October 2016: The Good Project Newsletter
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Dear Good Project Friends,

This month, we spread the word about Common Sense Media's Digital Citizenship Week and share some resources that can help educators explore this topic. We also announce the release of a new chapter about The Good Project in a recently-published book. The Good Idea of the Month is "Reviving Civility," a campaign that we joined to bring civility back to the presidential debates.
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Digital Citizenship Week:
October 16-22, 2016

For more than a decade, The Good Project has conducted research about the ways in which young people use digital media and how online behaviors and interactions with peers shape developing senses of identity, imagination, and responsibility.

We are excited to share that Common Sense Media, with whom we partnered during the creation of their K-12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum, has announced that October 16-22, 2016, is Digital Citizenship Week! During this week, they are asking teachers to take the pledge to teach students about how to be safe, responsible, and respectful online. Students can also take their own pledges about what being a good digital citizen means to them. Click here to find out more.

You can also use The Good Project's own tools to help guide these types of conversations within or outside of the classroom. Check out the OurSpace curriculum, which helps young people think about their online actions in terms of five key elements: identity, privacy, authorship and ownership, credibility, and participation. You can see additional relevant resources, including examples of how others have taught digital citizenship to their students, by clicking here.

Share what you or your students are doing on social media with the hashtag #DigCitWeek, and don't forget to tag us at @GPHarvard and Common Sense Media at @CommonSenseEd!
Chapter About The Good Project Appears in New Book for Educators

A newly-published book for teachers includes a chapter about The Good Project by members of our team!

In From the Laboratory to the Classroom: Translating Science of Learning for Teachers, Amelia Peterson, Danny Mucinskas, and Howard Gardner have written a chapter called "Teaching for Good Work, Teaching as Good Work." In this piece, the authors describe the origins and findings of the Good Work Project, an original investigation that began in the mid-1990s that explored the meaning of "good work" across professional domains. The chapter then goes on to survey best practices and challenges to implementation for educators through the lenses of excellence, ethics, and engagement at schools, illustrating some ways that instructors can apply these ideas.

Learn more about this book on Amazon, where you can see the full list of contributions that make academic research relevant to classroom practice.
Good Idea of the Month: 
Revive Civility

With Election Day in the United States now less than a month away, many Americans have become fatigued by the consistent negative rhetoric employed on the presidential campaign trail and reported by the 24-hour news cycle.

Last month, The Good Project joined forces with 75 other organizations in a call to "Revive Civility" during the presidential debates, demanding that candidates, moderators, and audiences be respectful of one another and of the debate format. This effort was coordinated by the National Institute for Civil Discourse (NICD). 

For The Good Project, as for the NICD, the focus on civility goes beyond the current election. Throughout our work, we have maintained that one of the keys to understanding "good work," "good play," "good collaboration," and our other concepts and frameworks is the ability to engage in respectful discourse with others. The mutual benefit that comes with taking the time to listen to diverse opinions and perspectives helps all of us and results in a thriving civic environment for our society.

The final Presidential debate of this race will take place this coming Wednesday, October 19. Join us in the call to #ReviveCivility on social media. In the coming months and beyond, it is important that we all remember the role that respectful and responsible conversation holds in both democratic nations and in all of our daily lives as we interact with one another.
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Recent Blog Posts

Students Consider the “Good Life” at the University of Florida
Students at the University of Florida participate in a unique course about the meaning of the "good life," which includes an exploration of their values using The Good Project's Value Sort activity.

The Professional Ethicist
Click above to read the latest releases from Howard Gardner's blog "The Professional Ethicist," including strategies for handling ethical dilemmas and how education and adult role models shape the behaviors of children who will someday become professionals.
Links of Interest

The Global Search for Education: Just Imagine Secretary Gardner
Gardner reveals what his priorities would be if he were the US Secretary of Education (CMRubinWorld).

Professional Ethics and the Classroom
Teachers don't have a universal code of ethics, but they confront many grey areas as frequently as other professions (RealClearEducation).

Have Politics Become So Ugly That Educators Are Afraid To Teach Civics?
The ugliness of the 2016 election has repelled many educators from teaching civics, but it comes at a cost (Fast Company).

What is Ethics?
The concept of "ethics" is explained through values, principles, and purpose in practice (The Ethics Centre).

Can Morality Be Taught?
One educator believes that experiential learning holds the key to shaping moral character in young people at this crucial time (The Atlantic).

Do the Right Thing. (But How?)
A teacher details her experiences navigating tough situations in the classroom together with her students (Harvard Ed. Magazine).

The Global Search For Education: What Character?
Cathy Rubin interviews Charles Fadel about why character education is important for schools today (The Huffington Post)

If War Can Have Ethics, Wall Street Can, Too
Economic powers, particularly in the financial sector, must take steps towards a more "just" configuration of the economy (The New York Times).
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