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Colorado Schools of Character Awards Event
Colorado Commissioner of Education Dwight D. Jones presented five schools with Colorado State Schools of Character Awards at an event on June 15, 2010 at the state capitol.

Held by the Foundation for Character Development in the Old Supreme Court Chambers, awards were presented to Eagle Rock School (a private school in Estes Park), KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy (Denver Public Schools), Peak to Peak Charter School (Boulder Valley School District), Rocky Heights Middle School (Douglas County Schools) and Russell Middle School (Colorado Springs School District 11).
 
To be eligible for the award, a school must have been engaged in character education for a minimum of three years. Reviewers screen applications using “Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education,” which ask applicants to list their core ethical values and how they are communicated or encouraged. Schools also need to explain the role of staff planning in character education and how values are tied to service projects.

“The purpose of the State Schools of Character awards program is to provide recognition to schools and districts in Colorado demonstrating an outstanding character education initiative that has yielded improvements in student behavior, school culture and academic achievement,” said Commissioner Jones in his remarks. “The administrators, teachers, students and parents in this room should be proud. You all stand up for each other.”

Added Jim Olmstead, Director of Strategic Partnerships for the Foundation for Character Development: “Character development happens every day in every school. What is different about the schools recognized today is that it is intentional…it impacts the entire school.”

The State Schools of Character Awards Program and the National Schools of Character are sponsored by the Character Education Partnership, the leading national advocate for the character education movement. The CEP administers the prestigious NSOC awards program to provide educators and school communities with models of effective character education. State sponsors from 30 states give State Schools of Character awards as a prerequisite to the national award. Since 1998, the Character Education Partnership has named approximately 10 public and private schools and districts as National Schools of Character each year. 

For further information on how to apply please visit the CEP website at: www.character.org
Eagle Rock School receiving the 2010 Colorado State Schools of Character Award Banner from Commissioner Dwight Jones and FFCD's Jim Olmstead
Eagle Rock School Recognition
“The State School of Character Award Program has challenged us to more critically examine our character education practices against clear standards of excellence.  This cycle of assessment continues to inform our continuous growth as a school, affirming our strengths and helping to reveal specific opportunities to strengthen character education in support of our mission.”
- KIPP Sunshine Peak Academy

Kipp Sunshine Academy receiving the 2010 Colorado State Schools of Character Award Banner from Commissioner Dwight Jones and FFCD's Jim Olmstead
Russell Middle School Banner
Russell Middle School receiving the 2010 Colorado State Schools of Character Award Banner from Commissioner Dwight Jones
and FFCD's Jim Olmstead
Rocky Heights Middle School Recognition-2010
Rocky Heights Middle School Recognition
KIPP Sunshine Academy 2010 recognition
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Peak to Peak Charter School recognition
Peak to Peak Charter School receiving the 2010 Colorado State Schools of Character Award Banner from Commissioner Dwight Jones and FFCD's Jim Olmstead
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