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Congratulations to the 2015 WEM Outstanding Educator Award Honorees accounced so far:
    Academic Challenge Coach: 
•  Ron Hustvedt, Salk Middle School, Elk River (Press Release)
•  Karlyn Doyle, North Junior High, St. Cloud (Press Release)
    Ethics in Education
•  Kelli Hanninen, Rossman Elementary, Detroit Lakes (Press Release)
•  James Sonju, Lincoln Elementary, Rochester (Press Release)
    Teacher Achievement
•  Jackie Alderman, The Minnesota Center in the Cambridge-Isanti School District (Press Release)
Gathering of Champions: Academic All-Star Nomination Now Open!
Educators, administrators and academic challenge coaches, celebrate your students by nominating them as Academic All-Stars.

Character Recognition Day – May 21
It’s official - Governor Dayton has proclaimed May 21 as Character Recognition Day in Minnesota! Synergy & Leadership Exchange will host the Character Recognition Awards ceremony at the state capitol on May 21. How will you celebrate? View proclamation. 
Performance Excellence Best Practice Conference
Learn best practices and ways to improve your leadership effectiveness, strategic planning processes, operational performance and more at PENworks 2015, April 27-28 in Brooklyn Center, MN. Network with hundreds of other leaders and professionals committed to continuous improvement and achieving performance excellence. More information.

Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium 7–11
The Seventh Annual Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium provides an opportunity for educators, administrators, counselors, psychologists, school board members and parents to gain a greater understanding of the unique needs of gifted and high potential learners. Visit the symposium website for complete details.

Praise from the U.S. Department of Education
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offers his congratulations to the 2014 National Schools of Character! Play video.

Science of Character
Check out this inspiring 8-minute video about how finding your inherent strengths can lead you to living a happier and more fulfilling life.

New from Reach for the Stars Affiliates:
  • Minnesota Future Problem Solving: State Competition Results
    Eight Global Issues Teams from the Centennial, Richfield and Roseville School Districts will be representing Minnesota at the international competition at Iowa State University in Ames, Iowa June 10-14. In addition to these teams, students will be competing as Individuals, Scenario Writers and on Multi-Affiliate teams from Westonka, St. Cloud and St. Charles Home School. Read more.
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