Accepting National Character Award
Two Smallwood Drive Elementary faculty members traveled to Washington, D.C. and not only brought back the school’s National School of Character Award but numerous strategies and behavorial support initiatives they can share with staff and families.
Smallwood Drive is 1 of 88 schools in the country earning the award from character.org. Jennifer Noe, school psychologist, and Anna LoTempio, art teacher, accepted the award and attended workshops and training sessions for award recipients.
“We were honored to represent Smallwood and accept the National School of Character Award,” said Noe. “The conference was an incredible opportunity to continue to learn ways to implement character in our building. Listening to the inspiring keynote speakers and networking with other districts gave us great insight into ways we can continue to weave character into our curriculum and everyday climate and culture at Smallwood.”
The information they brought back to the district will be shared with staff during faculty meetings and families through PTA meetings. There were many examples of how to include character within the existing curriculum and these will be shared directly with teachers.
Their session topics included Conscious Discipline, Restorative Practices, Implementing a District Wide Character Program, Empathy in the Classroom, Jesse Lewis Choose Love Foundation, Ways to Create a Caring Classroom Environment and Compassion or Control in the Classroom.
“It was impactful to learn from leading educators and established authors in our field,” said LoTempio. “Many of the workshops emphasized increased awareness of internal emotions for teachers and strategies to effectively manage them. I am excited to share these strategies as they align with our mindfulness and behavioral support initiatives and will directly influence our relationship with our students.”