Special Events
2014 Forum

Friday, October 31

Justice Sandra Day O'ConnorAmerican Patriot of Character Award
8:45am – 9:00am
The American Patriot of Character Award recognizes citizens of great character whose leadership and service exemplify the very best of our nation’s founding principles and ideals. The 2014 winner is Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Sandra Day O’Connor is a retired United States Supreme Court justice. She served as an Associate Justice from her appointment in 1981 by Ronald Reagan until her retirement from the Court in 2006. She was the first woman to be appointed to the Court.


Authors Panel Authors Panel
12:15pm – 1:30pm
Nationally acclaimed authors talk about the stories they write to foster empathy & perspective in youth. Open to all conference participants, this special luncheon session will give you the opportunity to hear our featured authors’ personal stories behind the stories they write. You’ll also find out how their books are being used to generate thoughtful discussions in the classroom about tough social-emotional issues kids face in their everyday world. The discussion will be followed by a Q&A session with the audience. The Authors Panel will be moderated by Dr. Michele Borba, TODAY show parenting contributor, child expert & bestselling author. Meet the authors >>


Promising Practices Recognition
4:00pm – 4:30pm
CEP awards schools and districts for exemplary practices that encourage the ethical, social and academic growth of PreK-12 students. Winning practices include creative ways to help students give back to their schools and communities, raise academic expectations and achievement, decrease bullying, increase tolerance and solve conflicts peacefully.Come celebrate with the 2014 Promising Practices recipients as they receive their awards.


Reception and Poster Session webWelcome Reception, Poster Session, Authors Signing, & Meet the Board
4:45pm – 6pm
Join us for hors d’oeuvres and networking as you connect with friends, speakers, and special guests and discover new products, services, and other resources from our exhibitors. The Best Practices Poster Session is a wonderful opportunity to learn unique, concrete ideas for character education in your school.

Saturday, Nov 1

Kristie FinkSanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education
8:45am – 9:15am
Each year, the Character Education Partnership (CEP) honors one individual for his or her long and steadfast commitment to the field of character education. The Character Education Partnership (CEP) has chosen Kristin Danielson Fink, a national voice in gaining support for character education and current Utah State University faculty member, to receive the 2014 Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education. The Sanford N. McDonnell Award is named in honor of Sanford N. McDonnell, Chairman Emeritus of the McDonnell Douglas Corporation and CEP.  More >>


Mary B. Neal Elementary SchoolNational Schools of Character Awards and Luncheon
12:30pm – 2:00 pm; Guest Fee – $65; Free for conference registrants.
CEP’s National Schools of Character program shapes a path to school improvement. Schools of Character implement CEP’s 11 Principles of Effective Character Education to an impressive degree and are models of holistic character education. Join us to celebrate the 2014 National Schools of Character and learn more about these exemplary schools.


Nicholas D. KristofNicholas Kristof Book Signing
Pre-keynote book signing: 3:30pm – 4:00pm | Exhibit Hall
Post-keynote book signing: 5:00pm – 6:00pm | Exhibit Hall

“A Path Appears: Transforming Lives, Creating Opportunity.” Nicholas Kristof’s new book with wife Sheryl WuDunn. The book offers concrete advice on how to help others most responsibly and effectively. Be sure to get a copy of Nicholas Kristof’s new book signed before the end of the Forum Saturday evening.

Call to Character Gala
6:30- 9:30 pm

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The Forum will conclude with our inaugural Call to Character gala, a networking opportunity for professionals interested in discussing this important issue in the classroom, workplace, and beyond. With a keynote from former Michigan Governor John Engler, enjoy a fun evening as we discuss issues of character beyond the classroom. Tickets to the gala are 50% off for Forum attendees and function as tax-deductible donations to the Schools of Character program.