Tours and Special Events

National School of Character Site Visit: Sheridan School
Thursday Oct. 19 | 8am-12pm | Price: $50
Visit a local 2017 National School of Character, and take back some of their practices to your own school and community. Learn about Sheridan’s successful shared leadership and meaningful curriculum, and see what a National School of Character looks like in action.

Building Peace by Teaching Controversial Content 
Thurs. Oct. 19 | 1:00pm | FREE
This free additional workshop comes with a two-day ticket to tour the Newseum exhibits in addition to the workshop content. After the workshop, you will be registered for NewseumED, their website which contains free educational resources.

Ever since its ratification, the First Amendment has engendered vigorous debate – sometimes civil, sometimes not – about what these freedoms should mean and how they should apply. Learn how to leverage the passion and interest of these flash points – ranging from hate speech to religious discrimination – as powerful teaching tools. A case-study approach provides a safe entry point for students to ask questions, be challenged to look at all sides of an issue, and learn how to have constructive civic dialogue to build a more peaceful, respectful world. Includes classroom-ready materials.

Monuments by Moonlight
Friday Oct. 20 | 8pm-10pm | Price: $50
Experience Washington, D.C. at night, and see historic national monuments and federal buildings flooded in light. A seasoned tour guide will describe the deep and rich stories behind each site while driving around the city.

Special Events
2017 Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award
Friday Oct. 20 | 4:30 pm
The Sandy Award is named in honor of’s leader, philanthropist and champion, Sanford N. McDonnell whose legacy continues to inspire us to strive for excellence in character education. It has been presented annually since 1998 to a leader who exemplifies Sandy’s generous spirit and commitment to character.

Promising Practices Poster SessionPromising Practices Poster Session & Welcome Reception
Friday Oct. 20 |  5:00 pm
2016 Promising Practices and National Schools of Character will showcase their programs, projects and activities. Explore all of their wonderful displays.

Network with attendees and exhibitors at the end of day one. Chat about what you learned while enjoying drinks and hors d’oeuvres.

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National Schools of Character Awards and Luncheon
Saturday Oct. 21 | 12:15 pm  
Guest Fee – $65; Free for conference registrants.’s National Schools of Character program shapes a path to school improvement. Schools of Character implement’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education to an impressive degree and are models of holistic character education. Join us to celebrate the 2017 National Schools of Character and learn more about these exemplary schools.