The nonprofit group EPIC (Every Person Influences Children) has launched an online resource for parents, teachers, school administrators, and community members to gain insight into the “whys” and “how tos” of effective parenting and character education. Backed by a $500,000 grant from the John R. Oishei Foundation, the site includes a section for parents–featuring topics such as “Helping My Children Learn” and “Managing Behavior”–as well as for teachers. In the Teachers section, educators will find strategies for working with parents and boosting student achievement. EPIC also takes a look at the challenges confronted by the nation’s schools–from funding dilemmas to professional development and stakeholder training. Thomas E. Baker, president of the John R. Oishei Foundation, said of the site, “EPIC approached our foundation with a vision for serving families through technology and the media. This comprehensive web site positions them to achieve exactly that. They’ve created a place on the web where parents, teachers, and community members can gain knowledge and become a positive force in the character education of our young people.”

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