The Character Education Partnership (CEP), a national advocate and leader for the character education movement, named John Poole Middle School a 2014 National School of Character (NSOC). The NSOC program recognized JPMS as a school that has demonstrated its use of character development to drive a positive impact on academics, student behavior, and fostering a positive educational climate.
The NSOC program is not a competition, but rather an opportunity to go through a rigorous process of feedback and coaching, as well as recognition for growth and excellence in the area of character development through CEP’s eleven Principles of Effective Character Education framework.
Since its inception, CEP has awarded over 250 schools with the distinction of NSOC. John Poole was the only school in Maryland to be honored as a NSOC this year.
“Character education is a large part of our students’ daily lives,” said Principal Charlotte Boucher. “We are grateful for CEP and its efforts to create a national discussion on the importance of character in education. We are eager to carry this distinction for years to come and are hopeful our example will lead other schools in Maryland to participate in this process in order to enhance students’ lives statewide.”