National Schools of Character Awards Program

Posted by on September 8, 2006

[posted from RFP Bulletin]

Entries Invited for the National Schools of Character Awards Program
Deadline: December 4, 2006

Every year, the Character Education Partnership (<a href=""></a>) names ten public and private K-12 schools and districts as National Schools of Character in recognition of their outstanding work in character education.

With support from the John Templeton Foundation, the 2007 award recipients will each receive a $20,000 grant: $10,000 to enhance their program and $10,000 to provide outreach to other educators. Once selected as a National School or District of Character, winners will develop an approved plan for conducting outreach activities that includes holding a district or regional workshop and mentoring another school or district.

Through a grant from the Templeton Foundation, several states are conducting State Schools of Character competitions as a preliminary step to advancing to the National Schools of Character awards. The purpose of this tiered approach is to allow more schools and districts to be recognized and to provide exemplary sites within states to serve as models for other educators. The SSOC and NSOC applications are the same. Visit the NSOC page on the CEP Web site to learn if your state is participating in the SSOC program in 2007. State winners will be named and celebrated in each state, and the best applicant(s) from each SSOC competition will become finalists in the NSOC awards program.

To be eligible, a school must have been engaged in character education for a minimum of three full years, starting no later than December 2003 for the 2007 awards. Districts need to have been engaged in character education for a minimum of four full years, starting no later than December 2002. Schools must have a minimum of 175 students to apply. Smaller administrative units that maintain a separate identity within a large district may apply in the district category (e.g., a school pyramid or cluster).

Visit the CEP Web site for complete program information and application procedures.

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