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This page highlights partnerships offering educational opportunities in addition to individual workshops sponsored by Synergy & Leadership Exchange (Synergy). Registration for Synergy workshop sessions can be made online, utilizing Events.

Schools of Character Application Workshop
 This workshop is for school and district team members interested in learning more about the Schools of Character application process. Content will include information on building your team, stakeholder self-assessments, gathering data, application content, tips for success and what to expect after you apply. Each session is limited to 30 people. Register today!
Dates (register for one):
§  Oct. 5, South Central Service Cooperative, North Mankato
§  Oct. 12, MN Department of Education, Roseville
Time: 10–11:30 a.m.
Cost: $10/person
Registration Deadline: Oct. 2
Contact: Barb Bergseth, 507-389-5112
11 Principles Trainings
The 11 Principles is a framework for improving school climate and culture through a school-wide emphasis on character education. The framework is a tool for planning and assessment, complementary to other school climate improvement efforts (e.g. – PBIS, Responsive Classroom, social-emotional learning, restorative practices).To schedule an 11 Principles training for your school, contact Barb Bergseth at 507-389-5112 or

Schools of Character (SOC) Application Writing Support
If your school or district is planning to submit a School of Character application, you may be teamed up with a coach/mentor to review your draft and offer suggestions. Coach/mentors are principals and educational leaders from National Schools of Character in Minnesota. For more information, please contact Barb Bergseth at 507-389-5112 or 
If you have a question on a workshop, please contact the event coordinator at the numbers listed to the right.

Barbara Bergseth,, 612-419-3619 

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