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Character Recognition Day celebrates the statewide achievements of schools and community programs in their efforts to improve academic achievement, behavior, school climate, ethical leadership and character development. Synergy & Leadership Exchange (Synergy) hosts the Character Recognition Awards to spotlight character and ethical leadership development, bring recognition to schools and programs with exemplary efforts, motivate honorees for continued effort and success, and inspire others with examples to replicate. View Governor’s Character Recognition Day proclamation.  View event summary and photos from 2017 ceremony.
Character Recognition Awards
2017 Character Recognition Awards Honorees:

Honorable Mention, Minnesota District of Character
  • Duluth Edison Charter Schools – Duluth
Promising Practices Awards:
  • Fosston High School – Fosston
  • Lakes International Language Academy – Forest Lake
  • North Star Academy – Duluth
  • Tri-City United Schools – Montgomery
  • Wheaton Area Middle/High School – Wheaton
Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award:
  • Playworks Minnesota, Playworks – St. Paul
  • Summer Skills Training, Genesys Works – Twin Cities – St. Paul
  • Youth Energy Summit (YES!), Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center – Spicer
Minnesota State Schools of Character
The Minnesota Schools of Character (MNSOC) program recognizes schools and/or districts that excel in exemplifying the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education and demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives that yield positive results in student behavior, school climate, and academic performance. It is a school improvement process, which offers the opportunity for self-assessment and expert feedback.

For more information, to apply, or to view current and past honorees, visit the Minnesota State Schools of Character page.

Minnesota Promising Practices
Promising Practices are successful and unique ways developed by schools, districts and youth serving organizations to promote character development in PreK-12 students. The practice should exemplify one or more of the 11 Principles of Effective Character Educationdeveloped by

For more information, to apply, or to view current and past honorees, visit the Promising Practices page.

Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award
The Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award (MELA) celebrates community programs with outstanding character and ethical leadership development. Anyone may nominate an exemplary program; nominees are invited to submit an application to become eligible for the award.

For more information, to place a nomination or to view current and past honorees visit the Minnesota Ethical Leadership Award page


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