From IEE’s press-release:
Two schools implementing IEE programming, one in Rochester, New York and one in Colorado Springs, CO have won the National Schools of Character Award presented by the Character Education Partnership (CEP). National Schools of Character are schools and districts across the U.S. that are models of excellence and show that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. These schools will be honored in Washington D.C. at a CEP reception in November.
Allen Creek Elementary, Pittsford, NY has been actively engaged in Character Education since the year 2000. IEE has helped Allen Creek evolve their thinking to also recognize the importance of performance character. They embrace the idea of the school as an Ethical Learning Community where all members support and challenge one another. They have worked with IEE on three Culture of Excellence and Ethics assessments where this data has guided their work. They have integrated many of IEE’s Excellence & Ethics Tools, such as the Compact for Excellence and the Attitude, Effort & Improvement Rubric, throughout the school experience in order to develop the 21st century learner. They believe their work with IEE has helped them to fulfill the many state and federal mandates now present.
Russell Middle School, Colorado Springs, Colorado has been actively involved with character education for six years. This effort transformed into a vision and mission to build capacity for leadership, learning, and service to improve their school, community, and world through living and modeling strong core values. Their goal is to prepare students to be good citizens in the future, but also to grow into leaders today. The school has received two Culture of Excellence & Ethics Toolkit Workshops: Utilize Effective Goal Achievement Strategies and Stand Up to Peer Pressure. They have integrated many Excellence & Ethics Tools, such as the Attitude, Effort & Improvement Rubric, Compact for Excellence, Win-Win Negotiation and Integrity in Action Checklist.
“All of these Culture of Excellence & Ethics Tools are found within the Power2Achieve Curriculum which are topic-specific, research-based, intentional and practical student learning modules that provide teachers with instructional materials, lesson plans, lesson extension activities, multimedia learning resources, and access to an online community of educations who develop and teach these foundations,” notes Matthew Davidson, IEE President. “Each unit consists of four lessons and curricular materials targeted for instruction based on the implementation plan designed by individual schools and teachers. The curriculum is reinforced and integrated throughout teaching and learning through professional development and assessment.”
“IEE congratulates these schools on their outstanding achievement,” said Davidson. “The recognition of these school’s as National Schools of Character Award winners confirms the positive impact the Culture of Excellence & Ethics Tools and strategies can produce.”