National Forum

Our Annual Conference

About the Forum

Due to COVID-19, the 2020 National Forum has been postponed until March 3-5, 2021.

Our annual Forum brings together 800+ educators passionate about character. Learn about new strategies, research, and tools to bring back to your classroom and school. Connect and begin networking with school leaders who have already put into action the 11 Principles Framework. Participate in conversations with leading character-development scholars as they talk about their latest research. Discover how coaches are striving to integrate character and sportsmanship into their team culture. Find yourself in a conversation with parents striving to balance good grades and good character. Learn why employers are increasingly following the maxim “hire for character, train for skill.” Most especially, be inspired by the 84 schools receiving their National School of Character certification.

Join us!

Return home with practical ideas for
your classroom, school, and community!

Forum Speakers

Past Forum speakers include:

John Lewis, US Congress
Nicholas Kristof, New York Times
Michele Borba, author and speaker
David Brooks, New York Times
Dale Murphy, Atlanta Braves
Tameka Montgomery, US Small Business Bureau

Hotel and Travel

The 2021 National Forum will be held at the historic
Washington Marriott Wardman Park.

International Travelers
Washington, DC offers direct flight connections via
Ronald Reagan Washington National Airport and
Dulles International Airport from many international destinations.



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, and it’s also the perfect platform to share what you’ve already learned.

Select one of the exhibit options (booth or table) when registering, and complete all required information. Your space is reserved once we receive payment.

Hotel costs are not included in the registration fee, but the Wardman Park Hotel has given us their discounted group rate. Some attendees stay at other hotels, find a nearby Airbnb, and travel to the Forum site each day.

Yes. Many schools and districts use professional development funds to cover the costs associated with attending the Forum. Districts also reach out to local organizations and PTAs. Also, some attendees volunteer at the Forum and receive a discounted rate.