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Reach for the Stars in the News
Joe Nathan, Center for School Change, featured the Reach for the Stars Catalogue  in his weekly newspaper column. Read more

Gathering of Champions Logo Contest
Submit your designs for the 2017 Gathering of Champions logo. The winning design will be featured on banners, T-shirts, magnets and other event items.

Are You Ready to Become the Next Minnesota School of Character?
The 2017 Schools of Character application is now open and offers schools the opportunity for recognition, reflection and professional feedback to guide you on a path to improvement. Application deadline is Dec. 5, 2016. Learn more.
Celebrate Your Promising Practices in Character Education
Receive recognition for the unique practices your school is successfully implementing. Application deadline is Feb. 10, 2017. Learn more.
Nominate a Program for a Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award (MELA)
Anyone may nominate an exemplary community program for a MELA; nominated programs are invited to complete an application to become eligible for the award. Nominations due Dec. 1, 2016. Learn more.
Educate, Inspire, Empower at the 2016 National Forum
Join other educators from across the country at the 2016 National Forum on Character Education, Oct. 14–15 in Washington, D.C. Learn more.
Dare to Dream – National Service-Learning Conference
Join more than 1,000 youth and adults from across the country and around the world for four days of learning, inspiration and connection. Dare to Dream will be held March 22-25, 2017 in Anaheim, Calif. Learn more.

Congratulations to the 2016 Character Recognition Award Honorees
Nine schools and three community programs were celebrated May 26 at the Character Recognition Awards. Read more and see event photos. 

Congratulations to our 2016 WEM Outstanding Educator Award Honorees:
Academic Challenge Coach: 
Jennifer Doom, Tech High School, St. Cloud (Press Release)
Rebekah Haddad, Glencoe-Silver Lake High School (Press Release)

Ethics in Education:
Heather Wilsey, Garlough Elementary, West St. Paul (Press Release
Carla Allen, School for All Seasons, Isanti (Press Release)

Teacher Achievement:
Christian Houdek, Armatage Montessori School, Minneapolisb (Press Release)
Judy Nygard Broekemeier, Fairview Elementary, Mora (Press Release)
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