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2011 Minnesota Promising Practices Award Program

 The Blake School, Minneapolis
*The Service Paths: Reflection and Recognition

Service Paths: Reflection and Recognition is a program that recognizes students who have provided one hundred public service hours in one year and shared their related reflection with others.
Contact –
Lisa Sackreiter, Teacher:
Lakes International Language Academy, Forest Lake (2)
*Classroom Agreements
Teacher and students collectively decide on rules and agreements for their classroom at the beginning of the year, those things for which they will hold themselves accountable.
– Julie Lundgren:
The Action Cycle
Students and staff apply the Action Cycle—Choose, Act, Reflect—to decision-making, units of inquiry, and social learning to the benefit of both academic and character development.
– Julie Lundgren:
Northfield Area Learning Center, Northfield
*Soy Scents Candle Company
A school based non-profit business operated by students who make and market soy candles and soaps, donating all profits to the Northfield food shelf.
Contact –
Cheryl Mathison, Teacher:
Northfield Middle School, Northfield
Systematic Student Management Plan
This school-wide effort to teach responsible behavior has reduced office referrals by more than 45%.
– Jeff Pesta, Principal:
Shirley Hills Primary, Mound
* Caring for Our Community
A month of activities completed to give back to their community or someone in their school that is facing a challenge.
– Ann Swanson, Principal:
Sibley East High School, Arlington
*Sibley East School Garden
A collaboration of students, staff and community partnerships created a Farm-to-School vegetable garden.
Contact – Jim Amsden, Principal:
Denotes a Minnesota Promising Practice that has received national recognition by the Character Education Partnership (CEP).

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