2019 Missouri State District of Character

Mehlville School District named 2019 Missouri District of Character
Posted on 01/29/2019
Missouri State District of CharacterMehlville School District has been re-certified as a Missouri State District of Character by Character.org. The program recognized Mehlville School District for demonstrating its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior and school climate.

"We are thrilled to receive this distinction as a Missouri District of Character for the second time," said Dr. Jeff Bresler, assistant superintendent, supervision of schools. "Character education has been an important part of our curriculum for decades, and it is embedded in the daily routines and practices of each of our schools. In the past year, we've extended our work in character education to develop the Portrait of a Graduate, traits we'd like to see in every Mehlville School District graduate."

The Portrait of a Graduate traits include global and ethical, self-aware, persistent, communicator, and creative and critical thinker. These desired soft skills, which were determined by a committee of staff, parents and community members, are taught by blending character education and innovative instruction to equip students with 21st Century skills.

Since its inception, Character.org has recognized more than 565 schools with the distinction of State School of Character. Criteria for the designation are based on Character.org's 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts.

Mehlville School District also received the Missouri District of Character and National District of Character award in 2014. Several Mehlville schools are also national and state schools of character.

Founded in 1993, Character.org is a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. It works with schools, families, workplaces and other communities to inspire, educate and empower people to be ethical and compassionate citizens. Character.org is comprised of character leaders dedicated to individual growth and success through the advancement of quality character development in all schools and communities. The impact of this is seen through improved academic achievement, decline in behavioral problems such as truancy and an increase in an overall positive school climate.
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