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National and International Promising Practices in Character Education
CEP has announced the 2013 Promising Practices! See the list of schools, districts, and youth-serving organizations being honored. Read the Press Release.

If your school or district has developed and successfully implemented a unique practice, CEP encourages you to apply for a 2015 Promising Practice. The application will open January, 2015.

Each year, as part of the National Schools of Character (NSOC) program, CEP recognizes educators in the United States and elsewhere who have implemented unique, specific, and effective character education strategies.

We are not looking for a description of your whole character education program, but rather for a specific practice or aspect of your program that other schools may learn from and even replicate. Promising Practices put one or more of the 11 Principles into action. Learn more by downloading our 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. CEP honored the 2013 Promising Practices recipients at our annual Forum held in Washington, DC. where they shared their successful strategies with other educators. Read more about each of these effective strategies by browsing the Promising Practices. Descriptions include “how tos,” photos, and contact information. See example below.

Featured Promising Practice

Think BIG Indian Land Middle School Indian Land, South Carolina Principle 7: Strives to foster students’ self motivation Topics: Student Autonomy / Empowerment Relationship Building Workshops / Classes / Discussion Groups Grade Levels: 6-8 Indian Land Middle - Think BIGThe Think BIG Club teaches our students to think both beyond the moment and themselves. Unfortunately, many of our middle school students do not have the familial or peer support needed to be socially and academically successful; therefore, our administrative and guidance teams formed The Think Big Club. Think BIG mentors encourage at-risk students to think beyond the “now” to a future where each of them has a positive impact on their peers, their communities, and their world.

Main Contact Mrs. Sherri Alston Media Specialist Sherri.Alston@lcsdmail.net http://ilms.lancasterscschools.org/

Activity in the Promising Practices Program (click to view table)

Total Applications Promising Practices Recognized

1998

Program began in 2000

Program began in 2000

1999

2000

38

2001

27

2002

41

2003

72

43

2004

86

53

2005

107

105

2006

364

126

2007

198

130

2008

270

155

2009

368

200

2010

474

228

2011

499

260

2012

535

297

For more information about Promising Practices, contact Dave Keller at dkeller@character.org.