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2016 Gathering of Champions Logo Design Contest Now Open!
Submit your entries today. More information.

Schools of Character Application Now Open
Receive professional feedback and recognition through the Schools of Character program by demonstrating how character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior and school climate. Learn more.
Wondering what evaluators are looking for in your application?
Join Schools of Character director, Sheril Morgan, for a FREE webinar, Sept. 16 at 3 p.m.

Linking Smart and Good
Learn high-impact strategies from over 50 National Schools of Character at the 2015 National Forum on Character Education, Oct. 15-17 in Atlanta, Georgia. 
2015 Gathering of Champions T-shirts Still Available!
Shirts are sold through City Shirts and available for purchase online through Proceeds from shirt sales help fund next year's event. More information.

Former WEM Award honoree receives Presidential Award
Peter Bohacek receives Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST). Read more.

Congratulations to the 2015 Character Recognition Awards Honorees
Honorees were recognized at a celebration on May 21. View honorees.
Congratulations to the 2015 WEM Outstanding Educator Award State Honorees:
Academic Challenge Coach: 
Ron Hustvedt, Salk Middle School, Elk River (Press Release)
Karlyn Doyle, North Junior High, St. Cloud (Press Release)
Ethics in Education
Kelli Hanninen, Rossman Elementary, Detroit Lakes (Press Release)
James Sonju, Lincoln Elementary, Rochester (Press Release)
Teacher Achievement:
Jackie Alderman, The Minnesota Center, Cambridge-Isanti School District (Press Release)
Eric Friberg, Henry Sibley High School, West St. Paul, Mendota Heights, Eagan School District (Press Release)
Excellence in Education:
Karen Rusthoven, Founder, Community of Peace Academy
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