Character Development. One Episode at a time.


The Harbor, featuring Mike Smith and guests, facilitates the teaching of character development in classrooms by showcasing tangible life lessons through a school year's worth of episodes with rich, raw and engaging video content. Designed for the classroom, Renaissance members have access to a downloadable critical thinking discussion guide to foster student-led discussions for each episode

All six seasons and 160 episodes are listed below, with most recent episodes at the top. Use the "Browse by Keyword" link below to see topics covered and filter episodes by topic.

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Season 6


Speaking negatively about other people often comes from a place of low self-esteem or feeling threatened by the success of others — and it can be very detrimental to establishing trust within a group or a community. On this episode of The Harbor by Jostens, Mike and guest Tom Cody challenge gossipers to examine why they gossip and offer tips on how to redirect their energy into being more positive contributors to society.

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Season 6

Mike explores what living and leading by example means, and how leadership is contagious and can change the culture of a school.

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Season 2

Mike shares his realization that learning to forgive and asking for forgiveness are signs of strength and maturity.

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