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GREENFIELD -  Edgewood Elementary School, 4711 S. 47th St, is one of two elementary schools to win a Wisconsin School of Character Award presented by the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership.

The organization is a coalition of area educational leaders including superintendents and principals, dedicated to raising the standard of behavior and integrity in the public arena.

Schools apply for the award and winners are selected for strong implementation of character education based on the "Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education" in the National Schools of Character guidelines.

Those include using a comprehensive, intentional, proactive and effective approach to character development; promoting core ethical values as the basis of good character; creating a caring school community; providing students with opportunities for moral action; including a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them succeed; engaging families and the community as partners in character-building efforts; and evaluating the character of the school, the school staff’s functioning as character educators, and the extent to which students manifest good character.

The announcement was made to staff and students at an all-school assembly on Friday, Jan. 20. A banner will be presented to the school to hang on the outside of the building. Edgewood is now eligible for consideration for a character award at the national level.

Among those serving on the advisory council for the Wisconsin Character Education Partnership are Demond Means, superintendent of the Mequon-Thiensville School District; Robert Kattman, director of the office of charter schools at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and former superintendent of the Glendale-River Hills School District; and William Hughes, chief academic officer of Seton Catholic Schools and former director of leadership development at Schools That Can Milwaukee and former superintendent of the Greendale School District.

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