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What’s that kid doing in the tree?

A writer encounters a group of kids climbing trees, wading in streams, and using maps to find a trail in a state park. Where are their parents? They’re practicing “masterly inactivity,” a concept Naomi Schaefer Riley explores in her new book, Be the Parent, Please: Stop Banning Seesaws and Start Banning SnapChat.

Focus on character in CA school drives results

Escondido, California’s Conway Elementary School struggled as one of the lowest-performing schools in its district for years, until a new approach to learning focused on character development helped to turn things around.

Values-driven charter school network receives honor

The Denver Schools of Science and Technology (DSST) has earned the Succeeds Prize for Transformational Impact in high school education in recognition of its deep commitment to forming students’ character, 9News reports.

In EL Schools, students learn citizenship by participation

A staffer from the local alderman’s office called Ryan Maxwell, a teacher at an EL (formerly Expeditionary Learning) School, to ask: “Can you please instruct your class to stop calling us?” The school’s approach to forming citizens was working a little bit too well.

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