State School of Character

In partnership with the Character Education Partnership, we’re proud to serve as the state of Iowa sponsor for the State Schools of Character Awards (SSOC). The purpose of the SSOC is to identify, honor, and showcase exemplars in character education and facilitate their leadership in mentoring others.  

CEP’s National and State Schools of Character program offers K-12 public, private, and charter schools and districts across the U.S. a path to school improvement and excellence through high-quality character education. When schools engage in the schools of character process and seek to implement CEP’s framework for success, known as the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, they:

  • Bring teachers, administrators, support staff, parents, students, and community members together to identify a common set of core values and a unite around a common purpose
  • Go through a process of reflection and self-assessment that helps the school community identify strengths and next steps
  • Receive free professional feedback on their programs as well as suggestions for growth

Schools and districts that are recognized for reaching a standard of excellence at the state level are named State Schools of Character (for 3 years) and their applications are sent to CEP for evaluation at the national level. If they are again determined to have met a standard of excellence, they are named National Schools of Character (for 5 years). These schools become part of a national network of schools of character that serve as models and mentors to other educators.  Learn more about the SSOC Award.

SSOC Award Winners will receive a SSOC Award Banner and will be recognized at the Iowa Character Awards Banquet in August, 2013.

SSOC Award Winners

Urbandale High School, 2007

Dallas Center-Grimes Middle School

Price Lab School (National Finalist)
Pocahontas Area Community School District

Urbandale High School
Cornell Elementary (Saydel District)
Okoboji Community School District
Price Lab School (National Finalist)



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