Frequently Asked Questions
Find answers to your questions about the Forum here.

Registration, Payment, Modification, and Cancellation


Who can attend?

We expect that the 2012 National Forum on Character Education will bring together roughly 1,000 teachers, administrators, student support personnel, parents, community members, scholars, organization and business leaders, and others with an interest in improving schools across the nation and the world. We invite anyone who shares this interest to attend, whether or not you are experienced in character education. Visit these links for more information on CEP and character education.


What is the registration fee?

Please see the registration fees page for more information.


Which payment methods do you accept?

Credit Cards: CEP accepts Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Purchase Orders: Upload a copy of your school’s P.O. during the registration process, if possible. If you need assistance, contact Becky Sipos at Otherwise, please mail the P.O. to the address below:

Character Education Partnership (c/o Bryan Eddins)
1025 Connecticut Ave. NW
Suite 1011
Washington, D.C. 20036

Check: Mail your check made payable to Character Education Partnership to the address above.


How do I register a group of attendees at the same time?

Every fifth person who registers from your school or district may attend the Forum
for free. All five registrants must be added at the same time as one group during registration. You must follow the procedure below in order to receive this discount; retroactive discounts will not be granted.

Once you begin registering the first person, the Registration Summary page will appear (before you reach the payment page). On this page click the “Add Person” button. You will then be able to add each additional registrant to the group in this fashion before moving to the payment page, where you can pay for the group as a whole. (NOTE: This is not the same as “Guest” registration, which happens earlier.)

If you need to receive confirmation of registration for each person, enter a CC email address during registration. Otherwise, confirmations are sent to the person whose name is registered.


When is the registration deadline?

The final deadline to register online is October 24, 2012 at 11:59p.m. If you are unable to register before the 24th, you may register on-site.


If I can no longer attend, can someone else attend in my place?

We encourage substitutions if you’re unable to attend.  This will help you avoid cancellation penalties. To register someone else in your place, please log back into your registration using your email and confirmation number. Click “Modify Registration” and substitute the new person’s information for yours. Please contact Carol Dreibelbis at if you need assistance.


What is the cancellation policy?

All cancellations are subject to a $75 processing fee. All cancellations after Oct.10, 2013 are non-refundable. Unfortunately, we are unable to refund registration fees even in the event of an emergency; however, we do accept substitutions. We encourage you to send someone in your place (see above). All registered participants who do not attend the Forum will still be responsible for their registration fee. Please note that refunds will be issued after the Forum.


Can a family member or friend accompany me to the conference?

Yes, you have three options:

  • Option 1: If you have a friend or family member who would like to participate in the full conference, he or she must register as a regular conference attendee.
  • Option 2: If you have a friend or family member who would like to attend one or two special events only, you may register them as a “Guest” for that event. Guests are eligible to attend the Welcome Reception or the NSOC Luncheon. For more
    information on special events, click here.
  • Option 3: If you have a friend or family member who would like to attend all food-related events, you may register them as a “Meals-Only Guest.” Meals-Only Guests can participate in the Welcome Reception, the NSOC Luncheon, and all breakfasts and snack breaks.


How can I modify my registration?

Log back into your registration with your email address and confirmation number. Select “Modify Registration” and make the desired changes.


Session Selection


When do I select the breakout sessions I want to attend?

All breakout sessions will be available on a first-come, first-served basis. Using our new online event community, you will be able to set up a customized schedule for yourself before the Forum. Otherwise, upon arrival at the Forum, you’ll receive a program with all breakout sessions and descriptions.


When do I select the Hot Topic Discussion I want to attend?

Hot Topic Discussions will be ticketed sessions. Please indicate the session you would like to attend when you register.


Hotel, Travel, and Meals


Which meals are included with registration?

Your registration fee covers breakfast and coffee on Friday and Saturday mornings,
hors d’oeuvres at the Welcome Reception on Friday, and a luncheon on Saturday.
We will offer à la carte lunch for purchase in the hotel on Friday.

There is a Starbucks and four other eateries inside the conference hotel for your convenience.


Will I have internet access at the hotel?

All Forum participants who stay at the Renaissance hotel and book rooms through our conference block will have free wifi in their hotel rooms.


What if the Renaissance hotel runs out of available rooms?

If the conference hotel room block fills up, there are several other hotels located within walking distance.

3 minute walk:
The Henley Park Hotel
926 Massachusetts Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001
3.5 stars

5 minute walk:
Hampton Inn Washington-Downtown-Convention Center
901 6th St NW
Washington, DC 20001
3 stars

‎‎10 minute walk:
Harrington Hotel
436 11th St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
2 stars

11 minute walk:
Comfort Inn Convention Center/Downtown
1201 13th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
2 stars

12 minute walk:
Donovan House
1155 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20005
4 stars




What do I wear to the conference?

Washington, D.C. weather in early November averages in the low 60s during the day and the mid 40s at night. We suggest business casual wear for the conference. Please keep in mind that the hotel controls the temperature in all workshop rooms and all rooms are air-conditioned. We encourage you to bring a sweater in case the rooms get too chilly!


How can I get graduate credit for attending?

All Forum participants earn professional development credit hours, but graduate credit is also available from the University of San Diego (USD; accredited by the Western Association of Schools and Colleges). Take advantage of this opportunity for graduate extension credit for attendance at the 2012 National Forum on Character Education.


What is the Online Forum Community?

We are excited to introduce a private online community for this year’s Forum, made up exclusively of conference attendees. Lasting for one year, it will enable participants to communicate with speakers, exhibitors, and other attendees before the Forum and keep in contact with them for months afterward. This amazing resource will allow the amazing work that takes place at the Forum to continue throughout the year!


Who do I contact with further questions?

Sweta Haldar:; 202.296.7743

Becky Sipos:; 202.296.7743 ext. 20