/Spring 2013 special issue on parenting and families
- Take Back Your Kids: How to Teach and Get Respect
by William Doherty
- The Power of a Positive Attitude and a Garbage-Free Mind
by Hal Urban
- Family Meetings: Solving Conflicts, Teaching Fairness
by Tom Lickona
- Conversation Starters: Promoting Family Communication
by Tom Lickona
Winter/Spring 2012 special issue on bullying
- Prevent Bullying, Promote Kindness: 20 Things All Schools Can Do
- Olweus Bullying Prevention Program: Update from U.S. Director
- Fostering Kindness with 7th-Graders
- How Can Parents Prevent Bullying and Monitor Kids' Tech Activity?
- Respect and Responsibility School Culture Survey
Winter 2011 special issue on academic integrity
- Power2Programs:Feedback from the Field
- Using the CREE for School Improvement
- Building Character on the Gridiron
- Performance Character/Moral Character Ball
- Best Work, Best Self: The Pursuit of Excellence & Ethics at The Shipley School
- Johnny Appleseed: A Tale of Character
- Packing Our Backpacks for the 5th-Grade Journey
- Power2Learn & Power2Teach: National Field-Testing Underway
- Born Again Teacher: Transforming Math Class Through the Power of Character
- The Power of a Touchstone
- Stand for the Best
- Integrating Moral and Performance Character
- Raising Boys: 7 Tips
- The Four KEYS: Maximizing the Power of Any Character Education Practice
- What Science Says About the 4 KEYS
- How Can We Get Students to Care About Quality? Revise, Revise, Revise
- Improving Our Own Character: A Humbling Journey
- Did a Lack of Virtue Contribute to the Economic Collapse?
- Power to Learn
- Maximizing the Power of Character through the Integration of Excellence and Ethics
- What Science Says About Performance Character and Moral Character
- Why Not Your Best? Creating a Culture of Excellence in the Classroom
- Using the CREE to Measure Excellence and Ethics
- An Invitation to Join the Smart & Good Schools Initiative
The Fourth & Fifth Rs newsletter, published from 1995-2008, features classroom and schoolwide character education success stories and special-focus topics such as parenting, bullying, the emotional dangers of premature sexual involvement, and preventing school violence.
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- The Virtues Project: Bringing Out Every Child's Inner Goodness
- What Works in Character Education?
- 10 Emotional Dangers of Premature Sexual Involvement
- Yes Pa: The Power of a Positive Attitude
- Putting Virtue Into Action: The Darfur Crisis
- Raising Children of Character: 10 Principles
- From Chaos to Character: Walnut Middle School's Story
- Fostering an Ethic of Excellence
- The Power of a Touchstone
- Weaving Character Education Into Language Arts
- St. Leonard Elementary: A National School of Character
- Creating School "Families"
- 8 Strengths of Character for Success in School, Work, and Beyond
- A Class of Character: "This is Who We Are"
- "Walking the Talk" at Harris Hill Elementary
- Curbing Bad Language
- Teaching With Character Quotations
- Identity and Adolescents: How Adults Can Help
- Teaching Character Through Real Heroes
- Helping Kids--and Adults--Take Responsibility for Their Own Character
- Developing Performance Character and Moral Character in Youth
- The Content of Our Character: Ten Essential Virtues
- Teaching Character Through the Classics
- Coach's Checklist
- Growing Character in the Elementary Classroom
- Integrating Academics and Character: The "Laws of Life" Essay Contest
- Peers Teaching Abstinence
- New Hampton School: A National School of Character
- Character Education Strategies in America's Blue Ribbon Schools
- High School Character Education: Researching Promising Practices
- Reducing Relational Aggression
- "Civics in Action": Lessons in Character and Citizenship
- Character Quotes
- The Structural Approach to Character Education
- The Power of a Pledge
- The One-Minute Philosopher
- Love and Life at the Movies: Educating for Character Through the Film Classics
- Building Character at Hilltop Elementary
- Making Sense of Tolerance and Diversity
- Children's Literature and Character Development
- May Peace Prevail on Earth
- Character First in Hamburg
- Integrating Character and Academics
- Preventing School Violence: What Can We Do?
- Focusing on Student Outcomes
- Building a Classroom Community
- Maxim-izing Your Life
- The Heart of Character Education
- Character Education: Teaching Values, Valuing Teachers
- Morgan Road Elementary School: A National School of Character
- Respect and Responsibility at West Genesee High
- Elementary, Middle and High School Character Education Conferences
- Building a Nation of Character
- Helping Kids to Handle Hardship
- Developing Democratic Character
- Making a Difference in High School
- Character and the Class Meeting
- 2001 Summer Conferences in Character Education
- Parenting for Good Character
- Middle School Character Education
- Educating for Character at The Summit
- Teaching Kids About the Value of Respect
- Middle School Resources
- Summer Conferences in Character Education
- A Curriculum for Developing World-Class Citizens
- 12 Ways to Prevent Peer Cruelty
- Honesty: Why It's Still the Best Policy
- The Power of a Compliment
- Nashua, New Hampshire's Community-Wide Character Initiative
- Canandaigua's Community-Wide Character Initiative
- Character Education at Hartford Union High: Becoming a "1st Class School"
- Improving Bus Behavior by Teaching Kids to Be "Bus Buddies"
- PREVIEW: Family Movie & TV Review
- 30 Ways Mayors and Local Government Can Promote Good Character
- The Presidential Scandal: A Teachable Moral Moment
- Action Research "By Accident": Language at Lansing Middle School
- "Life Lessons" at Troup High School
- Fostering Goodness Through Children's Literature
- Books That Build Character
- The Choices We Get To Make
- Maintaining Momentum in a Character Education Program
- Virtue of the Week at Buck Lodge
- Learning and Living the Character Message
- Ten Tips for Raising Children of Character
- Teaching My Younger Sister About Sex and Love: Countering "Going To Do It Anyway"
- Educating the Head, the Heart and the Hand
- Children Always Respecting Everyone: Forestville's C.A.R.E. Program
- What's Working at Wellwood Middle School
- The 11 Commandments of Character Education Leadership
- Potential Sources of Funding for Character Education
- Check Out These Web Sites
- Character Education at Wasatch High: An Eight-Point Plan
- Character Education in the Classroom
- The Character of Education: Promises to Keep
- Homer School-Business Partnership Promotes Character
- 1997 Summer Institute in Character Education
- K-12 Character Education in Locust Valley
- "Friendship" Begins Virtues Program at Wellwood Middle School
- First Summer Institute Gives Participants New Hope
- From the Director . . .
- Setting a Good Example: A Faculty Self-Inventory
- 2nd Annual Summer Institute Set for June 24-28, 1996
- Whatever Happened to Good Manners?
- Standing Tall: The Heroes' Path to Character