2014-2015 Provider Applications Now Being Accepted

Attention all Character Education Providers,

The pre-approval application for the 2014-2015 Arizona Department of Education Character Education Matching Grant is now open. Organizations that provide character education curriculum, pursuant to A.R.S. 15-154.01, can apply to be pre-approved as a vendor for the Character Education Matching Grant. Pre-approval is mandatory for providers wishing to participate in the Character Education Matching Grant program for the 2014-2015 school year.  To apply, prospective providers must fill out the following form. Please print, sign, scan and email the form to JoAnne McCoy JoAnne.McCoy@azed.gov no later than Friday, March 28, 2014 at 5:00 PM, MST.

2014-2015 Character Education Matching Grant Provider Application

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact JoAnne McCoy, (602) 364-1971 or email JoAnne.McCoy@azed.gov.

March 2014: Virtue


“One of the virtues of being very young is that you don’t let facts get in the way of your imagination.” The American humorist Sam Levenson once said that. When we typically think of virtues, we think of our positive qualities and what good things we want from our lives. Virtue is actually our high moral standards and how we strive to do the right things in our everyday lives. Webster’s Dictionary defines virtue as “having morally good behavior or character.” That is why we believe that character is an important part of our lives! Virtuous people try every day to make the world a better place.


Virtuous Americans – Past and Present

Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of the United States

President Lincoln was one of the most beloved presidents in the history of our great country! He strived to bring us together by eliminating slavery with the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation. He also wanted every American to have the opportunity to go to college, so he created the Morrill Act, which created land-grant colleges all over the country to include Iowa State University, the University of Georgia, and even the University of Arizona! Abraham Lincoln believed that all men were created equal and that liberty should be for everyone.


Thurgood Marshall, Former Supreme Court Justice

Thurgood Marshall was known as the first Black United States Supreme Court Justice. However, Thurgood was much, much more. He was a champion of civil rights for all people, regardless of race, color, or gender. “In recognizing the humanity of our fellow beings, we pay ourselves the highest tribute.” Marshall fought to overturn Plessy v. Ferguson, which allowed segregation in the United States. He argued for equal rights in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka.


Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, U.S. House of Representatives

Congresswoman Ros-Lehtinen was the first Latina to be elected to the United States Congress. Ileana immigrated to the United States when she was young, escaping the Communist forces of Cuba. and became an advocate of human rights around the world. She also has campaigned tirelessly to promote equal rights and fair treatment for everyone.   



Character Education Exhibits at the AALD Symposium




PHOENIX, Arizona – The Arizona Department of Education Character Education Team was able to set up at the 2014 African American Symposium on Living with Disabilities, held on Friday, February 28, 2014 at the Desert Willow Conference Center. Deputy Associate Superintendent Dr. Ann Hart was a featured speaker. Along with Dr. Tracy Williams, they spoke about why third graders were failing and what we could do to reverse those negative trends. Additionally, Program Specialist Michael Elliott and Administrative Assistant JoAnne McCoy were able to set up a table during break sessions. This allowed them to spread awareness of character education.


To see more photos from the AALD Symposium, click here to check out our Facebook album.

BET-C Conference Showcases Character

February 20, 2014

PHOENIX, Arizona – The Arizona Department of Education Character Education Team had the pleasure of attending the 2014 Behavior, Education, and Technology Conference this past week at the Desert Willow Conference Center in Phoenix. Attending the conference gave the Character Education Department the opportunity to showcase its program to various school administrators, curriculum directors, staff developers, technology coordinators, superintendents, principals, K-12 teachers, special educators, psychologists, counselors, social workers, mental health professionals, charter schools, private schools, alternative schools, college professors, and policy makers from all levels of government. In addition to showcasing the program and the Character Education Matching Grant, program administrator Dr. Ann Hart and JoAnne McCoy encouraged table visitors to choose which of the seventeen character education attributes were the most important in their everyday lives. The results of the poll will be posted on the program’s Twitter account within the next week.


Visitors were also treated to a panel, detailing the nuances of Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) District Funding by Dr. Ann Hart, Deputy Associate Superintendent of African-American Outreach, Character, Homeless, and Refugee Education, Oran Tkatchov, Director of Professional Development for Exceptional Student Services, and Jean Ajamie, Director of School Safety and Prevention for the Arizona Department of Education.

 To see more photos from the BET-C, click here to check out our Facebook album.

February 2014: Wisdom

February 2014



Our attribute for this month is wisdom. Wisdom is typically an attribute that denotes maturity and poise. Being wise doesn’t necessarily mean being the smartest person. Being wise means that you have used your intellect, as well as your understanding and life experiences to have a different perspective than those who are unwise. Virtually all of our American heroes, both past and present, were wise and used their wisdom to make our country great.

Attribute Quote

“Before we acquire great power, we must acquire wisdom to use it well.



Ralph Waldo Emerson

Ralph Waldo Emerson


Featured Reading




The Pot of Wisdom: Ananse Stories

By Adwoa Badoe








January 2014: Responsibility

January 2014




Responsibility is the state or fact that you have a duty or obligation to something or someone. A responsible person can be trusted to complete tasks without supervision. A responsible person acts with integrity and does not lie about things. A responsible person accepts blame for things that are their fault and work to make their lives and the lives of those around them better.With great power comes great responsibility.

Attribute Quote

The price of greatness is responsibility.


Sir Winston Churchill


Featured Readings



 The Value of Responsibility: The Story of Ralph Bunche

By Ann Donegan Johnson