Pennsbury Education Association
Pennsbury School District to be named 2015 District of Character
Pennsbury School District is one of four school districts nationwide to be named a 2015 State District of Character by Character.org, a national nonprofit based in Washington, D.C. Character.org made the announcement on February 17th. Pennsbury is the largest district in the country to be named a State District of Character, and is the only district in the U.S. to have seven State Schools of Character in the same year, according to Pennsylvania’s State Director for Character.org, Dr. Gregg Amore. The Pennsbury schools also named for this year include Afton, Edgewood, Fallsington, Oxford Valley, and Quarry Hill elementary schools, and Pennwood and William Penn middle schools. Schools and districts announced this week will be forwarded on to the national evaluation process for consideration to be National Schools and Districts of Character.
The 11 Principles of Effective Character Education are:
- The school community promotes core ethical and performance values as the foundation of good character.
- The school defines “character” comprehensively to include thinking, feeling, and doing.
- The school uses a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to character development.
- The school creates a caring community.
- The school provides students with opportunities for moral action.
- The school offers a meaningful and challenging academic curriculum that respects all learners, develops their character, and helps them to succeed.
- The school fosters students’ self-motivation.
- The school staff is an ethical learning community that shares responsibility for character education and adheres to the same core values that guide the students.
- The school fosters shared leadership and long-range support of the character education initiative.
- The school engages families and community members as partners in the character-building effort.
- The school regularly assesses its culture and climate, the functioning of its staff as character educators, and the extent to which its students manifest good character.