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Three Kansas Schools Designated as National Schools of Character

Posted: May 10, 2016
Categories: KSDE
Author: Ann Bush

Ann Marie Bush, Communications Specialist     (785) 296-7921

May 10, 2016

Three Kansas schools named

2016 National Schools of Character

Announcement made in Washington, D.C.

Three Kansas schools received designation as 2016 National Schools of Character on Tuesday, May 10, in Washington, D.C.

Character.org, a nonprofit organization that supports the advancement of character development in schools, communities and workplaces, on Tuesday morning designated 68 schools and four districts from 15 states as National Schools and Districts of Character for 2016.

The three Kansas schools named National Schools of Character were:

  • Valley Center Intermediate School, Valley Center Unified School District (USD) 262
  • Lincoln Elementary School, Clay County USD 379 in Clay Center
  • Kiowa County Elementary and Junior High School, Kiowa County USD 422 in Greensburg

Those three schools, as well as 21 other Kansas schools and school districts, also were honored Friday, May 6, at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka for being character-focused.

National Schools of Character are schools, early childhood through high school, that have demonstrated through a rigorous evaluation process that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior and school climate.

The three schools become part of a network of Schools of Character that serve as models and mentors to other educators. Each school holds the designation for five years.

An official announcement of all National Schools of Character was made Tuesday, May 10, in Washington, D.C. Kansas’ announcement was made Friday in Topeka during the May 6 special ceremony. Sheril Morgan, director of Schools of Character, made the surprise announcement at the end of the ceremony

Previous Kansas schools named National Schools of Character are (2014) Circle High School, Circle Public Schools Unified School District 375; (2015) Complete Maize High School, Maize USD 266; and (2015) Pittsburg High School, Pittsburg USD 250.

Since the inception of Character.org’s Schools of Character program in 1998, more than 263 schools and 14 districts have been designated as National Schools or Districts of Character.

Character.org will honor the designated schools and districts Oct. 14-15 during its 23rd annual National Forum on Character Education in Washington, D.C.

More information on Kansas’ Standards for Social, Emotional, and Character Development Standards, which the state adopted in 2012, can be found at http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Career-Standards-and-Assessment-Services/Content-Area-M-Z/School-Counseling/Social-Emotional-and-Character-Development. The Eleven Principals of Effective Character Education by Character.org can be found at http://info.character.org/11-principles-download.

For more information about Kansas’ character development programs, see the Kansas Schools of Character website at KScharacter.org or contact Noni Cremer by email at noni@KSCharacter.org or Sue Kidd by email at skidd.kschared@gmail.com or by phone at (785) 865-9942.

For more information about Character.org or for a complete list of designated schools and districts, visit http://character.org/schools-of-character/national-schools-of-character-overview/national-schools-of-character/winners/2016-national-schools-of-character/.

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