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The 19th annual National CHARACTERplus Character Education Conference takes place June 17-19, 2013. Building a positive school climate and developing caring & productive citizens is the core to student academic achievement. Cooperating School Districts invites K-12 educators to attend the Character Education Conference in St. Charles, Missouri, and learn how character education will positively change their worlds. The expertise of the conference’s presenters will provide participants with one of the most thought provoking culture-changing experiences of they will have gained in their professional career. In addition to 50 breakout sessions, the Character Education Conference delivers four keynote addresses:

Julia Cook • A motivational speaker and former school counselor, Julia Cook is one of the nation’s foremost authors of guidance storybooks for children. Her books like Soda Pop Head teach readers to become life-long problem solvers. She energizes her audience with valuable tips of the trade. Audiences will laugh, cry, and leave with “stuff” that they can really use and apply to their lives.

General Stephen Lorenz • A true leader of American heroes, Stephen Lorenz is a retired Four Star General. He was Air Education and Training Commander of Randolph Air Force Base. His inspiring stories will motivate participants to take leadership skills to a new height. Learn secrets of great leadership to empower staff and students from a man who led the recruitment, training and education of more than 340,000 Air Force personnel annually.

Kevin and Dave Kuschel • Life looks different when you’re confined to a seated position. For St. Louis teacher Kevin Kuschel, overcoming his disability has enabled him to meet the challenge of helping his high school students overcome their obstacles and achieve great things. Using anecdotes—both humorous and emotional, Kevin and his younger brother Dave will motivate and inspire the audience to rise above the circumstances in their own lives.

Dr. Michelle Borba Michele is an internationally recognized author, speaker, and educator on character education, parenting, and bullying prevention. She has worked with hundreds of schools to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, reduce peer cruelty and create compassionate, just learning cultures. Learn about her 6 R’s of Effective Bullying Prevention and other strategies to enhance school community and academic achievement.

Registration for the 19th annual National CHARACTERplus Character Education Conference is now open. To learn more about the conference, visit this link. CHARACTERplus is a program of CSD.