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2014 Gathering of Champions T-shirts Now Available
All proceeds from t-shirt sales help fund next year's program. Order yours today!

Praise from the U.S. Department of Education
Secretary of Education Arne Duncan offers his congratulations to the 2014 National Schools of Character! Play video.
2014 Academic All-Stars: Register for the Gathering of Champions
Were you nominated as a 2014 Academic All-Star? Don't forget to register to attend the Gathering of Champions on Aug. 1. Choose from one of 10 ceremony times. Let's celebrate!

National Recognition for Minnesota Schools
Congratulations to AFSA High School, Avalon School, North Jr. High, Northfield Middle School, Sibley East Elementary, St. Paul City School, and Waseca Jr. & Sr. High for receiving 2014 National Promising Practices in Character Education. Read More. 

11 Principles Trainings – Aug. 12, 13 or 14
Build the foundation for a safe and supportive school. Three locations – North Mankato, Staples and St. Paul. View the flier for more information or register now.

Leading with Character: What’s Your Direction? – Nov. 5
Get inspired and strengthen your own leadership with practical advice and ideas from leaders who know firsthand the value of positive character. KSTP Sports Anchor Joe Schmit to present along with others, including Frank White, John Harrington, John Tauer and Verna Price. View complete lineup and registration information.

Science of Character
Check out this inspiring 8-minute video about how finding your inherent strengths can lead you to living a happier and more fulfilling life.

Congratulations to 2014 WEM Outstanding Educator Award Winners:
  • Excellence in Education honoree Dorwatha Woods from Ascension Catholic School. Read More.
  • Academic Challenge Coach honoree Sheila Johnston from Richfield Public Schools. Read more.
  • Academic Challenge Coach honoree Huy Nguyen from White Bear Lake Area Schools. Read more.
  • Ethics in Education honoree Jennifer Parker from the West St. Paul–Mendota Heights–Eagan Area SchoolsRead more.
  • Ethics in Education honoree Claire Gilbert from the Lakes International Language Academy. Read more.
  • Teacher Achievement honoree Meredith Huikko from Delano Public Schools. Read more.
  • Teacher Achievement honoree Peter Bohacek from West St. Paul-Mendota Heights-Eagan Area SchoolsRead more.

Community of Peace Academy in St. Paul has been named a 2014 Minnesota School of Character and Maple Grove Senior High, from the Osseo Area Schools, has received an Honorable Mention. Both will be honored May 8.


The Children We Mean to Raise
A new research report from Making Caring Common, a project at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Strategies and tips for parents, educator toolkit and school surveys.
New Bullying Prevention Training Center on
Access core resources, the Bullying Prevention Training Module and Community Action Toolkit, and eleven new, audience-specific user guides.
2014 National Forum Call for Proposals  Oct. 30-Nov. 2.
The Character Education Partnership is seeking proposals for the National Forum.
Free Service Learning Guides for Download!
Four free downloadable guides  for teachers to engage studentson hunger and homelessness, literacy, animals, and climate change. 
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