2014 National School of Character

Sherwood Elementary Named National School of Character
Posted on 05/15/2014
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Sherwood Elementary School Named a 2014 National School of Character

By the Character Education Partnership 

May, 2014 – Arnold, MO. – Sherwood Elementary School is pleased to announce that today The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement,named Sherwood Elementary a 2014 National Schools of Character (NSOC). The NSOC program recognizes Sherwood Elementary as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and Sherwood’s climate.

Sherwood has 530 students, is located at 1769 Missouri State Road in Arnold, Missouri and has been working with  CEP for 11 years. The principal is Dr. Colleen M. Cole.

The National Schools of Character program is not a competition – but rather an opportunity to go through a rigorous process of feedback and coaching, as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development through CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education framework. Sherwood will hold its designation for five years. CEP will showcase Sherwood in an annual publication and on its website. Sherwood has also earned the right to use the NSOC name and logo.

Since its inception, CEP has awarded over 250 schools with the distinction of a National School of Character. In 2014, along with Sherwood, 40 additional schools and 3 districts were named across the United States.

“Character education is a large part of our student’s daily lives.” said Dr. Cole, Principal at Sherwood Elementary. “We are grateful for CEP and its efforts to create a national discussion on the importance of character in education. We are eager to carry this distinction for years to come and are hopeful our example will lead other schools in Missouri to participate in this process in order to enhance student’s lives statewide.”

CEP will honor Sherwood at the 20th National Forum on Character Education, to be held the weekend of October 30th, 2014 in Washington, DC. Visit www.character.org to learn more about the National Forum, the NSOC program and the 2014 national finalists. 

Arne Duncan, U.S. Secretary of Education, created a video to help celebrate this year’s honorees.


Dr. Colleen M. Cole,

Sherwood Elementary
Missouri School of Character

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