On December 11, the 15th anniversary 2013 cohort of the Leadership Academy in Character Education (LACE) completed a year of rigorous study, professional development, and school improvement planning. Graduation was held at Glen Echo Country Club.
Pictured is 2013 LACE graduate Joe Willis, Principal of Antonia Middle School in the Fox School District, with (from left) Diane Stirling of CharacterPlus, Dean Carole Basile of the UMSL College of Education and LACE co-directors Marvin W. Berkowitz and Mary Anne Hoppe.
LACE began in 1998 and has provided deep professional development to over 500 area school leaders. It, along with co-sponsor CharacterPlus, has led to over 25% of all National Schools of Character since 2008. LACE includes monthly full-day workshops by international experts, site visits to award-winning schools, attendance at the annual CharacterPlus national conference, networking with award-winning principals, a starter resource library, and personal mentoring.
LACE has been partially replicated in Texas and Kentucky, fully replicated in Wisconsin, and a blended learning video-based version is being developed for Taiwan.
The following are examples of the unsolicited praise we receive from LACE graduates:
One urban middle school principal reflected that “I cannot say thank you enough. I do not know where I would be today had I not gone through LACE. Ironic that initially I didn’t want to go, huh? The PD was amazing (deep and energizing).”
An experienced high school principal offered that “I found LACE to be one of the most beneficial experiences of my professional life and continue to use information I gained more than any other professional development I have received.”