A team of Eastern Christian School teachers and administrators presented on the subject of character education to a group of educators from across the US at the National Forum on Character Education in Atlanta, GA on October 17. While at the conference, sponsored by Character.org, the EC team also accepted a banner commemorating Eastern Christian School’s designation as one of only three school districts nationwide as National School Districts of Character,
The Eastern Christian team, consisting of Head of School Tom Dykhouse, ECMS Vice Principal Mary Faber, ECES Teacher Donna Holly, ECHS Teacher Jesse Wright, and Curriculum & Instruction Advisor Dick Van Yperen, presented on the topic, “Relevance Across the Ages, “ tracing the development of character education at Eastern Christian School. The presentation reviewed the manner in which character education is taught to students from the earliest grades through the day of their graduation from Eastern Christian School. The team discussed the school’s core values grounding in God’s word and in EC’s mission of preparing its students to become men and women of Christian vision and influence who are prepared to contribute to God’s mission of renewal and reconciliation.
Eastern Christian’s presentation marked the completion of a four year effort to earn the National School of Character designation and the beginning of its commitment to act as an advisor and exemplar to other schools around the nation which aspire to build effective character education programs.