Minnesota Schools of Character & Promising Practices Awards
Synergy & Leadership Exchange (Synergy) sponsors the State Schools of Character (SSOC) program in partnership with the Character Education Partnership (CEP). Minnesota is one of 30 states offering the SSOC program as a part of CEP’s prestigious Schools of Character program. The program recognizes all schools and districts that demonstrate an exemplary level of implementation of CEP’s Eleven Principles of Character Education.
The National and State Schools of Character programs are a school improvement process which offers the opportunity for self-assessment and expert feedback to schools and districts engaged in character education. Minnesota applicants reaching a standard of excellence at the state level are named State Schools of Character (for 3 years) by Synergy and those meeting a national standard of excellence are named National Schools of Character (for 5 years) by CEP. These schools and districts become part of a state and national network that serve as models and mentors to other educators.
The Minnesota Schools of Character (MNSOC) awards program has been in existence since 2008 and recognizes schools and/or districts that excel in exemplifying the eleven principles and demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives that yield positive results in student behavior, school climate, and academic performance. Participation in the state or national Schools of Character program utilizes the same online application, available on CEP’s website and due in early December each year. All public and private K-12 schools and districts are eligible to apply.
As part of the MNSOC program, Synergy also presents Promising Practices awards. The awards recognize successful, unique ways of reinforcing character traits in PreK-12 students. Practices must be in keeping with the eleven principles. Schools or youth serving organizations may apply for state and/or national recognition for their Promising Practices.
Minnesota Schools of Character and Promising Practice honorees are recognized by Synergy & Leadership Exchange at a celebration in May. National Schools of Character and Promising Practice honorees are recognized by CEP at the fall national character education forum.
2013 Minnesota School District of Character:
- Orono Public Schools* – Orono
2013 Minnesota Promising Practice Award:
- Avalon School** – St. Paul
- School for All Seasons – Isanti
- Waseca Junior & Senior High** – Waseca
*National School District of Character
**Recognized by CEP as a National Promising Practice
Congratulations to the all the 2013 Minnesota Schools of Character & Promising Practices honorees! Accomplishments were recognized May 16, 2013 at the State Capitol. View press release, event photos and the Governor's proclamation of Character Recognition Day in Minnesota.
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