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Keys to Character

11th Annual Character Education Conference
June 17-18, 2015

Conference sponsored by the School District of South Milwaukee
In partnership with Alverno College and Wisconsin Character Education Partnership

All sessions will be held at Alverno College in the Sister Joel Read Conference Center. Maps and directions are located here.


Who should attend the conference:

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

2015 Promising Practice Award winners attend the 2-day conference free! Your registration fee will be reimbursed by WCEP.  Click here for application and guidelines


Registration will open February 1, 2015. 

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2015 Conference Early Bird Rates:

Early bird registration deadline is May 14, 2015


2- Day Conference $320 $290 each
Eleven Principles Workshop $295 Please call for group rate


Pre-conference Workshop June 16, 2015:
Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education Institute


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.


Keynote Speakers:

Dr. Michele Borba

Expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development


Dr. Philip Vincent

Speaker and author on building relationships and school civility

‌A Call for Proposals

Submit proposals electronically to by February 1, 2015, using the Breakout Session Proposal Form.


Preference will be given to proposals that:

  • Model integration of character education, socio-emotional learning, culture or climate rather than add-on or stand alone programs.
  • Provide good examples of how CEP's Eleven Principles can be lived out.  View the Eleven Principles here.
  • Clearly indicate the two or three ideas that participants will take away from the proposed session.

Note: Presentations must avoid a focus on the sale of particular products. Presenters are welcome to display and sell their products at a complimentary table in the Resource Fair. 

Please contact Julie Borgealt at 414-382-6435 or for more information on breakout session proposals or Resource Fair.


Graduate Credit Option

One graduate credit will be offered to 2-day conference participants through Alverno College at a fee of $120.  A course description and registration form will be emailed to interested parties upon request. 


Conference Hotel

The conference hotel and group rate information will be available soon.


Contact the Institute for Educational Outreach at or 414-382-6087 for more information.