Schools of Character Program

The University of St. Francis and the Will County Character Coalition are partnering with the Character Education Partnership to offer the Illinois State Schools of Character Awards Program. The purpose of State and National Schools of Character is to identify and honor schools and districts that can serve as models of comprehensive, transformative character education.

The state awards program is a preliminary step to advancing to the Character Education Partnership’s (CEP) National Awards program, the NSOC awards. The Illinois State Schools of Character program is endorsed by the Illinois State Board of Education.

To learn more about this opportunity or to apply online visit
Schools of Character Program Website
Schools of Character Presentation

Applications are submitted online by visiting the Character Education Partnership (CEP) website Application Process for Schools of Character

The University of St. Francis and the Will County Character Education Coalition will review and score all applications received. Those identified as having met a standard of excellence will be named State Schools of Character (SSOC) for a period of three years.

Once a school receives the SSOC classification, the CEP conducts a review for further consideration as a National School of Character (NSOC).

Promising Practices Application
Each year, as part of the Schools of Character program, CEP recognizes educators in the United States and elsewhere who have implemented unique, specific, and effective character education strategies. Many schools first apply for a Promising Practice Award . This application does not require a description of your whole character education program, but rather of a specific practice or aspect of your program that other schools may learn from and even replicate. Promising Practices put one or more of the 11 Principles into action. Learn more by downloading our 11 Principles of Effective Character Education. CEP honors the Promising Practice recipients at its annual Forum held in Washington, DC. where they shared their successful strategies with other educators. For more information about how to apply for Promising Practices, contact Dave Keller at