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Character Day: A Global Event for Exploring Social and Emotional Learning through Films, Discussions

Wednesday, August 17, 2016 @ 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT

Character Day

Presented by Tiffany Shlain, Founder of Let it Ripple Film Studio; with Yalda T. Uhls, PhD, Expert on Child Development, Research, Education and Media
Hosted by Common Sense Education and Sponsored by Symantec


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How do you disseminate ideas on the science of character, social emotional learning, and flourishing in today’s world far and wide? Emmy-nominated filmmaker and founder of the Webby Awards Tiffany Shlain spoke about Character Day, a movement that unites people from all over the world to discuss these ideas. It’s now in its third year, and over 20,000 events at schools and organizations around the world have signed up for Character Day, which is set for September 22, 2016. Character Day is a free annual day where students and educators from around the world screen films on the science of character development from different perspectives. Students dive into free printed discussion materials and join an online global conversation around character and the importance of developing character strengths (resilience, grit, empathy, courage, kindness) — all rooted in evidence-based research.

In today’s 24/7 digital world, parents are concerned about the messages their kids are soaking up from the media they consume.  In this recorded webinar, viewers also will hear from Dr. Yalda T Uhls about Common Sense Media’s new rating system which identifies movies and TV shows that teach children character strengths. Yalda shared how Common Sense Media’s new rating tools help parents discover, use, and choose movies and TV shows that portray positive character strengths and life skills in a way that experts have determined can support kids’ development.

Learn how to bring Character Day to your school! K-12 administrators, teachers, and counselors will benefit from viewing this recorded webinar.


Tiffany Shlain Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and Webby Awards founder. She has received over 70 awards and distinctions for her films and work, and has been named by Newsweek as “one of the women shaping the 21st century.” Four of her films have premiered at Sundance, and the U.S. State Department sends her to embassies around the world to show her films and represent America as part of the American Film Showcase. Tiffany runs a nonprofit in San Francisco called Let It Ripple: Mobile Films for Global Change. Let It Ripple hosts an annual global event called Character Day, where they offer schools and organizations around the globe free films and resources. Follow Tiffany on Twitter @Tiffanyshlain.


Yalda Uhls Dr. Yalda T. Uhls works with the national non-profit Common Sense Media on their research initiatives and their entertainment outreach. With over 15 years of senior executive experience in the entertainment industry working at MGM and Sony, as well as a receiving a PhD in child psychology from UCLA, she is something of a media unicorn. Yalda’s understanding of how media content is created, as well as the science of how media affects children, informs her unique perspective. She conducts her own research with UCLA and is a nationally recognized expert in the field, frequently quoted in outlets such as the New York Times and Time Magazine. In addition, Yalda has shared her expertise at places like the White House, PBS and many top independent schools. She recently published Media Moms & Digital Dads, a parenting book which breaks down the research in an easy-to-read fashion, with actionable takeaways. Follow Yalda on Twitter @DrYaldaUhls.



common sense educationCommon Sense Education provides teachers and schools with free research-based classroom tools to help students harness technology for learning and life. Our K–12 Digital Citizenship Curriculum and interactive games teach students how to make safe, smart, and ethical decisions in the digital world. And our revolutionary educational rating system, Common Sense Graphite, helps educators discover, use, and share high-quality digital products that propel student learning.


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Wednesday, August 17, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
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