Character.org (formerly the Character Education Partnership), a national character education advocate, recognized 64 schools and 3 districts from 14 states as 2015 National Schools of Character. Among those selected were the Gloucester Township Campus and the Pennsauken Campus of Camden County Technical Schools (CCTS).
Since Character.org’s Schools of Character program’s inception in 1998, 312 schools and 21districts have been designated with this prestigious designation impacting more than 1.5 million students.
The Schools of Character application process provides an opportunity for schools to receive feedback as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character education as measured by Character.org’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework.
“We are very proud of the dedicated employees and outstanding students of the Camden County Technical Schools,” said Freeholder Carmen Rodriguez, liaison to CCTS. “They continually demonstrate their use of character development to improve academics, positively impact student behavior and enhance the overall climate.”
National Schools of Character are schools (public, private, charter), early childhood through high school, and districts, that have demonstrated through a detailed evaluation process that character education has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. The designated schools earn the right to use the National School of Character name and logo for 5 years.
“Each of the schools and districts designated as 2015 National School of Character has done a tremendous job linking ‘smart and good’ programs to so many youth; enriching students’ lives across the USA,” said Becky Sipos, Character.org’s President & CEO.
“Being a designated National School of Character recognizes the hard work that these schools put into develop strong character education programs. They have created caring school climates and prepare students to be future leaders who care about their communities. We are very proud of all of the honorees and every school that participated in the application process.”
In March and April, 104 National School of Character finalists underwent an intensive screening process that included site visits, conference calls, and an analysis of the impact that their character related efforts had on academics, student behavior, and school culture as part of the consideration to be named a National School of Character. Character.org will honor the designated schools and districts at its 22nd National Forum on Character Education to be held the weekend of October 15-17, 2015, in Atlanta, Georgia. Visit Character’s website to learn more about the National Forum, the Schools of Character program (State & National), and the 2015 national honorees.
“It is a great honor for both of our schools to be named 2015 National Schools of Character,” said Pat Fitzgerald, Superintendent of CCTS. “Thanks to the daily implementation of character education and reinforcement of the core values throughout our school district by the staff, our students are learning that good character is an important part of being successful in school, work, college, and life. I was proud when both schools were designated as New Jersey Schools of Character, and it is very exciting they are also receiving national recognition for what they do every day.”
Founded in 1993, Character.org, is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools and districts to educate, inspire and empower young people to be ethical and engaged citizens. It is led by education leaders who are dedicated to teaching youth how to be both smart and good through the advancement of quality character development in all schools. The impact of this is seen through improved academic achievement, decline in behavioral problems such as truancy and school violence, and an increase in an overall positive school climate. Visit Character’s website to learn more about the National Forum and the Schools of Character program.
About Character Education:
Character education is an educational movement that supports the social, emotional and ethical development of students. It is the proactive effort by schools, districts, communities and states to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking and respect for self and others.