Press Release from the Tennessee Department of Education, Feb. 9, 2010:
Nashville, TN – The Tennessee Department of Education is proud to announce the 2009 Character Education Best Practices Merit Winners announced last night during the 2010 Tennessee School Counselor and Administrator Leadership Institute.
The following schools and school district have been recognized as models for improving attitudes and behavior within their schools:
Stanford Elementary Montessori Design School – Metro Nashville Public Schools
Ruby Major Elementary School – Metro Nashville Public Schools
Sumner County Schools – awarded for district-wide activities
Receiving special commendation for outstanding work:
Richard Hardy Memorial School – Richard City Schools
Granbery Elementary School – Metro Nashville Public Schools
“We congratulate these schools for putting an emphasis on the whole child and positive school environment,” Education Commissioner Timothy Webb said. “The habits students develop while in school carry over into their homes and communities. School staff and students should be proud of the work they’ve accomplished.”
Representatives shared information regarding their efforts to incorporate character education across curriculum, participating in service projects and efforts in increasing parent and community involvement. Schools and school districts compete annually by submitting their strategy and evidence of its effectiveness.
“Creating a safe and welcoming learning environment is one of the most important things we can do for a child,” said Laura Nichols, Director of Character Education. “These schools have developed methods that prove successful and they should be commended.”