2014 National Forum on Character Education
2014 National Forum on Character Education

Join us for two full days of thought-provoking breakouts and inspiring keynotes from some of the powerhouses in character education. Need some strategies for incorporating primary documents for the Common Core while still integrating character education? Enroll in one of our pre-Forum workshops at the National Portrait Gallery and Holocaust Museum.. We will again offer site visits to our local Schools of Character. 

Featured Speakers:

Briceno headshot webEDUARDO BRICEÑOPreparing Students to Truly Thrive: Mindsets, Character & 21st Century Competencies. Eduardo will share key research on the effect that a growth mindset and other key beliefs has on students’ behaviors for success in developing moral and performance character, and he will share effective strategies that schools use to cultivate those beliefs and competencies in students.


Gruener_BarbaraBARBARA GRUENERKindness Is The Real Global Warming – Imagine a world in which we focused on elevating empathy and elation rather than battling bullying behaviors. Imagine a school culture that cultivates kindness and compassion rather than combating cruelty and chaos. Pie in the sky … or possible? Prepare to feel the global warming as Barbara shares the tangible effects of infusing kindness, affirmations and gratitude into your character building.  


Mary Gordon MARY GORDON is recognized internationally as an award-winning social entrepreneur, educator, author, child advocate and parenting expert who has created programs informed by the power of empathy. In 1996 Ms Gordon outlined the initial curriculum of Roots of Empathy and began piloting the program in Toronto. In 2000 she established the national and international organization Roots of Empathy, which has since reached over 600,000 children on three continents. In 2005, Ms Gordon created the Seeds of Empathy program.


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Featured Workshops and Events

International Summit
Join key international and domestic thought leaders in this groundbreaking summit as we discuss emerging practices and possibilities for the future. You’ll engage with presenters from around the world and their best practices for character education.

Smithsonian Portrait Gallery Workshop
The National Portrait Gallery will inspire you to learn about the men and women who have made significant contributions to the history, development, and culture of the United States. This workshop will include interactive tours of a selected exhibition, hands-on components, and take-away resources that provide teachers with innovative ideas and techniques they can adapt for classroom use. All programs take place in the National Portrait Gallery’s Education Center.

Monuments by Moonlight
Experience Washington, D.C. by moonlight and see historic national monuments and federal buildings flooded in light. An experienced tour guide will describe the deep, rich stories behind each site.

Transforming Your School Culture: CEP’S 11 Principles of Effective Character Education Training
Build upon the renewed energy you gain from the Forum by joining CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education training. This framework is the foundation for our National Schools of Character designation. This training will enable you to take your school along the path toward becoming a National School of Character.

Rediscover the joy of inspiring young people. Learn how we work within national and state standards, while simultaneously working toward a higher and more noble calling.