Application Review Timeline
From December to January, state sponsors and Character.org staff review the applications. In January, state sponsors send status letters to all state applicants and forward State Schools of Character to Character.org. In March and April, Character.org reviews applications and gathers other data through a variety of strategies, such as telephone interviews, the applicant’s website, or site visits. In May, Character.org announces the National Schools of Character.
Feedback and Reflection
All applicants will receive feedback on their applications. Applicants are encouraged to reflect on this feedback, ask their state coordinators if they have questions, and begin to plan next steps in their stakeholder or other leadership groups.
Character.org gives annual Promising Practices in character education for unique, specific, and effective character education practices and strategies that exemplify one or more of the 11 Principles. Selected schools and districts receive a certificate of recognition at the Promising Practices ceremony at the National Forum on Character Education. In addition, descriptions of the winning practices appear in the annual Schools of Character publication as well as on the website where educators may search the practices for ideas.
As schools and districts which are engaged in school improvement through character education, Character.org encourages all applicants to attend the National Forum in October. Educators who attend the Forum benefit from outstanding breakout sessions, inspiring expert speakers, and networking opportunities. They learn concrete, effective character education strategies and return to their schools motivated and prepared to implement them.
Character.org also encourages educators to visit this website frequently for resources, professional development opportunities, information on upcoming webinars, and opportunities to participate in a growing online community of character educators.
Leadership and Outreach
The Schools of Character path to excellence does not stop with being named a School of Character. Character.org encourages educators from National Schools of Character to share their expertise with others through outreach sessions, in-services, mentoring relationships, and social networking. Learn more about Expectations and Outreach.