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Minnesota Promising Practices Awards Programs
As part of the Minnesota Schools of Character program, Synergy & Leadership Exchange (Synergy) sponsors state level Promising Practices awards to schools, districts and youth serving organizations in Minnesota for creating and implementing unique practices that promote character development in Pre-K–12 students. The practice should exemplify one or more of's 
We look for a wide variety of practices that successfully promote character education among youth. We do not recognize entire school-wide character education programs, practices emphasizing extrinsic rewards or the singling out of students for recognition for good behavior, or copyrighted, trademarked, or patented programs. Applicants are encouraged to read samples of the past promising practice honorees listed below or review nationally recognized promising practices on’s website.
A blue ribbon panel recommends practices that qualify for the award and Synergy will celebrate the practices at the Character Recognition Awards in May. These award winning practices are posted to the Synergy website for sharing. 
If you have questions, please contact Barb Bergseth at


Please note:
If you wish to be considered for a national Promising Practices award, a separate application and fee is required. The Minnesota application is very similar, but you must apply directly to
2017 Minnesota Promising Practices Awards Timeline:
Application Opens
Sept. 1, 2016
Application Closes
Feb. 10, 2017
Minnesota Promising Practices Awards Announced
March 31, 2017
Character Recognition Awards Ceremony – Minnesota Promising Practices Awards presented
May 25, 2017

View Award Winning Minnesota Promising Practices
By Honoree Year

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