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Honor an Educator

By Lauren on March 05, 2010

National Middle School Association is recognizing educators at the middle school level who make a difference. Know a dedicated educator who has made a significant difference in the lives of young children? Recognize an individual or team for the following awards: 

Distinguished Educator Award
Deadline for nominations: March 15, 2010
Sponsored by the NMSA Foundation, this award recognizes outstanding practitioners in middle level education—those who have made a significant impact on the lives of young adolescents through leadership, vision, and advocacy.

Teams That Make a Difference
Deadline for nominations: April 30, 2010
Sponsored by Pearson and National Middle School Association, this annual program recognizes outstanding teams that work to improve the education and well-being of young adolescents. Teams can be comprised of teachers, administrators, parents, community members, or any combination of these individuals.

Click here for more opportunities to recognize the achievements of educators and students who make a difference.

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Promising Practices Awards

By Lauren on March 02, 2010

As part of the National/State Schools of Character (NSOC/SSOC) awards program, the Character Education Partnership (CEP) gives Promising Practices awards to schools and districts for implementing strategies in character education that exemplify one or more of their Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education.

If your school or district has developed and successfully implemented a unique practice in character education, you can apply for the award at their website today. CEP is looking for a specific practice or aspect of your program that other schools may learn from and even replicate. When you fill out the application form on the website, you will need to supply a title for the practice, identify which principle and topic it best represents, include a short description, and the date of implementation. You'll also share the impact that it's had in your school or district and the connection it has to character development.

Applications are due March 15, 2010. More information here:

Good luck!

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Nominate a Champion of Character

By Lauren on September 25, 2009

The Academy for Character Education is now accepting nominations for their annual "Champions of Character" Awards. In the spring, the Academy will present awards to exemplary leaders in Character Education across multiple categories:

  • Community/Civic Leader and Community/Civic Organization
  • Business Organization and Business Leader
  • Parent Leader and Parent Organization
  • Teacher Leader
  • School Administrator
  • Student Leader and Student Organization

Click here to pick up the nomination form from their website and nominate a leader who has demonstrated positive character traits in your school or community.

If you want to recognize an exemplary school or district for their work in character education, you can nominate them for the New York State School of Character Awards (NYSSOC). Download the guidelines and nominate a school at CEP's website.

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Grant Opportunity for Young Community Service Volunteers

By .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on February 27, 2009

Do Something and Mountain Dew Voltage have announced a new grants program for groups of young volunteers working to improve their communities. The program, called Power in Numbers, will provide 10 groups of friends with grants of $10,000 each to expand or implement their projects or ideas. Program teams must consist of a minimum of three and a maximum of ten young people. Each team member must be between the ages of 13 and 25 and must be a legal U.S. resident. Grants will be provided through a qualified 501(c)(3) organization. Visit the program's Web site for complete competition guidelines:

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