Muskogee High School has been named 2011 National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership in Washington, D.C. MHS was selected as the only 2011 State School of Character in Oklahoma after an arduous screening process that included being chosen as a Promising Practices School in 2010.
Criteria for selection are based on the 11 Principles of Character Education, which include such things as providing students with opportunities for moral action, fostering shared leadership, and engaging families and community members as partners in the character-building effort. Among the contributing activities MHS sponsored were advocacy groups for students, the Rougher R.O.A.D. touchstone, mastery learning time, and shared leadership through professional learning communities.
“This is truly an honor of the highest order,” said Mike Garde, Superintendent of Muskogee Public Schools. “The high school has worked hard to achieve this distinction. This is a tribute to the efforts of the students, faculty, and staff.”
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