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Pre-Conference Workshops

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

Character.org’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.

One graduate credit will be offered to  Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education Institute Workshop participants through Alverno College at a fee of $130. Click here to see Course Information and registration form.

Pre-conference Workshop: Mindfulness in an Active Classroom
June 19, 2017 
1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

More and more we hear that mindfulness practices can lower stress levels in people of all ages.  In this interactive workshop, learn how mindfulness supports teaching and learning in diverse settings, what current research suggests about strong practice and how developing mindfulness practices for teachers and students can create/maintain a positive climate and culture in the classroom. Educators from local schools will share their practices, challenges and successes with mindfulness. Using the Tree of Contemplative Practices framework, you will explore various methods for implementing mindfulness in the classroom.