schools of character

How does my school become a Kansas School of Character?

Topeka City of Character in collaboration with the Kansas State Department of Education and the Brown v. Board of Education Historical Site is pleased to announce the 2016 Kansas Schools of Character Recognition Program in conjunction with the National School of Character Awards Program.

The application process is a done completely online through the website, which is the national program's website. It's full of helpful tips, interesting research on character education and other useful resources for schools and districts.

Since this is a school improvement process, your school TEAM should do the reflection and documentation necessary for the application. Excellent materials are available on the website to support the development of the application AND support is also available through by contacting Noalee McDonald-Augustine at It is important to put together all of the information and supporting documentation in advance and then upload it directly to the site!

For more information contact:
Noalee McDonald-Augustine, KSOC Committee Chair, at or 785-621-4414

Noni Cremer, at or 785-409-1230

Or contact Kent Reed, School Counseling Consultant, Advanced Placement, Character Education Project Director Academic/Personal-Social/Career Integration Coordinator, at

The Kansas Schools of Character Recognition Program is a statewide program that recognizes schools and districts that demonstrate outstanding character development initiatives. These programs yield positive results in:

• Student behavior
• School climate
• Academic performance

The application process is one of self-reflection, documentation and feedback, plus the opportunity to share successful strategies with others. The best applicant(s) will advance to the national level for review as National Schools of Character.

why is character education important?


Preparing students for a challenging world means offering more than intellectual stimulation. Character education helps to meet the needs of the business community, for instance, which has called for more focus on skills like reliability, honesty and leadership. It also is a proactive effort by schools, districts and communities to help students develop important core ethical (recognizing what’s right) and performance (doing what’s right) values such as caring, honesty, diligence, fairness, fortitude, responsibility, grit, creativity, critical thinking, and respect for self and others.

“From recent surveys, it is clear that business and industry want employees to be academically prepared for the positions that they are seeking. But, more importantly, they want employees that demonstrate dependability, persistence, and teamwork skills,” said Brad Neuenswander, Deputy Commissioner at the Kansas State Department of Education. “The social, emotional, and character development programs and initiatives prepare our students with the skills necessary for both college and career readiness.”