The Ray Center is proud to partner with the Drake University women’s basketball program to celebrate CHARACTER COUNTS! Each year, we pack the Knapp Center with 6,000+ students for a home game to celebrate good character, health, and wellness.
In 2020, we are unable to host the in-person event due to the COVID-19 pandemic. We look forward to welcoming students and educators back to campus in 2021 – go Bulldogs!
Return to Learn with the Six Pillars
Parents, families, educators, and students are making incredibly challenging decisions as they return to learning with the continued uncertainties of the global health pandemic. The Six Pillars of Character (trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and citizenship) can provide a guide for families, students, and educators to maximize the opportunity to provide the safest and impactful education experience.
Character Education with the Iowa Department of Education
Character education resources from The Ray Center and the Iowa Department of Education to support learning in classrooms and the home during the pandemic. Resources include A Family’s Guide to Teaching Good Character and free lesson plans with a search function by grade level and topical focus.
Ted Talks recommendations for parents and educators
How to Make Stress Your Friend (Kelly McGonigal)
Length: 15 minutes
Stress has been made into a public health enemy, but new research suggests that stress may only be bad for you if you believe that to be the case. Psychologist Kelly McGonigal urges us to see stress as a positive, and introduces us to an unsung mechanism for stress reduction: reaching out to others.
The Happy Secret to Better Work (Shawn Achor)
Length: 13 minutes
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? Psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
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Receive a 10% discount at the CHARACTER COUNTS! Store!
Visit store.charactercounts.org and use the coupon code DRAKE20 to receive 10% off of your order.
Valid for one order per user. Expires 1/31/21.
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