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International Forum

JOIN US VIRTUALLY OCTOBER 19-20, 2022!

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2022 Keynote Speakers

Irshad Manji

New York Times bestselling author of Don’t Label Me, Irshad Manji will share with educators how to achieve diversity without division through her moral courage method that strives to cultivate unity – not conformity.

Cheryl Maurana, Ph.D.

Founding Director of the Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine, Professor Cheryl Maurana will share with us the framework the Kern Network has developed to promote caring among health professionals.

Marvin Berkowitz, Ph.D.

The Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship will discuss the six principles that form the backbone of his new book PRIMED for Character Education.

Themes & Topics

Character/SEL Crosswalk

Engaging Parents

School Safety

Character & Mental Health

Help Us Celebrate!

2022 National Schools of Character

2022 Promising Practices

2022 Sandy Award

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 19

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9:00am – 10:45am

Keynote: Diversity Without Division

Founder of the Moral Courage Project and author of Don’t Label Me, Irshad Manji will share what she’s learned about moral courage and character.

An award-winning author, Irshad will offer the practical tools for communicating during these tense times, including how to build supportive relationships and learning how to hear, not fear, different perspectives.

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11:00am – 11:50am

Panel Discussion: The Crosswalk Between Character & SEL

Panelists: Cristy Guleserian, Maurice Eilias, Lauren Boyher,

Facilitator: Arthur Schwartz

This groundbreaking session will train and equip K-12 educators with the knowledge, language, and tools to confidently crosswalk the concepts of character development and social emotional learning. 

Cristy Gulesarian is the Director of Principled Innovation at Arizona State University, funded by the Kern Family Foundation.

Maurice Elias is a professor in the Psychology Department at Rutgers University, director of the Rutgers Social-Emotional and Character Development Lab, and co-director of the Academy for Social-Emotional Learning in Schools. 

 

Lauren Boyher is a school counselor at Cambridge Elementary in San Antonio and the National Schools of Character state coordinator for Texas.

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11:50AM - 12:30PM

Lunch Break

 

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12:30pm – 1:20pm

Keynote: Six Principles for Educators to Help Students Thrive

Celebrated character educator and author of PRIMED For Character Education, Marvin Berkowitz will share his tips and straightforward tenets from moral development, social and emotional learning, and positive psychology.

Dr. Berkowitz is the inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. 

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1:30pm – 2:20pm

Keynote: Turning Caring from a Noun to a Verb

Founding Director of the Kern National Network for Caring and Character in Medicine, Professor Cheryl Maurana will share with us the framework the Kern Network has developed to promote caring among health professionals.

Dr. Maurana has received national recognition for her work in public health research and community-academic partnerships. At The Medical College of Wisconsin, she has built a number of collaborations both within the College and with communities for improving health in the Milwaukee area and the state of Wisconsin. 

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2:30pm – 3:30pm

Networking Sessions

 

Past forum attendees have given us positive feedback about our virtual networking sessions. They loved that we offered an opportunity to come together and exchange ideas on a particular theme or topic.

Topic : Exchanging Ideas on Enhancing Your School’s Climate and Culture

Topic: Learn More About the School of Character Application

Topic: Character educators outside the U.S. coming together to share ideas and learn together

Topic: How Does Your School Get New Teachers and Staff “On Board” with Your Character Initiative?

Topic: Sharing Ideas on Ways to Assess and Strengthen your School’s Character Initiative

Topic: Fostering Academic Integrity in Your Classroom and School

Topic: Teens and Character Development

Topic: What is the latest research on character development?

 

Day 2 – Thursday, October 20

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9:00am – 9:50am

Involving Parents in Your Character Initiative

Panelists: Dr. Darlene Atkins, Dr. Chris Shirley

This session will feature strategies and practices that school leaders are using to successfully engage parents in their school-wide character initiative. The panelists will also discuss results from Character.org’s recent Parent Survey

Darlene Atkins, Ed.D. is the Principal of Westlawn Middle School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. Her professional career includes nine years teaching English and serving as an Assistant Principal for three years.

 

Dr. Chris Shirley is the Principal of Oak Brook Elementary School in Balwin Missouri.

 

 

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10:00am – 10:50am

Sandy Award Presentation

Friends and colleagues come together to thank and pay tribute to one of the giants in the field of ethics and character education, Michael Josephson.

Michael Josephson is the founder of Character Counts. 

Invited Guest: Scott Raecker, Executive Director of The Robert D. and Billie Ray Center at Drake University (Iowa)

Surprise Guests Too!!!

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11:00am – 11:15am

Recognizing our Volunteers

Every year Character.org takes this moment to thank our 150+ volunteers who make the Schools of Character program possible.

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11:15am – 12:00pm

Celebrating our 2022 Promising Practices

Help us recognize and celebrate practices and initiatives that have demonstrated a positive impact and strongly align with one or more of the 11 Principles.

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12:00PM - 12:30PM

Lunch Break

 

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12:30pm - 2:15pm

Celebrating our 2022 National Schools (and Districts) of Character

Join us as we congratulate the 50 schools and 2 school districts that have put into place a comprehensive approach that inspires their students to understand, care about, and consistently practice a set of core values and character strengths.

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Don’t Miss The Premiere Character Event Of The Year!

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