Promising Practices

Each year, recognizes classrooms, schools, and organization who have implemented unique, specific, and effective character development strategies based on the 11 Principles of Effective Character. If your school or district has developed and successfully implemented a unique character practice, we invite you to apply for a Promising Practice!

Promising Practices
Promising Practices

Why Implement a Promising Practice?

To complete a Promising Practice is to take your first step towards cultivating a climate of character in your school and to prepare yourself for the Schools of Character application. A unique and effective initiative can make your classroom or school stand out from the pack, build cooperation skills between students and staff, and give you a sense of where your class or school stands in respect to the 11 Principles of Effective Character.

Resources & Guides

When we evaluate Promising Practices applications, we use certain criteria to determine if an application meets the standards of the program. Please use the resources below to guide you as you brainstorm, coordinate, and implement your initiative.

The 11 Principles of Effective Character

Applicants who receive a Promising Practice have successfully demonstrated that they have planned and implemented an initiative based on one of the 11 Principles of Effective Character.

To learn more about the framework, access the guide below.

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The Promising Practices application will close in March 13, 2020 at midnight EST.

There will be an area at the end of the application where you can enter credit card information.

The Promising Practices designation is not an award rather an acknowledgment of a successful character-building initiative.

Try another browser if you encounter problems. We recommend you work on your application in a Word document as a back-up. Google Chrome has worked well for most when completing the application.

The recipients will be announced in May 2020.

There is a set of criteria used to determine whether or not an application fits as a Promising Practice. Please see the Application Information for more information.


Payment Option Price
Credit Card / Check

*If your business office prefers submitting payment via Purchase Order, forward all PO documentation to Make sure there is a description listing what the PO is intending to purchase, what school or department this PO should be associated with (especially if your school is part of a large district with multiple schools) and to whom the corresponding invoice should be forwarded. Please make sure to specify Promising Practices on your PO.


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Due to recent events we have extended the deadline for Promising Practices.  The application will close on June 30, 2020

Promising Practices
Promising Practices