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2017 Character Recognition Awards Celebration
Congratulations to all the honorees: Duluth Edison Charter Schools, Fosston High School, Lakes International Language Academy, North Star Academy, Tri-City United Schools, Wheaton Area Middle/High School, Playworks Minnesota, Summer Skills Training (Genesys Works – Twin Cities), and Youth Energy Summit (YES!) (Prairie Wood Environmental Learning Center). View event summary and photos. 
Character: The Missing Peace
Another great way to learn more the Schools of Character program is to attend the 2017 National Forum on Character Education, Oct. 21–22 in Arlington, VA. Early bird rates are available until June 15. For more information, visit

2017 WEM Outstanding Educator Award Winners:
Academic Challenge Coach
  • Laura Nelson, high school geography and civics teacher at The Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School in Vadnais Heights. View press release.
  • Jodi Prchal, elementary teacher at Falcon Ridge Elementary in New Prague. View press release.
Ethics in Education 
  • Karla Beck, junior/senior high school principal at St. James Middle/Senior High School in St. James. View press release.
  • William Ruffin II, elementary school teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Rochester. View press release.
Teacher Achievement State
  • Kurt Reynolds, a high school language and literature teacher at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls. View press release.
  • Stacy Busta and Sarah Kratcha, co-elementary teachers in a fifth grade classroom at Breckenridge Elementary in Breckenridge. View press release.

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