National Forum

October 20-22, 2021

Join us October 20-22, 2021 for our Virtual Forum!


We will meet in-person again soon, but for now, let’s take this opportunity
in October to learn and grow together.

Join us for three days of learning with character development leaders, practitioners, and researchers from across the country. For this virtual conference, we're offering live keynotes and celebrations October 20-22 in addition to 20+ on-demand videos you can watch at your own pace. Set your schedule, and tune into sessions on equity in schools, character in sports, student voice, adult culture, and more.

Learn from experts in the field about the best tools and strategies to implement character development in your schools and communities.

  Several Keynote speakers to inspire you on topical issues

  A celebration of our 2021 National Schools of Character

✓  Access to over 20 on-demand video sessions (you no longer have to stress over which breakout session to attend)

  Exposure to new approaches and initiatives when we recognize schools for their 2021 Promising Practices

✓  Shared best practices and emerging strategies with like-minded individuals from across the United States and around the world

✓  Exposure to new character development programs (especially those offered by our Forum partners)

  Opportunity to ask questions and share your own experiences


Keynote Speaker Dr. Ken Ginsburg will explain how character is one of the essential building blocks of resilient kids.

Other Keynote topics include:

  • Fostering Civic Character in your Classroom and School
  • Empowering Students of all Ages to Create their Own Digital Character Portfolios
  • Ethics in the Workplace
  • Why Service Learning Matters Now: Taking Action in Challenging Times

Plus so much more!

2021 Keynote Speakers
Keynote Speakers: Ken Ginsburg, Cathryn Berger Kaye and Houston Kraft

Schedule (Subject to change)
Wednesday, October 20

10:00am: Keynote - Houston Kraft - Lunch Notes from My Mom
11:00am: Keynote - Dr. Ken GinsburgHow Parents and Families Can Develop Their Character Strengths in their Children. 
12:00pm: Lunch Break
12:30pm: Keynote - Cathryn Berger Kaye - Why Service Learning Matters Now: Taking Action in Challenging Times
1:30pm: Networking Sessions

Thursday, October 21

10:00am: Empowering Students of all Ages to Create their Own Digital Character Portfolios - Panel Discussion
11:00am: Ethics in the Workplace - Q&A
12:00pm: Lunch Break
12:30pm: Fostering Civic Character in your Classroom and School - Panel Discussion
1:30pm: Networking Sessions

Friday, October 22

10:00am: Recognizing Our Volunteers
11:00am: Promising Practices
12:30pm: Schools of Character Celebration


Registration Fees

Individual Attendee
School/Organization Groups 2-5 Attendees
School/Organization Groups 6-10 Attendees
School/Organization Groups 11+ Attendees
$119/person members should log into their account before registering to take advantage of their special pricing.



Who should attend?

Anyone with an interest in character development, including parents, school leaders, coaches and managers in the workplace. The Forum is a great place to get started and make connections.

What parts of the Forum will be live and what parts will be pre-recorded?

The Wednesday and Thursday keynotes as well as Friday celebrations will be live. The breakout sessions will be pre-recorded, and you can watch them at any time up to 60 days after the event.

What if I have a conflict and can't attend a keynote?

All Forum sessions and events will be recorded. You can watch them later on your schedule.

Will there be an opportunity to network and ask questions?

Yes, Q&A will be possible for live sessions. We have organized smaller group discussions to facilitate networking.

What if I have a question about registration?

Please contact Dean D'Ambrosi at

Recent Forum Supporters include:

COPT, Corporate Office Properties Trust

CCC Alliance

George Weiss, Say Yes to Education

David Berger Foundation

Commonwealth Foundation