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Two Rivers Public Charter School Discusses Character Education on Education Writers Association Panel

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    Katie Park

In today’s divisive environment,  many believe that an emphasis on character education within schools is important. Two Rivers Public Charter School, an EL Education Credentialed and Mentor School in Washington D.C., recently participated in a panel discussion on the topic at the Education Writers Association national seminar. 

Jessica Wodatch, the executive director of Two Rivers discussed how the school, “altered its planned professional development after the presidential election to guide teachers in helping kids who were worried about immigration and other issues.” There were sessions for parents to talk about differences as well as support for students who were worried about their future.

“‘I think of building … character, community, and citizenship as an integral part of all of our school.’She cited as examples regular “morning meetings” for all students, the emphasis on “scholarly habits” such as working hard, being a team player, and caring for the community, and embedding character and citizenship dimensions into ten-week academic exploration projects students tackle, called expeditions.”

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