Monday, November 30, 2009

Birmingham Public Schools - Character Education Matters: Part Two

In June of 2007 I wrote about Birmingham’s Character Education program and how one of our schools, Birmingham Covington was recognized as a National School of Character winner by the Character Education Partnership. I noted that character education was and is a part of our strategic plan, a plan that is reviewed every year and is renewed every five years.
Now, adding to the list of national winners is Greenfield Elementary school, one of 10 national winners recognized as a 2009 National School of Character. To quote from the press release: “The winning schools demonstrate that school transformation is possible through low-cost, high-quality character education initiatives. They have closed the achievement gap and raised academic expectations for all students, built strong relationships and partnerships between parents, teachers, and students, and given their students opportunities to serve their communities.” There were over 185 schools from 26 States represented.

Congratulations to Greenfield, and congratulations to all the other Birmingham Schools that were also recognized as National Finalists, Promising Practices, and Honorable Mention award winners: Beverly Elementary (a national finalist for 2009), Bingham Farms Elementary, Harlan Elementary, Pembroke Elementary, Pierce Elementary (an Honorable Mention winner), West Maple Elementary (an Honorable Mention Winner), and Wylie E. Groves High School.

No other school district in Michigan, or across the 26 participating states had more schools recognized than the Birmingham School district. After our community enunciated the important traits of Positive Attitude, Honesty & Integrity, Respect & Kindness, and Responsibility & Accountability a system wide effort mobilized to integrate these ideals into the core work of our schools. It is an ongoing process, and it is just one example of the great things that happen in our schools.

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