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Congratulations to the 2015 Character Recognition Awards Honorees
Honorees will be recognized at a celebration on May 21. View honorees.

11 Principles Trainings – Aug. 11, 12 or 13
The 11 Principles is a framework for improving school climate and culture through a school-wide emphasis on character education. More information.

Congratulations to the 2015 WEM Outstanding Educator Award State Honorees:
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, Cambridge-Isanti School District (Press Release)
Eric Friberg, Henry Sibley High School, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan School District (Press Release)
Excellence in Education:
Karen Rusthoven, Founder, Community of Peace Academy

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. 

Hormel Foundation Gifted and Talented Education Symposium June 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.

New from Reach for the Stars Affiliates:
  • Academic Decathlon®: St. Peter Academic Decathlon Team Medals at National Finals
    St. Peter Academic Decathlon team earned six individual medals at the United States Academic Decathlon® National Finals in Garden Grove, California April 16–18, an impressive feat amongst the top 33 teams in the nation as well as 11 teams from China, two from the United Kingdom and 53 individual students. Read More.

  • 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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