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By Dr. John Urkevich, Executive Director

Each summer Cooperating School DistrictsCHARACTERplus® program holds the Character Education Conference. On July 9 and 10, 2010, the 15th annual conference takes place in St. Louis, Missouri at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront Hotel.

CHARACTERplus® works to advance the cause of character education and sustain its impact on the lives of educators and students by:

  • designing, promoting and facilitating processes and best practices;
  • serving educators and enhancing their commitment to character education;
  • actively recruiting and developing community support; and
  • continually evaluating the impact of our programs and services.

CHARACTERplus® has grown dramatically in the past sixteen years. We now serve over 186 school districts, more than 30,000 teachers, and 425,000 students in over 877 schools.

CEC15According to CHARACTERplus® Director Liz Gibbons, “it is our hope that this conference and the excellent presenters will inspire and motivate you to be the change agent for your schools and communities.  The difference effective character education can make in school culture, and in the community, is astounding.”

At the two-day conference, there are four keynote speakers: Marvin Berkowitz, Professor of Character Education, on “The Prime of Character Education”; Todd Whitaker, Professor of Educational Leadership, on “What Great Teachers Do Differently: 14 Things That Matter Most”; Barbara Lewis, Consultant & Former Teacher, on “Youth of Integrity Changing The Future”;  and Clifton Taulbert, President & Founder, on “Their Promising Future: our Goal.”

Other topics include: Going Green With Character Education, Film Clips for Character Education, The Culture of Character, What Does a Hero Look Like?, and NoMOre Bullying.

For more information on the 15th annual Character Education Conference, please visit the CHARACTERplus® website.