Schools of Character in Parkway

  • Each year, Character.org recognizes schools across the country who are doing outstanding things with character education.  These schools are distinguished by the fact that the adults in the building embrace their role as models for students.  The entire school staff works collaboratively with students, parents, and community members.  All stakeholders aim to positively shape the social, emotional, and character development of the young people in their community.  Students in schools of character report feeling safe, respected, and connected to others around them.  Because of this, they thrive both socially and academically (Character.org, 2015).

    The following Parkway Schools have been recognized by character.org for their exemplary work in Character Education: 

    National Schools of Character:

    • Barretts Elementary
    • Carman Trails Elementary
    • Craig Elementary
    • Green Trails Elementary
    • McKelvey Elementary
    • Oak Brook Elementary
    • Ross Elementary
    • Northeast Middle
    • Southwest Middle

    State Schools of Character: 

    • Barretts Elementary
    • Craig Elementary
    • Sorrento Springs Elementary


    Parkway's Promising Practices 

    Each year, as part of the Schools of Character program, Character.org recognizes educators in the United States and elsewhere who have implemented unique, specific, and effective character education strategies.  Congratulations to the following Parkway schools who were recognized by Character.org for Promising Practices in 2014:

    • Barretts Elementary
    • Carman Trails Elementary
    • Craig Elementary
    • McKelvey Elementary
    • Oak Brook Elementary
    • Ross Elementary
    • Southwest Middle
    • Sorrento Spring Elementary
    • Parkway School District

    Click HERE to search all national and international promising practice awards on Character.org's website!

    Lighthouse Schools

    The Lighthouse Milestone is a highly regarded standard set by FranklinCovey that is attainable by every Leader in Me School. The attainment of the Lighthouse Milestone represents a significant benchmark, and it is evidence that a high standard has been met by a school.

    The designation is given to schools that have demonstrated the following:

    • The school-campus environment reinforces the leadership model by displaying leadership language that emphasizes individual worth and potential in hallways and classrooms.
    • Teachers integrate leadership language into school curriculum and instruction.
    • Staff collaborates and works together to effectively build a culture of leadership.
    • Students are provided with meaningful student-leadership roles and responsibilities, such as mentor, public speaker, school tour guide, and greeter.
    • Parents are given opportunities to learn The Leader in Me model and the 7 Habits, and are involved in activities that support the leadership model.
    • A system is in place for setting and tracking schoolwide, classroom, academic, and personal goals.
    • Leadership Events are held to allow students to practice their leadership skills (e.g., public speaking, sharing data, confident greetings, etc.) with community business partners, parents, and other educators.
    • The school leadership team meets regularly and oversees schoolwide implementation of the leadership model with the help of students, staff, parents, and community members.
    • Measureable improvements in teacher engagement, parent satisfaction, student behavior, and academic alignment are shown by comparing baseline data with the tracking of ongoing data.

    Lighthouse Schools:

    • Barretts Elementary
    • Bellerive Elementary