Release Date: 5/29/2018
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Glyndon, Warren elementary schools named 2018 National Schools of Character

Only 73 schools in nation received this designation

TOWSON, MD. – Glyndon and Warren elementary schools in Baltimore County have been named 2018 National Schools of Character by

This year, designated 73 schools as 2018 National Schools of Character and 5 districts as 2018 National Districts of Character. Schools are selected based on their dedicated focus on character development programs and a positive impact on academic achievement, student behavior, school climate and their communities. Criteria for selection are based on’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, a framework to assist schools in providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership, and engaging families and communities as partners in the character-building effort.

Glyndon and Warren elementary schools and the other 2018 National Schools of Character will be honored at the 25th National Forum on Character to be held Oct. 4-7, 2018, in Washington, DC.

“At Glyndon Elementary, to meet the needs of our students, we have chosen for several years to focus on restorative practices and positive behavior," said Tracy Robinson, principal of Glyndon Elementary. “This includes strengthening relationships among students and staff and increasing our use of virtuous language. In recent years, especially, we have worked to empower students to take the lead in these efforts. We strive for our students to decipher, without direction from an adult, how to intrinsically demonstrate teamwork and gifts of character. Isn’t that what we are preparing them for when they become adults?"

Robinson added, “Student achievement is demonstrated because our students can be more focused, more positive, and work more collaboratively. I want to give special thanks to our school counselor, Ashley Hofferbert, our special educator, Robyn Wolf, consultant Dara Feldman and of course, our entire Glyndon Community for providing so much support in our character education efforts."

“We are honored to receive this recognition," said Lisa Dingle, principal of Warren Elementary School. “Our Warren Elementary staff, students, and parents have worked collaboratively to create an environment in which students can thrive both socially and academically. We have established a school house in which respect, helpfulness, and excellence are pillars of the school community."

Dingle noted that the school develops character through the use of Virtues Language and Restorative Practices. “With our guidance counselor serving as the lead facilitator in these efforts," Dingle said, “our students are better able to solve problems through the use of peer mediation, class meetings, and restorative conversations. The use of the Virtues Language has supported students and staff in effectively communicating in a manner that works towards resolving conflicts and affirming positive attributes in each other. These initiatives have helped to improve our sense of community, while holding us accountable for the decisions and choices we make, the words we use, and how they impact others. I appreciate the support of Pat Goldys, principal of Norwood Elementary, and Dara Feldman, consultant, as we continue to grow in our efforts."

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