Character Education Partnership Announces 2014 National Schools of Character Finalists

March 7, 2014 – Washington, D.C. – The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, has named 50 schools and districts as national finalists in the 2014 National Schools of Character (NSOC) program. The NSOC program recognizes schools and districts that have demonstrated, through a rigorous evaluation process, that character development has had a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate. CEP has provided this program to K-12 schools and districts in the U.S. since 1998.

The National Schools of Character program is not a competition—but rather an opportunity to receive feedback as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development through CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. National Schools of Character hold their designations for five years. CEP showcases the NSOC in an annual publication and on its website. The honored schools earn the right to use the NSOC name and logo.
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Integrating Common Core and Character Education

September 13, 2013, Washington, DC – The Character Education Partnership (CEP) is pleased to announce the timely publication of an important new white paper that will help school districts nationwide to implement most effectively the new Common Core State Standards in K-12 education. Entitled Integrating Common Core and Character Education: Why It Is Essential and How It Can Be Done, the paper is co-authored by CEP Advisory Council members Kristin Fink, executive director of the Utah Coalition for Civic, Character and Service Learning, and Dr. Karen Geller, principal of Upper Merion Area Middle School in King of Prussia PA, and an associate professor at Immaculata University, also in Pennsylvania.

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2014 State Schools of Character Announced

Washington, DC – February 3, 2014 . . . Fourteen states have named 48 schools and districts as State Schools of Character for 2014. Thirty states participate in the State Schools of Character program administered by the Character Education Partnership (CEP). Being named a State School of Character is a preliminary step to being recognized as a National School of Character by CEP.

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Character Education Partnership Announces Change in Executive Leadership

Washington, D.C. (January 10, 2014)–The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, today announced that Mark Hyatt will step down as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective Jan. 9. The organization’s board of directors has appointed Rebecca Sipos as interim president to ensure a smooth transition and to lead CEP’s executive team while it conducts a search for a permanent CEO.

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One World, Focused for Good

By Mark Hyatt, President & CEO, Character Education Partnership
As I sat down to write this year-end reflection, the news came across the wire that TIME had named Pope Francis as its 2013 Person of the Year. The magazine explained its choice this way: “With a focus on compassion, the leader of the Catholic Church has become a new voice of conscience… He took the name of a humble saint and then called for a church of healing.”

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