NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ - The New Jersey Association for Social, Emotional, and Character Development (NJASECD) is proud to announce that the New Providence School district has been named 2017 New Jersey Schools/ District of Character. The district was one of six districts and 80 schools across the country to receive this State level recognition. The district has also been forwarded to Character.org (formerly the Character Education Partnership), a national character education advocate and are in the national evaluation process for consideration to be named 2017 National Schools /Districts of Character.

Criteria for the designations are based on Character.org's 11 Principles of Effective Character Education, which includes providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership and engaging families and communities as partners in character-building efforts. "You can feel the positive climate in these schools the minute you walk through the door. The students, staff and community are respectful and care about each other, and the academics scores improve," states Nina Kemps, New Jersey Schools of Character Coordinator.

Character.org recognized 80 schools and six districts from across the country as 2017 State Schools and Districts of Character. Since Character.org's Schools of Character program's inception, more than 550 schools have been designated as a State School of Character, impacting more than a million students. This year New Jersey has the highest number of State Schools of Character in the nation.

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The Recognition Ceremony for all of the New Jersey schools will take place during the NJASECD Conference on May 19, 2017 at Rider University. The theme of the conference is, "CHARACTER IS FOREVER: Building Your Program to Last!"

The school district will maintain this honor and status for a period of three years. Dr. David Miceli, Superintendent of Schools thanked all involved in the district’s commitment to character education, “Congratulations to the students, staff, and administration for their successful efforts in developing, promoting, and implementing our district-wide programs and themes.  Your efforts and passion in our mission have made this achievement possible.”