Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan visits Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill

Rosa tells how character education and achievement go hand-in-hand

In the following video, hear Rosa's principal, Ed Canzanese, and his staff and parents talk about the role that character education plays in their winning a Blue-Ribbon School award.  (Rosa International Middle School is a 2008 National School of Character, and has been recognized in 2007 and 2008 as a New Jersey School of Character ).

On October 27, 2009, U.S. Secretary of Education, Arne Duncan traveled to New Jersey, where he joined Gov. Jon Corzine for a tour of Rosa International Middle School in Cherry Hill.  They visited classes and talked with students, teachers, and administrators, including Principal Ed Canzanese, science teacher Christine Weigel, and humanities teacher Carolyn Grossi. While there, Duncan and Corzine participated in a roundtable discussion with students, parents, and teachers and congratulated the school for its Blue Ribbon Schools award.  The Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes schools that make significant progress in closing the achievement gap.

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