Character Education Partnership (CEP) has announced Grant Elementary
School and the Elementary School for Arts and Academics is one of 170
schools and districts from across the United States as well as Mexico,
Puerto Rico, and Brazil receiving awards for "Promising Practices" in
Winning practices included
creative ways to help students give back to their schools and
communities, raise academic expectations and achievement, decrease
bullying, increase tolerance, and solve conflicts peacefully.
educators have created low-cost, effective programs that help transform
their school communities into places where students not only learn, but
learn to do what's right," stated Lara Maupin, associate director.
"Kids are being inspired through these practices to use their talents
to create a better world."
The Character Education
Partnership (CEP) gives the annual awards for unique and specific
exemplary practices that encourage the ethical, social, and academic
growth of K-12 students through character education. By publicizing
these awards, CEP hopes to recognize educators for their efforts and to
encourage others to learn from and even replicate these successful
Character Connections Family Homework
is the Promising Practice for which the Grant School Family was
recognized. Character Connections are assignments that students'
families complete which tie together the rules and values taught at
home with those taught at school. Character education is most effective
when families and school join efforts and Character Connections is an
example of how this happens for students and families at Grant School
and ESAA. To learn more about the Grant School Family, visit www.sheboygan.k12.wi.us/grant or www.sheboygan.k12.wi.us/esaa.
CEP will give the awards at the 16th National Forum on Character Education, Citizens of Character - the Foundation of Democracy,
to be held October 29-31, 2009, outside of Washington, DC. In addition,
winning practices will be featured in CEP's annual National Schools of
Character publication and on the CEP website.
This year, CEP received a record 368 applications from 274 public and private schools and districts.
Promising Practices awards program is administered by CEP and made
possible by generous support from the John Templeton Foundation and
Lockheed Martin. Based in Washington, D.C., CEP is a nonprofit,
nonpartisan, nonsectarian coalition of organizations and individuals
dedicated to helping schools develop people of good character for a
just and compassionate society. To learn more about CEP and its
national awards programs, visit www.character.org.