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Local schools praised for character development

Three Garden City Public Schools are being recognized for their focus on strong character development.

Alta Brown Elementary School received the School Culture Recognition award through the Kansas Schools of Character Recognition Program that recognizes schools and districts that have developed and implemented a social-emotional character development (SECD) initiative or program for at least one year and are transforming the school/district culture, as well as growing students’ SECD skills.

Three elementary schools and two school districts across the state received Shifting School Culture Recognition.

Garden City Achieve and Georgia Matthews Elementary School received Enhanced Spotlight Recognition through the Kansas Schools of Character Recognition Program.

This program recognizes schools and districts that are implementing new initiatives or are enhancing existing initiatives that will strengthen the SECD skills in their students and school climate. 

Ten schools and three school districts across the state received the Enhanced Spotlight Recognition.

The State Schools of Character award program recognizes schools and districts that have worked to enhance social, emotional and character development.

Character.org certifies schools and districts at the state level that demonstrate a dedicated focus on character development, which has been shown to have a positive effect on academic achievement, student behavior and school climate, according to character.org.

Character.org was founded in 1993 and is a national nonprofit organization based in Washington, D.C.

Since its inception, Character.org’s Schools of Character program has impacted nearly 3 million students, staff members, parents and other community members.

Criteria for selection are based on Character.org’s ​11 Principles of Character, which include providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort. 

Character.org will honor the 2022 National Schools and Districts of Character at its next International Forum, which will take place virtually Oct. 19-20.

More information on Kansas’ Social, Emotional and Character Development Standards, which the state adopted in 2012, is available at http://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Career-Standards-and-Assessment-Services/Content-Area-M-Z/School-Counseling/Social-Emotional-and-Character-Development.

The 11 Principles of Effective Character Education by Character.org are available at www.character.org.

For more information about State Schools of Character or National Schools of Character, visit https://character.org/. For more information about KSDE, visit www.ksde.org. For more information about Smoky Hill Education Service Center, visit www.smokyhill.org.