School Honors
Character Education Partnership selects National and State Schools of Character and Promising Practices annually to celebrate schools that are intentionally embracing effective character education as prescribed in our 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.

National and State Schools of Character

The National and State Schools of Character (NSOC and SSOC) program is a school improvement process which offers the opportunity for self-assessment and expert feedback to schools and districts engaged in character education. All school and district applications that demonstrate an exemplary level of implementation of CEP’s 11 Principles receive SSOC and/or NSOC distinction. Schools that are named SSOCs retain that distinction for three years, and move on to the National round, where NSOCs are honored for five. Click here for more information.

Promising Practices

Each Promising Practice addresses one or more of the principles outlined in the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. Winning practices cover almost every aspect of education, including anti-bullying programs, staff development, academic integration, service-learning activities, recess-management practices, inclusion of families, community outreach, concerns about at-risk youth, and preparation for standardized test-taking. Click here for more information.