Mission: The School for Ethical Education (SEE) recognizes the need for an increased focus on ethical behavior within human interactions. We also affirm the contribution of sound ethical reasoning in the advancement of ethical behavior. To promote our vision, SEE uses a variety of methods to provide educators strategies to support positive character formation in their students.
Target demographics: teachers learn strategies to support student ethical and character development
Direct beneficiaries per year: over 5,000 participants (adults and students) were engaged in one of our programs to put ethics in action.
Geographic areas served: Connecticut and beyond
Programs: Integrity Works! an academic integrity project, Laws of Life essay writing to helps students reflect, discuss and write about values to help them live successfully and YES: Youth Ethics in Service a service learning project.
I have served as a judge for the past eight years for the Laws of Life essay program, which is a student writing and character development project that is capped each spring with an award program for the writers, their teachers and family members at an Annual Awards Dinner. The celebration honors ten Connecticut students who have written outstanding essays that reflect their own deepest values and character goals based upon their personal experience. I can honestly say that the gathering held in New Haven this past May was the best organized and most inspiring celebration of its kind that I have ever attended. The recipient of the annual Ethics in Action award, Cindi Bigelow, could not have been a more positive and effective spokesperson for all that SEE seeks to represent; with her special brand of humor, intelligence, and generosity, the President and CEO of Bigelow Tea asked each of the 10 student recipients to stand as she briefly summarized the highlights of each essay. What a splendid model in character, ethics, and leadership this inspiring honoree set for every one of us in attendance!