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2010 Minnesota Promising Practices Award Program

*Bamber Valley Elementary School, Rochester
Student to Student Mentoring

Student to Student Mentoring is a proactive approach to ensuring academic and socioemotional growth of students.

Contact – Kris Davidson, Assistant Principal:

*Concordia Academy, Roseville

Vision4Life is a two-day character seminar and community service experience; young men and women participate separately in hearing speakers, responding in facilitated small group discussion, and providing service in the community.

Contact – Tim Berner, Principal:

Creek Valley Elementary, Edina
Pride Day Assembly

Pride Day monthly assemblies demonstrate how to live the Edina Public Schools' ICCCAR (Integrity, Courage, Commitment, Compassion, Appreciation of Diversity and Responsibility) values.

Contact: – Dr. Kari Dahlquist, Principal:

Horace May Elementary School, Bemidji
The Big K . . . Kindness

After After brainstorming ways to verbalize, recognize, and reward acts of kindness, that team presented a new theme and motto to the total staff, which whole-heartedly approved it by unanimous vote. The motto that has been the guiding principle for our efforts is: At Horace May, We Practice the Big...Kindness. The theme that governs every character initiative is, of course, kindness.

Contact: – William Burwell, Principal:

*Lakes International Language Academy, Forest Lake (2)
*Soup Supper Night

The first grade classes hold a unique celebration called 'We All Eat Soup' in which families bring soups and breads and share an evening meal as a celebration of what they have learned in their unit entitled 'We are all the same/we are all different.'

Student Agendas

Our school provides students with an onTRAC agenda (Think, Record, Act, Check), which is designed to help teach children the organization and communication skills for life including good study and work habits, as well as character development.

Contact: – Nancy Hawkinson, Enrichment Coordinator:

*Orono Middle School, Long Lake
Character & Leadership Workshop

It is our practice at Orono Schools to offer students the opportunity to continually grow in their personal character development. Thus, during 2009-2010 the 6th grade teachers in, conjunction with high school members of the Character Counts! group, decided to facilitate a full-day Character and Leadership Workshop for all incoming 6th grade students.

Contact: – Kim Harder, Associate Principal:

Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet School, St. Paul (2)
The Effort Campaign

The Effort Campaign is a natural extension of ISD 625 School District's Principles of Learning: Organizing for Effort and Self-Management of Learning. The main goal is to increase student effort on all tasks. The objective is to increase student achievement, student self-confidence and self-perseverance for all students at all ability levels.

Walk the Talk Awards

The "Walk the Talk of Core Virtues" Awards program at Phalen Lake Hmong Studies Magnet School was created to provide positive recognition to students who perform acts of good virtue at school, involving the school-wide Core Virtues Character Education Program.

Contact:erine Rich, Principal:

School for All Seasons, Isanti
Kids Club

Kids Club is our school-wide, K-5, practice which brings our school together as a community. It is a staple to our program with the goal of building strong, lasting relationships between grade levels.

Contact: – Susan Edwards, Teacher:

Washington Elementary, Owatonna
START (Start to Act Responsibly Today)

One of the weekly focuses provides additional character development and is called START (Start To Act Responsibly Today). The objective of our START curriculum is to reinforce the core values of respect, responsibility and citizenship The START curriculum occurs daily the month of September and then once a week for the remainder of the year.

Contact: – Mary Baier, Principal:

*Denotes a Minnesota Promising Practice that has received national recognition by the Character Education Partnership (CEP).

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