ST. PAUL (May 20, 2014) — Community of Peace Academy public charter school is pleased to announce that The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, named Community of Peace Academy a 2014 National School of Character (NSOC).
The NSOC program recognizes Community of Peace Academy as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and school climate.
Community of Peace Academy serves nearly 800 students, is located in the Payne-Phalen Neighborhood on Saint Paul’s East Side, and was previously named a NSOC in 2003. The Executive Director is Cara Quinn.
The National Schools of Character program is not a competition — but rather an opportunity to go through a rigorous process of feedback and coaching, as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development through CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. Community of Peace Academy will hold its designation for five years. CEP will showcase Community of Peace Academy in an annual publication and on its website.
Since its inception, CEP has awarded over 250 schools with the distinction of a National School of Character. In 2014, along with Community of Peace Academy, 40 additional schools and 3 districts were named across the U.S. Community of Peace Academy is the only Minnesota school to receive this year’s honor.
As a precursor to being named a National School of Character by CEP, Community of Peace Academy was named a Minnesota School of Character at the Minnesota State Capitol on May 8 as part of the seventh annual Character Recognition Day event sponsored by Synergy & Leadership Exchange. For more information on the Minnesota Schools of Character program and the 11 Principles framework, visit the Synergy website (www.synergyexchange.org).
“Character education is a large part of our student’s daily lives,” said Cara Quinn, Executive Director at Community of Peace Academy. “We are grateful for CEP and its efforts to create a national discussion on the importance of character in education. We are eager to carry this distinction for years to come and are hopeful our example will lead other schools in Minnesota to participate in this process in order to enhance student’s lives statewide.”
CEP will honor Community of Peace Academy at the 20th National Forum on Character Education, to be held the weekend of October 30, 2014 in Washington, DC. Visit www.character.org to learn more about the National Forum, the NSOC program and the 2014 national finalists.
U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan created a video to help celebrate the honorees.