DeSales University Named Pennsylvania Sponsor of Schools of Character
DeSales University has been named a state sponsor and judge for the State and National Schools of Character (SSOC/NSOC) program administered by the Character Education Partnership (CEP) in Washington, D.C.
DeSales will be accepting applications from schools across the state for the 2012 SSOC program.
School districts, individual schools, or programs that would like to participate and be recognized for their character education efforts are invited to download applications from www.character.org.
The SSOC/NSOC programs award elementary, middle, and high schools for having reached a standard of excellence in character development within their states. Awards are selected by state sponsors and given to schools and districts that have developed long-term character education initiatives that successfully implement CEP’s Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education. Schools designated as a State School of Character are forwarded to CEP for consideration at the national level.
DeSales University will evaluate the applications from schools in Pennsylvania.
“It is a distinct honor and privilege for DeSales University to be entrusted with this responsibility,” said Dr. Gregg Amore, associate dean of students for student development. “In October, we will meet with the CEP senior administration in Washington D.C . in and attend the CEP national conference in San Francisco. We will promote the program and help schools with their character development initiatives when we return. DeSales is firmly committed to the development of all students, and we look forward to working with schools across the state.”
As a state sponsor, DeSales will review applications, provide feedback, and select state schools of character, sending these applications to the national level; assist schools as they go through the SSOC/NSOC application and school improvement process; and support the SSOC/NSOC program in Pennsylvania by contacting schools and encouraging them to enter the process.
The organizations that sponsor the SSOC program differ by state. The most common types of sponsoring organizations are university departments of education, character development centers, and foundations with an interest in service, character, and youth development. State sponsors receive modest start-up funds to begin their programs as well as ongoing training and resources from CEP.
State Schools of Character hold their designations for three years, and serve as models of excellence within their states, where they share character education best practices as part of a state-wide network of schools of character. They also receive banners and other recognition at celebrations held in their honor by their state sponsors
The 2011 Pennsylvania State Schools of Character included Abington Junior High School in Abington, Aston Elementary School in Aston, First Philadelphia Paradigm Schools in
Philadelphia, and Southern Middle School in West Lawn, which was a 2011 National Finalist.
The CEP seeks to build quality character education in all schools, building a nation of ethical citizens who pursue excellence
in all areas of their lives. Its mission is to lead the nation in helping schools develop people of good character for a just and compassionate society.
DeSales University will be accepting applications from schools across the state for the 2012 SSOC program. School districts, individual schools, or programs that would like to participate and be recognized for their character education efforts are invited to download applications from www.character.org.
Press Release: DeSales University Named Pennsylvania Sponsor of Schools of Character | Posted on: 9/27/2011
For more info:
Tom McNamara, Executive Director of Communications
DeSales University | 2255 Station Avenue | Center Valley, PA 18034
610.282.1100 x1219 | Tom.McNamara@desales.edu