Illinois State Schools of Character Awarded

St. Francis College of Education Sponsored Program Presents Plaques at Summer Conference

August 10, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

The University of St. Francis (USF) College of Education (COE), in partnership with the Will County Character Coalition, proudly presented the 2017 Illinois State Schools of Character (ISSC) recipients with their awards on Friday, July 21, 2017. Recipients are Freeburg Primary Center in Freeburg, Ill., St. Mary of the Angels in Chicago, Ill., and Belleville School District 18.

Each year the ISSC selects schools and/or school districts for annual recognition. The ISSC seeks to recognize schools and school districts that demonstrate outstanding character education, which yields positive results in student behavior, school climate and academic performance.

This year, the evaluation team selected Freeburg Primary Center in Freeburg, Ill., and St. Mary of the Angels in Chicago, Ill., as 2017 Schools of Character. St. Mary is the first Catholic school in the Chicago Archdiocese to receive this distinction. Belleville School District 118 of Belleville, Ill., received the 2017 School District of Character distinction. Belleville is the first school district in the state to receive this distinction due to the number of schools within the district who meet Schools of Distinction standards.

Awards were presented at the Next Generation Conference at the University of St. Francis. Attendees included superintendents, associate superintendents, principals and vice-principals.  Elementary, junior high and high school teachers were also in attendance. Several presentations were given related to character education in schools, including “The Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education,” presented by USF professor and Illinois School of Character evaluator Madonna Murphy.

Matt Klosterman, superintendent of Belleville School District 118; Beth Dolack, Principal of St. Mary of the Angels School and Theresa Gosinski, Principal of Freeburg Primary Center were all in attendance to receive their plaques on behalf of their schools.

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