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Schools of Character Application Now Open
The Schools of Character program offers a path to school improvement by providing a proven framework, self-assessment, professional feedback models of excellence and an opportunity for recognition. Apply or Learn More.
NEW! Schools of Character Application Workshop
For school and district leaders new to the application process.
Oct. 5, 2017 – North Mankato or Oct. 12, 2017 – Roseville
Schools of Character Application Writing Support
Schools or districts that are planning to submit an application can get teamed up with a coach/mentor.
Seeking Nominations for the 2018 Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award
Do you know an exceptional community program developing positive character strengths and ethical leadership in its participants? If so, we encourage you to place a nomination for a Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award! Nominations are due Dec. 1. Learn More.

Celebrate Your Promising Practices
Has your school or district developed and successfully implemented a unique character education practice? If so, we encourage you to apply online for a 2018 Minnesota Promising Practices Award. Application deadline is Feb. 16, 2018.
Character: The Missing Peace
Another great way to learn more the Schools of Character program is to attend the 2017 National Forum on Character Education, Oct. 21–22 in Arlington, VA. Early bird rates are available until June 15. For more information, visit

2017 WEM Outstanding Educator Award Winners:
Academic Challenge Coach
  • Laura Nelson, high school geography and civics teacher at The Academy for Sciences & Agriculture High School in Vadnais Heights. View press release.
  • Jodi Prchal, elementary teacher at Falcon Ridge Elementary in New Prague. View press release.
Ethics in Education 
  • Karla Beck, junior/senior high school principal at St. James Middle/Senior High School in St. James. View press release.
  • William Ruffin II, elementary school teacher at Lincoln Elementary in Rochester. View press release.
Teacher Achievement State
  • Kurt Reynolds, a high school language and literature teacher at Lincoln High School in Thief River Falls. View press release.
  • Stacy Busta and Sarah Kratcha, co-elementary teachers in a fifth grade classroom at Breckenridge Elementary in Breckenridge. View press release.

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