Article published on June 21, 2012 by Tallahassee.com
The Character Education Partnership (CEP), the leading national advocate for character education, recently recognized Imagine Schools Evening Rose (ISER) with a 2012 Promising Practices Award for the Car Chat Cards and Campus Character Makeover.
The Character Education Partnership (CEP) announced its annual Promising Practices in Character Education award to 297 initiatives submitted by schools and districts from across the United States, Brazil, Canada, and Hong Kong. Promising Practices awards highlight the unique and specific strategies used on campuses and across organizations to help students become better scholars, citizens, friends, and leaders.
ISER joins eight other Imagine campuses and the Imagine national office in receiving this prestigious award for the school’s initiatives to develop students’ character. Car Chat Cards are cards that parents may hang from their review mirror that denote the Character trait of the month; such as “Friendship”. The Car Chats have talking points for parents to use during car rides that open dialog between children and their parents.
“Car Chat Cards are a unique way to introduce character education in a cross generational format for parents, students and a school.” Stacey Turknett – Character Coach
Eileen Bakke, VP of Education for Imagine Schools, said, “We are proud of Imagine School Evening Rose for showcasing a character education best practice that will help students become responsible, capable, and caring leaders. At Imagine we believe that character formation, leadership and service are important cornerstones of a quality education, high academic performance, and life-long success. We appreciate CEP’s recognition of Imagine Schools Evening Rose’s promising practice.”
Character development is one of Imagine Schools’ six Measures of Excellence. Rather than a simple program added on to the school day, character initiatives are integrated into all aspects of the school day.
All winning schools and practices are listed on the CEP website (www.character.org) and will be included in the Character Education Partnership’s annual publication, National Schools of Character: Award-Winning Practices. Award recipients will be honored at the annual Promising Practice ceremony at the CEP National Forum on Character Education on November 1-4,in Washington, D.C.