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Press Release: edWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announce an online community on character development

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edWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation announce an online community on character development, “Lessons of Personal Bravery and Self-Sacrifice”

PRINCETON, NJ, January 14, 2014 – The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation (CMOHF) has undertaken a broad range of education Initiatives aimed at increasing awareness of the Medal of Honor and what it represents. The Medal of Honor has a powerful history. Most Recipients are ordinary Americans who have performed incredible acts of valor under extraordinary circumstances, and at the risk of their own lives. Only 77 individuals are living to tell their tale of bravery, courage and good citizenship, and to use their words to inspire a new generation of heroes.

One of the major initiatives of the CMOHF is the Medal of Honor Character Development Program, a free teacher resource for middle and high school students. The program provides more than 50 lesson plans, over 100 video vignettes of the Medal of Honor Recipients themselves, as well as videos of hometown heroes selected by the Medal of Honor Recipients as “Citizen Heroes.”

edWeb.net and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation have created an online professional learning community that will help teachers use this free, valuable and inspiring resource with their students. The community is free and will host webinars and online discussions on the important concepts of courage, commitment, sacrifice, patriotism, integrity and citizenship. The webinars will provide an opportunity for Medal of Honor Recipients to discuss the importance of character and speak directly with teachers and students on their experiences. The webinars will be facilitated by an educator from the Medal of Honor Foundation and will include demonstrations on how to use the curriculum in the classroom.

The community provides a forum for collaboration and discussion with experts and peers about why character is important for us all-but especially for today’s students who are tomorrow’s leaders. Character is best taught by example…and there are no greater examples than our nation’s true heroes.

An introductory webinar, “Lessons on Courage, Integrity, and Good Citizenship: The Medal of Honor Character Development Program” will be presented on Thursday, January 30th at 4pm Eastern Time. Register here.

Brian Williams, Anchor and Managing Editor of NBC Nightly News, is a leading advocate for the Medal of Honor Character Development Program. He says, “I wish these [Medal of Honor recipients] were the stars of baseball cards in this country… I wish kids grew up knowing these Recipients’ stats. We’re trying to spread the word about what kind of citizens these are; we’re trying to spread the word that these qualities will help you in many ways. So we had this theory… that you could use these Recipients as a teaching tool.”

Lisa Schmucki, the founder and CEO of edWeb.net, commented, “This is a very special honor to host an online community where Recipients of the Medal of Honor can speak directly to teachers and students about their experiences and the values of bravery, commitment, and self-sacrifice. We are thrilled to provide a way for more teachers to learn about this program.”

If you are an educator, join the free learning community, Lessons on Bravery and Self-Sacrifice: The Medal of Honor Character Development Program, to stay informed about upcoming webinars, join in on discussions with peers and experts, and gain access to valuable resources.

The Medal of Honor Character Development Program is free and available online and on DVD. Learn more at http://cmohfoundation.org/educational-outreach/erie-project.

For more information, contact:

Jenifer Morack, Program Development, edWeb.net
609-439-8103 | jenifer@edweb.net

Kathleen Bell | Director, Marketing and Outreach, Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
703-469-1861 | kbell@cmohfoundation.org

About the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation
The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, a non-profit 501©(3), was founded by the Congressional Medal of Honor Society which consists exclusively of the living recipients of the Medal. The mission of the Foundation is to reach out to the citizens of America and its youth to promote an awareness of what the Medal of Honor represents and how ordinary Americans through courage, sacrifice, selfless service and patriotism can challenge fate and change the course of history. The Foundation has undertaken a broad range of initiatives at increasing awareness of the Medal of Honor and what it represents. Learn more at www.cmohfoundation.org.

About edWeb.net
edWeb.net is a professional social and learning network for the education community that makes it easy to connect and collaborate with colleagues, share information and best practices, and create professional learning communities. edWeb hosts free professional learning communities on key topics in education and won the 2012 Edublog Award for Best Free and Open Professional Development for Educators. edWeb reaches 3.5 million educators in the U.S. through our membership and our partnership with MCH Strategic Data. Learn more at www.edweb.net. Follow @edwebnet on Twitter.

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