Milwaukee, WI (3/7/14) — CWA has been named a finalist in the 2014 National Schools of Character program by the Character Education Partnership, a national advocate for the character education movement. The program recognizes schools and districts that have demonstrated, through a rigorous evaluation process, that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior and school climate. The partnership has provided this program to K-12 schools and districts since 1998.
The National Schools of Character program is not a competition. It is an opportunity to receive feedback and recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development through the partnership’s “11 Principles of Effective Character Education.” National Schools of Character hold their designations for five years and are showcased in the partnership’s annual publication and on its website.
Since its inception, the Character Education Partnership has awarded more than 250 schools with the distinction of a National School of Character. It has identified benefits to schools for participating in the process, including:
- gaining insights into what high-quality character education looks like in practice, helping them to improve and strengthen their own programs
- having the opportunity to reflect on their programs and interventions and assess their level of implementation against a recognized standard of excellence
- receiving guidance, feedback, and recognition at no cost
“Being nominated … is very prestigious, but this initiative isn’t about receiving an award,” said Becky Sipos, interim CEO of the partnership. “It is about doing the hard work in the classroom and community to transform schools and help kids that is important.
“We congratulate and are very proud of all who participated in this process and their focus on developing their schools into fantastic places to learn, grow and create ethical and enthusiastic future leaders in this country.”
In March and April, the 50 finalists will undergo an intensive screening process that includes site visits, conference calls and an analysis of the impact of their character-related efforts on academics, student behavior and school culture. The 2014 choices will be announced in mid-May, and the partnership will honor them at the 20th National Forum on Character Education on Oct. 30 in Washington, D.C.
The finalists represent 16 states. Visit the Character Education Partnership website to learn more about the program and the 2014 national finalists.