The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has named Fort Bend ISD as one of only two school districts in the nation as a finalist in the 2011 National Schools of Character (NSOC) program.
“We know that amazing things happen at schools of character – students treat one another and their teachers with more respect, violence and bullying decrease, substance abuse declines, disruptive behavior diminishes, school pride and parental involvement increase, achievement gaps narrow, and overall academic achievement goes up,” said CEP President and CEO Joe Mazzola. “Schools of character contribute to a nation of ethical citizens who know what is right, have the moral courage to do what is right and, at the same time, pursue excellence. We simply need more of them.”
CEP will announce the names of the National Schools of Character in May 2011. “These are caring schools and we are thrilled to recognize their efforts and help them share their best practices with other educators,” said Laura Maupin, NSOC Associate Director.
In February, the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA) selected Fort Bend ISD as a 2011 Texas District of Character. Fort Bend ISD is the only district in the state to receive the honor this year. Being selected as a State School of Character meant the District’s application was forwarded for consideration in the National Schools of Character (NSOC) program. TEPSA will honor Fort Bend ISD with a special recognition at the regular Board of Trustees meeting on April 11.