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2019 Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award Honorees Announced
Congratulations to the three honorees: Benjamin B. Ferencz Fellowships in Human Rights and Law (World Without Genocide), Minnesota Family, Career and Community Leaders (MN FCCLA), and Urban Learning Center After School Program (Hospitality House). More details.
2019 Minnesota Promising Practices Award Honorees Announced
Congratulations to the seven honorees: Avalon School, St. Paul; Community of Peace Academy, St. Paul; Hennepin Gateway to College, Eden Prairie; Henry Sibley High School, Mendota Heights; Lakes International Language Academy, Forest Lake; Red Lake Early Childhood Center, Red Lake; Red Lake Elementary Complex, Red Lake. More details. 
You’re invited to the 2019 Character Recognition Awards Luncheon!
Join us May 23 at the Science Museum of Minnesota to celebrate champions of character! Minnesota School of Character, Minnesota Promising Practice Awards, and the Minnesota Ethical Leadership Awards will be presented. More details/registration. 

2019 WEM Outstanding Educator Awards Program Honorees Announced
  • Brandice Gordon (Academic Challenge Coach) is a middle school teacher at Kenwood Trail Middle School in Lakeville. She also coaches Science Olympiad. Brandice has been teaching and coaching for 22 years. View Press Release.
  • Caroline Little (Teacher Achievement) is a high school French teacher at St. Thomas Academy in Mendota Heights. Caroline has been teaching for 18 years. View Press Release.
  • Matt Lundeen is a middle school teacher at Redwood Valley Middle School in Redwood Falls. He also coaches football at Redwood Valley High School. Matt has been teaching and coaching for 20 years. View Press Release.
  • Melanie Olson is an elementary teacher at Parkside Elementary School in Buffalo. Melanie has been teaching for 14 years. View Press Release.
  • Melissa Sonnek (Ethics in Education) serves as principal at Edgerton Elementary School in Maplewood. Melissa has 19 years of education experience. View Press Release.
  • Tim Quealy (Ethics in Education) is a high school language arts teacher at Avalon School in St. Paul. Tim has been teaching for 9 years. View Press Release.
Nominate Your Students as Academic All-Stars!
It is time to nominate your students as Academic-All Stars! All Minnesota K-12 teachers, principals and academic challenge coordinators are invited to designate students as "Academic All-Stars," to be eligible to attend the 2019 Gathering of Champions.” Place a nomination.

2019 Minnesota School of Character Announced
Congratulations to Community of Peace Academy for being recertified as a Minnesota School of Character by in collaboration with Synergy & Leadership Exchange. Nationally, 87 schools and three districts received the honor for 2019. 
Minnesota Schools of Character Video
Wondering what a school with high expectations for learning and character development looks like? Check out the new Minnesota Schools of Character video featuring two-time Minnesota and National School of Character honoree, Community of Peace Academy from Saint Paul, Minnesota. A special thanks to the C. Charles Jackson Foundation for the grant which funded the work.

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