Promising Practices Winners

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Heroes-Amongst-Us
Beginning With Children Charter School
Brooklyn, NY
This after-school program for 5th-grade boys documents and explores how, through mindful thought and deed, these young men are growing into Heroes-Amongst-Us and impacting their community-at-large.
Not in Our Schools, Not in Our Village - Say no to bullying!
Elmsford Union Free School District
Elmsford, NY
The "Not in our schools! Not in our Village!" campaign is a collaborative partnership between the Village and the Elmsford Union Free School District to combat the harmful effects of bullying.
PRISE Program
Lawrence Middle School
Lawrence, NY
The Peer Reinforcement of Intervention for Social Education (PRISE) program pairs students with Autism and other developmental disabilities with typically developing peers to foster language and socialization skills.
The Power of Reflection
Voorheesville Elementary School
Voorheesville, NY
VES uses the power of the weekly journal reflection as a means to allow students to individually and personally reflect upon aspects of the character themes covered through assembly and interdisciplinary study.
Friendship Groups
West Patent Elementary School
Bedford Hills, , NY
Integrating All Our Children into Our School Community - Learning to Build Friendships and to Play Cooperatively
Omode Parent Workshops
West Patent Elementary School
Bedford Hills, NY, NY
Parent workshops which build a bridge between the home and school.
Common Courtesies Brochure
West Patent Elementary School
Bedford Hills, NY
A Common Courtesies Brochure developed by staff and parents, outlines common courtesies expected both at home and at school, and promotes a common language and shared expectations between the home and the school.
SuperHeroes of Brooklyn
Beginning With Children Charter School
Brooklyn, NY
Young men of the 4th grade explore their superhero alter egos through the creation of eco-friendly action figures that they pose in a group photo essay to showcase the power of channeling your energy to effect change upon your community.
BRAVEbook: the in-house social media site at CMS
Canandaigua Middle School
Canandaigua, NY
BRAVEbook has the functionality and look of Facebook, but is used to administer weekly character lessons and teaches students appropriate, positive online interactions
Anti-Bullying Expo
Garden City Middle School
Garden City, NY
Garden City Middle School's Anti-Bullying Expo is a highlight of the school's character education program.
Students United for Safe Schools
Comsewogue High School
Port Jefferson Station, New York
The students and faculty of Comsewogue High School have focused our interventions on bullying in hopes of changing the social norms so that appropriate behaviors are encouraged and become the norm.
STORM Super Team of Role Models Leadership Program
Go No Sen Karate
Peekskill, New York
STORM is a meaningful and challenging curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed as leaders.
"I Can.. I Will" Teacher Student Mentoring Program
Grand Avenue Elementary School
Baldwin, New York
Students form deeper, more meaningful connections through mentoring by a teacher or adult in their community.
Our Future Lockers
High School for Violin and Dance
Bronx, New York
Our Future Lockers: Exploring The Content of Our Character
The Empathy Project
High School for Violin and Dance
Bronx, New York
An ELA curriculum project designed to encourage mindful investigation, reflection, and empathy through narratives and poetry.
STORYtellers: The Poetry of Character Development
Leadership Institute High School
Bronx, New York
This practice utilizes the art of poetic storytelling in an after-school setting to develop character in high school students.
Flying High With Millard Hawk Pride
Millard Hawk Primary School
Central Square, New York
This practice allowed our young children to understand the history behind September 11, 2001 and to work hand in hand with the community in turning the day's tenth anniversary into a day of service.
We Are Bucket Fillers
Number Four School
Lawrence, New York
A Bucket Filler is someone who demonstrates core values of caring, sharing, helping and listening.
Chronicles of Our Character
Pablo Neruda Academy for Architecture and World Studies
Bronx, New York
Students in the 11th grade ELA classroom used literary and artistic devices to create living memoirs of the continuing development of their character.
"Who We Will Become" Frieze
Pablo Neruda Academy for Architecture and World Studies
Bronx, New York
This practice allows students to experience the architecture of our character through studio art.
Compassionate Classrooms
PS 119
Brooklyn, New York
Compassionate Classrooms is a Service Learning philosophy whose mission is to cultivate within our students a common empathy for those less fortunate and a genuine caring about the earth we inhabit together.
Telling HERstory
The Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy
Bronx, New York
Telling HERstory: Empowering High School Girls To Find Their Voice
The Historian's Creed
The Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy
Bronx, New York
The Historian's Creed: Building a History of Character
The Young Males Moving Forward Program
Turtle Hook Middle School
Uniondale, New York
The Young Males Moving Forward promotes the bond of brotherhood while upholding high academic standards with a concerted effort to instill morals and values in our youth.
Omode Character Education Writing Contest
West Patent Elementary School
Bedford Hills, New York
As an end-of-year assessment of our character education initiative, students enter the Omode Character Education Writing Contest.
Coffeehouse
Fayetteville-Manlius H.S.
Manlius, New York
Student planning and involvement in Coffeehouse promotes personal responsibility.
Character is Integrated in Academic Content and Instruction
Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy
Bronx, New York
Math + character = success!
Moral Action in Practice.
Felisa Rincon de Gautier Institute for Law and Public Policy
Bronx, New York
Promoting moral action through murals!
After School Exploratory Enrichment Program
Harrison Avenue Elementary School
South Glens Falls, New York
Our After School Exploratory Enrichment Program provides opportunities for our students to participate in enrichment courses under the guidance of our older students, faculty, staff, and community members.
“Soup”er Bowl Celebration
Sag Harbor Elementary
Sag Harbor, New York
Enthusiasm and sportsmanship come together to support our “Soup”er Bowl service learning event that benefits the local food pantry.
Standards of Behavior and “Blue Slip” Awards
Sag Harbor Elementary School
Sag Harbor, New York
“Blue Slips” are given to students throughout the day by any faculty or staff member in recognition of students adhering to our Standards of Behavior.
Community Connections
Abram Lansing Elementary School
Cohoes, New York
Throughout the year students visit and build positive relationships with senior members of the community.
"Partners to Potential"
Fifth Avenue School
Bay Shore, New York
“Partner to Potential” is a character education program that helps 6-9 year-old children read, believe in themselves, and develop socially, emotionally, and spiritually.
"Banners of Community"
Millard Hawk Primary School
Central Square, New York
The Central Square School District covers 214 square miles, but a “Banners of Community” project demonstrated pride and appreciation of our differences, while bringing the district together as a community of one.
Walnut Street School's Mentoring Partnership Program
Walnut Street School
Uniondale, New York
Walnut Street School’s school-based mentoring partnership programs, L.I.K.E. and F.O.C.U.S., pair third, fourth and fifth grade students with either a lawyer, teacher or school support staff member and work to promote the development of good character.
Pride pOst (Inter-school mail system)
Waterloo Middle School
Waterloo, New York
The program provides a vehicle for students and staff to express their feelings, sincere compliments, and feedback to each other.
Projects for a Purpose
Waterloo Middle School
Waterloo, New York
Projects for a Purpose builds a relationship between the school and businesses in the community to provide needy families with food and gifts at Christmas time.
Wolcott Street School Welcome Committee
Wolcott Street School
Le Roy, New York
Wolcott Street School Welcome Committee makes all new students feel connected and safe in their new school.