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Character Conference

Alverno College

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Sponsored by:  The School District of South Milwaukee in partnership with Alverno College and Wisconsin Character Education Partnership (WCEP)


2017 Character Education Conference
June 20, 2017

Conference participants will have the opportunity to explore the important role that character education and social emotional learning play in improving school culture and academic achievement. Through keynote presentations, breakout sessions and the resource fair, participants will interact with like-minded colleagues to share and learn strategies on how to engage their students and help them develop into ethical citizens.

All sessions will be held at Alverno College, Milwaukee, WI
Maps and directions are located here.

To register click: REGISTRATION FORM


Who should attend the conference:

  • Teachers                                     
  • Coaches                                         
  • Administrators                       
  • School Board Members                                      
  • School Counselors               
  • Parents                                                              
  • Community Leaders           
  • Pupil Services Professionals                       
  • PBIS/RtI Coordinators

  2017 Early Bird Conference Rates (through May 31st):

  Individual   Group
1- Day Conference $179   $149 each
Pre-Conference $75   $75 each
Eleven Principles Workshop
(Training sourcebook included)
$295   $149 - $179
  Please call for group rate

Proposed Conference Agenda:
8:00-8:30 am              Registration/Breakfast
8:30-10:00 am            Welcome/Keynote by Thomas R Hoerr, PhD
10:15-11:30 am          Concurrent Session 1
11:30-12:00 pm          Lunch/Resource Fair
12:00-1:00 pm            Lunch Presentation by LeRoy Butler
1:15-2:30 pm              Concurrent Session 2
2:45-4:00 pm              Concurrent Session 3

 Opening Keynote June 20, 2017            

 Thomas R Hoerr photo   Thomas R Hoerr, PhD

Thomas R. Hoerr retired after leading the New City School in St. Louis, Missouri, for 34 years and is now the Emeritus Head of School. He teaches at the University of Missouri-St. Louis and holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis.   Dr. Hoerr has written four books and more than 100 articles, including "The Principal Connection" column in Educational Leadership magazine, and is an enthusiastic but poor basketball player. In his latest book, The Formative Five: Fostering Grit, Empathy, and Other Success Skills Every Student Needs, Dr. Hoerr shows educators how to foster the skills that today's students need: empathy, self-control, integrity, embracing diversity, and grit.

Lunch Speaker June 20, 2017

 LeRoy Butler photo   LeRoy Butler

 LeRoy Butler, Green Bay Packers Hall of Famer and Community Activist, through his "Butler vs. Bullying" campaign, is taking a grass roots approach by striving to bring professionals, teachers, parents/families together to discuss, in an open microphone format, the social problems that derive from bullying. Over the past year, LeRoy has traveled to schools and churches throughout Wisconsin to sit down with people who are recipients of bullying tactics and those that have performed behaviors of a bullying nature. His approach has been to bring awareness to the problem, to have an open environment to discuss the problems at hand, and to find resolution that is positive moving forward. 


Breakout Sessions

Participants can choose up to three breakout sessions from more numerous offerings featuring national and local experts on character education. Breakout sessions will be identified for educational levels:  Elementary, Middle, High School and Administrative Leadership. Breakout session topics and schedule will be available in March, 2017.

Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education Institute Workshop
June 19, 2017  9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

CEP’s Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education training is customized to help school teams learn how to move the character education initiative forward in their schools and identify major areas for planning. The program's principles create a framework that incorporates all aspects of school programming with a focus on embedding character education throughout the curriculum and culture of the school.  This training encourages  teams to reflect on the needs of their individual schools as they relate to the Eleven Principles Framework.  It is beneficial for schools that are just getting started as well as for schools that are looking to enhance existing programs.  Optimal growth and planning result when school teams, including the building principal, work together throughout the day.  School teams often include the character education committee and/or teacher-leaders from across grade levels and curricular areas.  This training will provide a solid foundation for your conference experience.


WCEP Awards Dinner, June 19, 2017, Reception/Dinner 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
State School of Character and Promising Practice Awards Presentation

Please join us for a reception and dinner to recognize the 2017 State School of Character and Promising Practice winners. 

Past Award Recipients

2016 Wisconsin State Schools of Character:
Meyer Middle School - River Falls
Brown Deer Middle High School - Brown Deer
Pleasant Prairie Elementary School - Pleasant Prairie
Honorable Mention:  Greenwood Elementary - River Falls
Emerging: Westlawn Elementary School - Cedarburg

2016 Promising Practice Award Winners
Amherst Middle School
Capitol West Academy
Rockfield Elementary School                      
School District of South Milwaukee
St. Monica School                                       
Westside Elementary School
West Milwaukee Intermediate School        
Youth Initiative High School

Sponsorships & Resource Fair

For more information on sponsorship opportunities or the resource fair please contact Julie Borgealt at 414-382-6435 or

Graduate Credit Option

One graduate credit will be offered to 1-day conference participants through Alverno College at a fee of $130.  Click here to see Course Information and registration form

Conference Hotel

A block of rooms have been reserved at the Hampton Inn and Suites Franlin. The room block expires on 05/26/17. To book a reservation use group code:  Alverno Character Education Conference or CEC.

  • Call hotel directly at 414-427-4800, press 0 to be connected to Hampton Inn & Suites Milwaukee/Franklin front desk. Give receptionist your group code/event name .  Do not press 1 (this will connect you to a general 1-800 Hilton Reservation System).
  • Log onto Hampton Inn reservations enter Dates, click on “More Options” and/or “Add Special Rate Code”, type your Group Code into the Group Code Box. Choose your room type and reserve. 


For General Conference Information:

Please contact the Institute for Educational Outreach at or 414-382-6087.


Conference sponsored by:
The School District of South Milwaukee South Milwaukee School District logo
In partnership with Alverno College and WCEP Logo


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