About the Forum

Entering into its 26th year, the Character.org National Forum is the largest character development conference in the world. People everywhere come together to learn best practices and understand the latest research in character development in the classroom, the office, the sports center and the home.

During the three day conference, attendees will be able to attend sessions spearheaded by some of the most well-known and leading thinkers and experts in the field of character development.

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Schedule at a Glance

Attendees of the 2019 Character.org National Forum will find plenty of activities, breakout sessions and events to enjoy during the weekend. Get a glimpse of our jam-packed schedule* and start planning your time during the Forum.

To learn more about the many optional activities offered during the Character.org National Forum, visit the Workshops, Site Visits and Tours page.

8AM — 1PM: School Site Visit (optional)

9AM — 1PM: National Evaluator Training (optional)

9AM — 1PM: Education Advisory Council Meeting (closed meeting)

9AM — 1PM: Prosocial Data Workshop (optional)

1:30PM — 4PM: National Schools of Character Summit (closed meeting)

3PM — 5PM: Early Registration/Check-in, Exhibits

6PM — 8PM: Character Awards Gala (optional)

7AM — 8AM: Registration/Check-in, Breakfast, Exhibits

8AM — 9:15AM: Welcome, Opening Keynote

9:30AM — 10:45AM: Breakout Sessions

11AM — 12:15PM: Breakout Sessions

12:15PM — 1:15PM: Lunch, Exhibits

1:15PM — 2:15PM: Afternoon Keynote & Sandy Award Recognition

2:30PM — 3:45PM: Breakout Sessions

4PM — 5:15PM: Breakout Sessions

5:15PM — 6:15PM: Welcome Reception, Poster Session, Exhibits

7PM — 10PM: Monuments by Moonlight Tour (optional)

7:30AM — 8AM: Breakfast, Exhibits

8AM — 9AM: Morning Keynote

9:15AM — 10:30AM: Breakout Sessions

10:45AM — 12PM: Breakout Sessions

12:15PM — 2PM: Regional Recognition Lunches

2:45PM — 4:45PM: 11 Principles Workshop, Part 1 (optional)

2:45PM — 4:45PM: Coordinating Member Meeting (closed meeting)

9AM — 1PM: 11 Principles Workshop, Part 2 (optional)

9AM — 1PM: Other small group meetings (informal)

* Schedule subject to change.


Attendee and exhibitor registration for the 2019 Character.org National Forum is now live!


The Forum will take place from October 24 — 27, 2019.

The 2019 Character.org National Forum will be held in Washington D.C. at the historic Marriott Wardman Park hotel. To learn more, visit the Hotel and Travel section.

Anyone with an interest in character development, particularly those in education, sports, workplaces and parents. The Forum is a great place to get started and make connections, and it’s also the perfect platform to share what you’ve already learned.

Plenty! See our special events (coming soon) listings including our 11 Principles workshop, a School of Character site visit and more.

Please stay tuned for the schedule!

All you have to do is register as an exhibitor. Be sure to read through all the details of exhibiting, and lock in your exhibit space early.

Many schools and districts use professional development funds to cover costs. They also reach out to local organizations and PTAs to raise money. Also, consider volunteering at the Forum for a discounted rate.

It does not, but we’ve secured discounted group rates at the Wardman Park Hotel. You could also find other hotels, Air B&B or other housing nearby and travel to the Forum site each day.

Unfortunately, with so many administrators registering on behalf of attendees, attendees cancelling, attendees switching registration with other individuals and session schedule changes, we’re unable to keep track of hundreds of session preferences. All sessions are open, and we encourage you to stop in our most popular speakers’ sessions in the main ballroom if others are full.

Speaker proposals are now closed for the 2019 Forum. Keep an eye out for 2020!

Hotel & Travel

The 2019 Character.org National Forum will be held at the historic Washington Marriott Wardman Park. The special rate of $199/night available until the block is sold out or the cut-off date of October 2. Click here to book your hotel.

International Travelers
Washington, DC offers direct flight connections via Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and Dulles International Airport to many international destinations, so you shouldn’t have trouble getting to or from the Forum.

All persons, including U.S. citizens, traveling by air between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Bermuda are required to present a valid passport, Air NEXUS card, or U.S. Coast Guard Merchant Mariner Document, or an Alien Registration Card, Form I-551, if applicable. International visitors who need a visa to travel to the US must apply for one at an American embassy or consulate. For more information visit travel.state.gov.

You must complete customs and immigrations formalities at the first point of arrival in the U.S.

The electricity used in Washington, DC is standard electricity, 110 volts. Appliances brought from Europe, Africa and most of Asia and Latin America will require a voltage converter.

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Contact Us

Have a question about the 2019 Character.org National Forum? Give us a call at (202) 296-7743, email us at information@character.org or simply fill out the form below.


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