The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s School of Education and the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership have recognized two “State Schools of Character” for 2017.
The two schools are: Greenwood Elementary School in River Falls and Edgewood Elementary School in Greenfield. Awards will be presented June 19. These schools are now eligible for the National Schools of Character Award.
The Wisconsin Character Education Partnership works with the School of Education to recognize public and private K-12 schools for innovative, successful initiatives to integrate character education into the curriculum.
The partnership’s mission to promote the intentional, proactive effort by public and private K-12 schools and school districts to instill in all Wisconsin’s students core universal ethical values such as integrity, honesty, fairness, responsibility and respect for themselves and for others through character education.
In honoring Edgewood, the review committee noted that the school team had developed clearly-defined core values that are well-integrated throughout the school. Evidence and data showed a strong connection between students and staff, and attention to relationships and school climate. The school’s high rate of staff retention reflected that attention. Edgewood’s focus on diversity was also a strong component of the school’s character education program.
Greenwood, which had received an honorable mention in last year’s State Schools of Character Awards, was cited for the school’s high level of involvement in planning and implementing character education as well as a wide variety of in-school activities that supported the development of character education.
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