Leadership Academy (LACE™)

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Since 1998, the Leadership Academy in Character Education (LACE™) has helped over 500 school leaders develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to create, implement and evaluate programs and processes that make their schools true learning communities in which character education is a vital part of the curriculum and culture.

LACE™ is a complex and comprehensive year-long professional development experience for school leaders.  Its ten elements include:

  1. a LACE™ Starter Library in character education,
  2. peer networking,
  3. attendance at a regional character education conference,
  4. a series of monthly full day workshops led by nationally and internationally-recognized experts.
  5. a curriculum of monthly written collaborative reflections with expert constructive feedback,
  6. development of a site-specific character education plan,
  7. collaborative site-based planning,
  8. site visits to national award winning schools and presentations by award winning principals,
  9. an option for up to 6 graduate credits for LACE™ participation, and;
  10. eligibility for Advanced Certification by CharacterPlus.

LACE™ has a demonstrable record of success. This can be seen, for example, in the number of leaders whose schools have won independent recognition for excellence in character education. Each year, Character.org (formerly CEP), based on a rigorous set of criteria, recognizes public and private schools and school districts in the United States as models of effective character education. As part of their National Schools of Character program, the first LACE™ was established in St. Louis in 1998 as a partnership of the Center for Character and Citizenship at UMSL and CharacterPlus. As of 2014, 42 schools and districts in the St. Louis region led by LACE™ graduates have earned recognition as National Schools/Districts of Character.  That represents almost 25% of all schools and districts so recognized in the entire country. 

LACE™ begins in January each year. Click here for an online application.

  • Applications will not be complete until we receive the letter of support.  It can be mailed (Center for Character and Citizenship, 402 Marillac Hall, UMSL, One University Blvd., St. Louis MO 63121-4400) or faxed (314-516-7356) to us.
  • Effective 2018, there is a $750.00 fee for each LACE™ participant to cover part of the estimated $4,000 cost of LACE™.  We cover the rest of the costs through grants and donations.


Below is the 2017 LACE™ schedule, subject to changes:

Jan 18         
E. DESMOND LEE TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING CENTER

8:00am - 3:30pm
Day 1 – Marvin Berkowitz – Orientation

Jan 19         
E. DESMOND LEE TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING CENTER

8:00am – 3:30pm
Phil Vincent
Day 2

Feb 7   
E. DESMOND LEE TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING CENTER

8:00am - 3:30pm
Marvin Berkowitz “A Comprehensive Approach to Effective Character Ed”
1st Assignment: Baseline Demographics and Team Formation

March 2      
ED COLLABITAT

8:00am - 3:30pm
Thomas Lickona
2nd Assignment: Self Audit

April 12           
Site Visits TBD

8:00am – 3:30pm
3rd Assignment: Reflecting on Adult Culture

May 11        
ED COLLABITAT

8:00am – 3:30pm
Pat Ciccone & JoAnne Freiberg
4th Assignment: Incorporating Stakeholders

June 12      
E. DESMOND LEE TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING CENTER

8:00am – 3:30pm
Charles Elbot
5th Assignment: Initial Planning Elements of Comprehensive Character Education

July             
NO MEETING

Aug 29        
E. DESMOND LEE TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING CENTER

8:00am – 3:30pm
Amy Johnston, Kevin Navarro, Julie Frugo
6th Assignment: Sustainability

Sept 27 & 28       
CharacterPlus Site Visits
7th Assignment: Assessing Your Character Education Plan

Oct 12
          

E. DESMOND LEE TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING CENTER
8:00am – 3:30pm
Hal Urban
8th Assignment: Auditing/Revisiting/Assembling Your Character Education Plan

Nov  
E. DESMOND LEE TECHNOLOGY & LEARNING CENTER
8:00am – 3:30pm
Clifton Taulbert

Dec 8          
GLEN ECHO COUNTRY CLUB, 3401 Lucas and Hunt Rd., 63121

9:30am – 1:30pm
LACE Graduation
Final Report Due

*All times are 8:00 am - 3:30 pm unless indicated above.


2018 LACE Dates:

January 23
January 24
February 27
March 20
April TBD
May 4
June 21
August 30
September 26
October 23
November 28
December 7

 

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