Special Events
Join your fellow conference attendees and build your network at this year’s special events.

Thursday October 24
School Site Visits
Thursday, October 24;  8am – Noon;  Fee: $40
Our school site visits take you into two nationally-recognized schools, Mary B. Neal Elementary School and Two Rivers Public Charter School. Learn more >>

School Safety Summit
9am – 3:30 pm; Fee: $75
Join a variety of experts and school leaders to learn best practices and
to share ideas on how best to develop safe and supportive schools. Learn more>>

International Summit
1pm - 7pm;  Fee: $100
Join with representatives from all over the globe for an open discussion
of character and ethical development at our second International Summit
on Character & Leadership–a preconference workshop. Learn more >>
Sponsored by Ernst & Young Los Angeles

Friday October 25
Promising Practices RecognitionPromising Practices Poster Session_
4:00pm – 5:15 pm; No fee for conference registrants 
CEP awards schools and districts for exemplary practices that encourage the ethical, social and academic growth of K-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.

Welcome Reception, Best Practices Poster Session & Sandy Award Presentation  
5:30pm – 6:30pm; No fee for conference registrants; Guest Fee: $50
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.

Dr. Maurice EliasThe Character Education Partnership (CEP) has chosen Dr. Maurice Elias to receive the 2013 Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education. Dr. Elias is a professor at Rutgers University. He is an internationally recognized authority on character education and social-emotional learning (SEL). Read more about Dr. Elias>>  Sponsored by Learning for Life.


No Tune Left BehindBand Performance by No Tune Left Behind
6:30pm; No fee for conference registrants
Celebrate your Friday evening with No Tune Left Behind, a character-education rock band from Peters Township School District, a 2010 National District of Character, near Pittsburgh, PA. These four teachers have been playing Character Rock for the students of McMurray Elementary, a grade 4-6 building with over 1000 students, since 2004, and are back for their second CEP appearance. They have prepared a great show for you, so enjoy this special performance of original and cover songs with an uplifting and positive message!

Tour DC – Monuments by Moonlight

7:00pm – 10:00pm; Fee: $50
Experience Washington, D.C. by moonlight and see historic national monuments and federal buildings flooded in light. Learn more >>

Saturday, October 27
American Patriot of Character Award Ceremony
8:30am – 9:30am; No fee for conference registrants
Richard Pieper, Sr.CEP’s American Patriot of Character Award will also be presented to Mr. Richard Pieper. The award recognizes citizens of great character whose leadership and service exemplify the very best of our nation’s founding principles and ideals. Mr. Pieper is currently Non-Executive Chairman of the Board of PPC Partners, Inc., headquartered in Milwaukee, and Past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership in Indianapolis. Read press release >>

National Schools of Character Award Ceremony & Luncheon
12:30pm – 2:15pm; No fee for conference registrants; Guest Fee: $65
Colegio Radians, Inc. 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 2013 National Schools of Character and learn more about these exemplary schools. Keynote speaker: Robert Franklin, Jr.