School for All Seasons honored for developing positive character

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (front, far left) presents Governor Mark Dayton’s Character Recognition Day proclamation to School for All Seasons principal Mark Ziebarth (back, far right).

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie (front, far left) presents Governor Mark Dayton’s Character Recognition Day proclamation to School for All Seasons principal Mark Ziebarth (back, far right).

School for All Seasons was one of four schools honored May 16 at the sixth annual Minnesota Schools of Character and Promising Practices Awards ceremony at the state capitol, sponsored by Synergy & Leadership Exchange (Synergy), in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE).

Secretary of State Mark Ritchie presented Governor Mark Dayton’s Character Recognition Day proclamation. Representative Jim Davnie and MDE Deputy Commissioner Jessie Montano addressed the honorees and joined Ritchie and Synergy executive director Wanda Sommers Wall in congratulating them and distributing recognition awards to schools for the successful implementation of character education practices.

The Minnesota Schools of Character awards recognize schools and/or districts that excel in exemplifying the Character Education Partnership’s (CEP) 11 Principles of Effective Character Education and demonstrate outstanding character education initiatives yielding positive results in student behavior, school climate and academic performance.

The Minnesota Promising Practices Awards recognize schools in Minnesota that have developed and implemented a practice promoting character development in their schools. These practices must be specific, unique and encompass at least one of the 11 principles.

The 2013 honorees include:

2013 Minnesota District of Character

• Orono Public Schools, Orono

2013 Minnesota Promising Practice Awards

• Avalon School, St. Paul for ReadBrave: A school-wide book club

• School for All Seasons, Isanti for Buddy Time

• Waseca Junior & Senior High, Waseca for “Don’t Count Crayons” – Value Yourself & Others

In addition, Orono Public Schools was selected as a 2013 National School District of Character (NSOC) by CEP. Orono is one of four districts in the nation to receive the honor and the first district in Minnesota to ever receive this prestigious recognition. CEP will honor the 2013 recipients at the 20th National Forum on Character Education in Washington D.C., Oct. 24-27.

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