Character Education Matching Grant Approvals 2014-2015

Congratulations to the new LEA Character Education
Matching Grant Award Recipients!
1 Academy of Excellence Inc. Academy of Excellence
2 Alhambra Elementary  District Cordova Middle School
3 Alhambra Elementary District Montebello Elementary School
4 Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Inc. AAEC – Estrella
5 Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Inc. AAEC – Paradise  Valley
6 Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Inc. AAEC – Prescott  Valley
7 Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Inc. AAEC – Red Mountain
8 Arizona Agribusiness & Equine Center Inc. SMCC Campus
9 Avondale Elementary Desert Star Elementary School
10 Buckeye Union High School District Buckeye Union High School
11 Camp Verde Unified District Camp Verde Middle School
12 Cartwright Elementary District Cartwright Elementary School
13 Chandler Unified District San Marcos Elementary School
14 Cottonwood-Oak Creek Elementary District Mountain View Preparatory
15 Creighton Elementary District Creighton Elementary School
16 Deer Valley Unified District Legend Springs Elementary
17 Florence Crittenton Services of AZ Inc. Girls Leadership Academy of Arizona
18 Florence Unified District Circle Cross Ranch K-8
19 Florence Unified District Walker Butte K-8
20 Fowler Elementary District Fowler Elementary
21 Fowler Elementary District Sun Canyon Elementary School
22 Fowler Elementary District Western Valley Elementary School
23 Genesis Program Genesis Academy
24 Gila Bend Unified District Gila Bend Elementary
25 Higley Unified School District Higley High School
26 Higley Unified School District Williams Field High School
27 Liberty Traditional Charter School Saddleback Charter School
28 Maricopa Unified District Maricopa Elementary School
29 Mesa Unified District Crismon Elementary School
30 Murphy Elementary District Arthur Hamilton Elementary School
31 Murphy Elementary District Jack L Kuban Elementary School
32 Murphy Elementary District William R. Sullivan
33 P.L.C. Charter Schools Arts Academy at Estrella Mountain
34 Phoenix Elementary District Maie Bartlett Heard School
35 Phoenix Elementary District Silvestre S. Herrera School
36 Prescott Unified District Abia Judd Elementary School
37 Presidio School, Inc. Presidio School
38 Roosevelt Elementary District Bernard Black Elementary School
39 Roosevelt Elementary District C.O. Greenfield School
40 StarShine Academy StarShine Academy
41 Telesis Center for Learning Inc. Telesis Preparatory Academy
42 The Paideia Academies Inc. The Paideia Academy of South
43 Tolleson Elementary District Desert Oasis Elementary School
44 Tolleson Elementary District Sheely Farms Elementary School
45 Tucson Unified District C. E. Rose Elementary School
46 Washington Elementary District Ocotillo Elementary School
47 Washington Elementary District Orangewood Elementary  School
48 Washington Elementary District Washington Elementary School
49 Williams Unified District Williams Elementary/Middle School
50 Williams Unified District Williams High School

Character Education Matching Grant Application Now Closed

The Character Education Matching Grant has closed for the 2014-2015 school year. This year, the Character Education team will be reviewing applications from over 50 school districts and charter schools! We plan on announcing the grant recipients in late July.

Character Education Matching Grant Now Available!

The Character Education team is pleased to announce that the FY 2014-2015 Character Education Matching Grant is now open through the ADE Grants Management website ( You will need to have an ADEConnect logon to use the new Grants Management Enterprise. We have extended the submission deadline to Friday, June 27, 2014 at 5:00 PM MST.  

This year, the Character Education team will conduct Grant Application Training in the webinar format. This will give everyone an opportunity to learn more about the grant and to answer any questions that you may have regarding the grant or the application process. We have scheduled four trainings, beginning May 21st with the last one scheduled June 10th. Here are the dates, times and registration links for each training session: (each training has a separate registration link)

Wednesday, May 21, 2014  9:00-10:00 AM MST –

Tuesday, May 27, 2014 9:00-10:00 AM MST –

Wednesday, June 4, 2014 9:00-10:00 AM MST -

Tuesday, June 10, 2014  9:00-10:00 AM MST –

Thank you for your interest in Character Education and good luck to you all!


Click here to download the Character Education Matching Grant Instructions

Application Delays

The Character Eduaction Matching Grant application release date has been postponed, due to technical issues. We are looking to post the application to the new Arizona Department of Education Grants Managment Enterprise on or around May 8, 2014. If you would like to recieve an email once the application is opened, please fill out the following form.

Character Education Mailing List

Please fill out the following information to receive program updates from the Character Education Department.

CEMG Provider Vetting Underway

The Character Education Matching Grant Application for Pre-Approved Vendors has closed and the Character Education Department has begun vetting applicants. Pre-approved vendors will be posted to the ADE Website on Monday, April 28, 2014. The application process will open for schools on Thursday, May 1, 2014. If you have any questions or concerns regarding the Character Education Matching Grant, contact program specialist Michael Elliott at or (602) 364-0103.

Character Education Information Seminar This Thursday


The Arizona Department of Education Character Education Department will be having a Character Education Matching Grant seminar for all Local Education Agencies this Thursday, April 3, 2014 at our central office, located at 3300 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, Arizona 85014. Attendees have the option of attending either the 10:00 AM session or the 1:00 session. Each session is expected to last an hour and a half. To RSVP to a session, please email

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 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

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.

The August Attribute is Diligence ~

D iligence is committing to doing tasks with excellence, persevering with determination and patience to complete tasks in spite of difficulties and discouragement. Doing your duty to the best of your ability.

Attribute Quote

“Gardens are not made by singing ‘Oh, how beautiful!’ and sitting in the shade.”

῀ Rudyard Kipling, Complete Verse

Featured Reading

“Cloudette” by Tom Lichtenheld

July’s Attribute is Citizenship ~

C itizenship is being loyal to your country. It allows you to have a choice, since you can vote for someone who can represent you and make decisions in your name.

This means that we have to respect our laws and our culture. It means that we have to represent our country overseas, show respect to citizens of other countries, and our fellowmen. To be a good citizen is to denounce injustices of one country towards another.

We also have a duty to our own country, which we demonstrate by paying our taxes and by participating in a variety of activities within our communities.

Finally, a good citizen respects the world because we are all citizens of the world.

Attribute Quote

“If we can instill values of community, harmony, peace, moderation, and stewardship into our youth, the rewards to society are limitless, and everything else will come easy.”
῀ Charles Orgbon III

Recommended Reading

“Brothers in Hope” by Mary Williams