Nancy Reed ~ Coordinator
The Character Education Initiative is moving into its twelfth year of implementation and has received recognition. The schools in Hamilton County’s District have implemented various strategies to incorporate the Character Education traits into their instructional programs.
In Fall, 2007, the Hamilton County Character Education initiative was awarded a “Federal Partnerships in Character Education” Grant. The award was based on the county’s exemplary efforts over the past nine years in the area of Character Education and will help to further the Character Education efforts. The initiative has also been recognized by the Character Education Partnership, Washington, DC and received the Tennessee School Boards Association Award of Excellence in Education Programs, Nashville, TN for its outstanding work.
School districts from across the United States have visited Hamilton County Schools requesting information and guidance on establishing a successful plan. Due to the tremendous interest the district’s locally funded initiative; the Southeast Regional Character Education Conference was started in 2000. Since its inception, more than 5,000
educators from across the country have come to Chattanooga for this dynamic conference. These educational professionals have enjoyed the opportunity to network with colleagues from all regions of the nation as well as hear informational presentations on current topics of interest.
Additionally, more that 1,500 educators in both private and public schools in Chattanooga have received leadership training, through Hamilton County Schools. The business and faith community have been strong supporters since the beginning of the initiative. Schools in Hamilton County continue to create numerous strategies in grades K-12 that emphasize the importance of positive moral development in students.
Nancy Reed, Coordinator
Office: (423) 209-8539