Partnership for Character Education
In partnership with the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education, the Mann Center hosted Samford’s inaugural Character Education Workshop in 2015 bringing together 60 educators from 22 schools across Alabama to learn about the benefits of character education and development in schools. Through focused, intentional partnerships with Alabama schools, the Partnership for Character Education provides assistance to local schools to help develop and implement customized character enrichment programs in each school. Current partner institutions include Cornerstone Academy, Restoration Academy, Tarrant Intermediate School and W. E. Putnam Middle School.
The Partnership for Character Education convened its inaugural cohort of principals from these schools in the summer of 2016. Cohort members will meet over an extended period of time and share common learning experiences which focus on how to create positive school cultures within each of their respective schools. In addition, this type of peer interaction provides opportunities for principals to reflect on other aspects of their professional responsibilities.
Goals of the Partnership for Character Education
- School leaders will be equipped with the skills to develop, implement and evaluate quality character education programs and practices.
- School leaders will participate in experiences that foster mutual learning and professional community both within the program and in their respective schools.
- School leaders will develop a network of professional support through colleagues and professionals within the Samford community.
- Each school will develop a new program and practices. New practices will be implemented and evaluated throughout the course of the partnership program.
Partnership for Character Education facilitators and delegations from cohort schools met at Samford on September 13, 2016.