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dLACE is a grant-funded program for Missouri School Districts that supports district leadership in implementing evidence-based practices for character development and positive school climate. District leaders will be trained to understand essential implementation components and equipped to successfully lead a district’s climate and character development efforts. The value to a participating school district

exceeds $35,000.


dLACE scholars will learn to use character education essentials as part of school improvement practices districtwide to ensure a comprehensive, intentional, and proactive approach to student development.  This includes learning the skills to implement, lead, and sustain a character education process throughout their district that positively impacts academic performance, school culture and climate, referral rates, and teacher job satisfaction when done with multi-year efficacy. The ideal dLACE scholar is someone who has the ability and is empowered to lead this work in the district. 


dLACE is designed to help school districts meet MSIP6 expectations.

Training Location:
St. Louis, MO
If travel is required - Hotel Expenses Paid 
Participant Mileage Reimbursed
plus a Stipend per District for Character Education Follow-On Needs
Character Education Starter Library iCharacterPlus Online Programming Access 
Funded by DESE & CharacterPlus
No cost to you!
Districts accepted into the program will receive up to three years of support including: 

  • Training for district leaders

  • Asset audit

  • Climate surveys

  • Collaborative planning

  • On-site coaching from staff members with deep experience in school transformation

  • Customized on-site services based on district-identified needs

  • iCharacterPlus online programming access

  • Character education starter library

  • Paid travel expenses plus stipend

For over 30 years, CharacterPlus has helped educators and administrators develop evidence-based character foundation frameworks that create positive school culture, climate, and advanced academic achievement. Our character education expertise spans more than 50 school districts, 300 public, private and charter schools, colleges, universities, the NCAA, and international. 

Districts implementing our evidence-based practices with fidelity over three years report that

- staff morale is higher
- staff possess a strong sense of purpose
- staff and students enjoy a higher level of admin support
- more students score at proficient or advanced on assessment tests
- students demonstrate healthier prosocial behaviors
- fewer student behavior office referrals occur
- students report greater feelings of belonging and autonomy
- more students view the school as a community
- staff possess a strong sense of purpose
- students are more likely to view the school as a community
For questions, please get in touch with Roxanna Mechem, Ed.S., dLACE Director
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