22nd National Forum on Character Education

Friday Oct 16

8am-9am 
Opening Keynote: Dale Murphy

Former All-star Atlanta Braves baseball player & Founder, I Won’t Cheat Foundation Dale Murphy is a former All-star Atlanta Brave baseball player who is also known as an “athlete who cares” and a 
“sportsman of the year” by Sports Illustrated. 

9:15am - 10:30am pm 
How to Activate Kids' Empathy 
Speaker, Michele Borba

Empathy activates conscience, curbs bullying, reduces prejudice and promotes moral courage. 

10:45am – 12pm
Common Core State Standards (CCSS0, Elementary Math and Character Education 
Speakers, Marvin Berkowitz & Mindy Bier

How do we cultivate “math positive” students? At this session, learn how educators can effectively motivate their students to be engaged in mathematics material and enjoy it too! 

1:15pm - 2:30pm 
A Caring Classroom Community 
Speaker, Hal Urban

In his presentation, Hal will draw from the chapters in his popular book, “Lessons from the Classroom; 20 Things Good Teachers Do,” that explain his strategies for bringing out the best in his students.

2:45pm - 4pm 
Creating Strong Families That Build Good Character 
Speaker, Dr. Thomas Lickona

Dr. Tom Lickona, author of Raising Good Children, will share seven ways to create close and loving families, teach respect, and guide good character in both kids and adults in the house-hold.

4:15pm - 4:45pm 
Promising Practices Recognition 
Speaker, Dr. David Keller, Director, Promising Practices Program
Celebrate with us as we honor our 2015 Promising Practices recipients. 

4:45pm – 5:00
2015 Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award
Presented this year to Edward DeRoche Director of the Character Development Center at the University of San Diego

Saturday Oct 17

8:am - 9am
Keynote: Darcia Narvaez Director, Moral Psychology Lab, University of Notre Dame & author

As director of the Moral Psychology Lab at the University of Notre Dame, Narvaez researches morality from an interdisciplinary perspective across the lifespan, including early life, childhood, and adulthood. 

9:15am – 10:30am
Leading the Character Charge; how to inspire school transformation
Speakers: Karen Geller, Julie Frugo, Dave Cittadino, Charlos Banks, Kent McGuire

Transforming a school is a group process that must involve all stakeholders. 

12noon - 1:15pm 
Schools of Character Luncheon
2015 Schools of Character Recognized
Celebrate with us as we honor our 2015 National Schools of Character. 

1:45pm - 3pm
Youth-led School-Community Partnerships
Speaker, Johnathan Cohen, President, National School Climate Center

Learn about a new community scale that can be used with any school climate survey or as a ‘stand-alone’ metric and the youth-led School-Community Partnership Process. 

3:15pm - 3:30pm 
American Patriot of Character Award
Presented to Congressman John Lewis

This award has gone to great people of distinction such as Gen. Colin Powell and Hon. Sandra Day O’Connor who strive to protect the common good, and we are thrilled to add Congressman Lewis to this cohort.

3:30pm – 4:30pm
Closing Keynote: Congressman John Lewis
Congressman John Lewis out of Atlanta will be the culminating speaker at our 2015 National Forum.
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