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Character Recognition Awards
Synergy & Leadership Exchange hosts the Character Recognition Awards each year to celebrate the statewide achievements of schools and community programs in building character strengths and ethical leadership skills in young people and in improving school climate and culture. The event spotlights honorees with exemplary efforts and inspires others with examples to replicate.
The 2018 Character Recognition Awards were held May 10 at the Science Museum of Minnesota. View 2018 Governor’s Character Recognition Day proclamation. View event summary and photos from 2018 ceremony. 
Minnesota State Schools of Character
The Minnesota Schools of Character program recognizes schools and/or districts that excel in exemplifying the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education and demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives that yield positive results in student behavior, school climate, and academic performance. It is a school improvement process, which offers the opportunity for self-assessment and expert feedback.

For more information, to apply, or to view current and past honorees, visit the Minnesota State Schools of Character page.

Minnesota Promising Practices
Promising Practices are successful and unique ways developed by schools, districts and youth serving organizations to promote character development in PreK-12 students. The practice should exemplify one or more of the 11 Principles of Effective Character Educationdeveloped by Character.org.

For more information, to apply, or to view current and past honorees, visit the Promising Practices page.

Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award
The Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award celebrates community programs with outstanding character and ethical leadership development. Anyone may nominate an exemplary program; nominees are invited to submit an application to become eligible for the award.

For more information, to place a nomination or to view current and past honorees visit the Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award page

CRA Honorees in the News:

"Civic education is a cornerstone of what makes Minnesota so special. We have long been home to responsible ethical leaders and residents who engage in civic life and contribute to our communities. Support for quality character education will strengthen Minnesota for generations to come.”

— Steve Simon,
Minnesota Secretary of State 

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