2015 Conference Highlights

On May 29, 2015, the New Jersey Alliance for Social, Emotional, and Character Development presented its Eighth Annual Conference at Rider University in Lawrenceville, NJ. The theme of the conference was CHARACTER:  A MUST for Everyone, Everywhere: In Academics, Athletics, and the Arts. This theme underscored how character can be built in all areas of endeavor in schools and that a positive school culture and climate, social emotional learning, and character education is important for successful schools and their students.

Conference Documents

2015 New Jersey Schools of Character

2015 NJ Character Ed Conference 090 copyThe conference began with a ceremony honoring the fourteen 2015 New Jersey Schools/Districts of Character. These school districts earned this designation based on their implementation of the Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education of Character.org in Washington, D.C. These schools demonstrated that they have successfully met the criteria set down by Character.org to earn this recognition. The schools are…

  • Camden County Technical Schools, Gloucester Township Campus
  • Cedar Hill Elementary School
  • Juan Pablo Duarte – Jose Julian Marti, School No.28
  • Liberty Corner School
  • Scott Carpenter Elementary School
  • Macopin Middle School
  • Old Bridge High School
  • Old Bridge Township Public Schools  (District of Character)
  • Thomas Paine Elementary School
  • Upper Greenwood Lake Elementary School
  • Virgil Grissom Elementary School
  • Walter M. Schirra Elementary School
  • Washington Elementary School
  • William A. Miller Elementary School

In addition, thirteen schools were named as Honorable Mention Schools of Character, including…

  • Carl Sandburg Middle School
  • Cherry Hill High School East
  • Cinnaminson Middle School
  • Clara Barton Elementary School
  • Bogert School
  • Forrestdale School
  • HIllside Elementary School
  • Lafayette Township School
  • McGalliard Elementary School
  • Meadowbrook School
  • Merriam Avenue School
  • Canfield Avenue School
  • Upper Township Elementary School

Three schools were also identified as Emerging Schools of Character.  They are…

  • Broad Street School
  • Glassboro Intermediate School
  • Tinton Falls Middle School

NJEA President, Wendell Steinhauer and Character.org President and CEO, Rebecca Sipos participated in the Recognition Ceremony praising the schools for their success and speaking about the importance of good character as part of the educational program.  New Jersey Governor Chris Christie signed a proclamation designating May 29, 2015 as “New Jersey School of Character Day.”  Nina Kemps, NJ State School of Character Coordinator was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation from NJASECD for her leadership in the School of Character Program.

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Wendell Steinhauer
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Rebecca Sipos
William Trusheim & Nina Kemps
William Trusheim
& Nina Kemps

Rebecca Sipos also recognized thirteen New Jersey schools and two New Jersey districts as National Schools/Districts of Character for 2015.  Those schools/districts are…

  • Camden County Technical Schools – Gloucester Township Campus
  • Camden County Technical Schools – Pennsauken Campus
  • Eastern Christian School Association
  • Juan Pablo Duarte – Jose Julian Marti, School No.28
  • Liberty Corner School
  • Scott Carpenter Elementary School
  • Macopin Middle School
  • Memorial Elementary School
  • Old Bridge High School
  • Old Bridge Township Public Schools
  • Southwood Elementary School
  • Theunis Dey School
  • Thomas Paine Elementary School
  • Walter M. Schirra Elementary School
  • William A. Miller Elementary School

(See Recognition Booklet)

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A Keynote Panel consisting of Michael Gilbert, Ed Canzanese, and Jim Sarto spoke about the importance of Character Education in Academics, Athletics, and the Arts and did follow-up breakout sessions during the afternoon presentations.  The keynote panel idea was well received by conference attendees and will be continued in the future.
(See Keynote Panel Bios)

Twenty-four breakout sessions followed the keynote and were given by experts and practitioners in the fields of Character Education, Social-Emotional Learning, and School Culture and Climate.
(See Conference Program At-A-Glance)

2014 National Promising Practices from New Jersey Schools were also on display as part of the Promising Practice Poster Session held during lunch hour in the Bart Ludeke Student Center at Rider.
(See Poster Session Descriptions)

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