10th Anniversary Forum and Reception


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Come Celebrate

A Decade of Empowering Education

The Center for Character and Citizenship
Invites you to the
10th Anniversary
Forum and Reception

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, from 1  6:30 p.m.

University of Missouri-St. Louis Campus 63121-4400

Forum 1 – 5 p.m.
Millennium Student Center (MSC) - Century Room (3rd Floor)
Snacks and beverages will be served.


Reception 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Blanche M. Touhill Performing Arts Center - Grand Terrace Lobby
Enjoy appetizers and a celebratory toast.

Forum Program

  • Keynote Address by Richard Weissbourd, Harvard University, 1 p.m.
  • Breakout Sessions: Best Practices in Character and Citizenship Education, 2:30 p.m.
         Escalating Empathy through Class Meetings  
         Education for Democracy:  The Citizenship Education Clearing House (CECH)
              Sandra Diamond
              Wolfgang Althof
         Seeing Contemporary Issues Through an Ethical Lens:  Panel Discussion
              Keith Miller
              Wally Siewert
              Matthew Keefer
              Phillip Boyd, J.D. (Moderator)
  • Featured Address by Marvin W. Berkowitz, University of Missouri-St. Louis, 4 p.m.

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Responses earlier than September 20th will be appreciated.

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Parking at the MSC Garage North
Hwy 70, Exit 240 – University Blvd. to Grobman Dr.

Forum Leaders

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Richard Weissbourd

Richard Weissbourd is the forum’s keynote speaker. Dr. Weissbourd is currently at Harvard Graduate School of Education and at the Kennedy School of Government. His work focuses on vulnerability and resilience in childhood, the achievement gap, moral development, and effective schools and services for children. He is currently conducting research on how older adults can better mentor young adults and teenagers in developing ethical, mature romantic relationships. He is the author of The Vulnerable Child: What Really Hurts America’s Children and What We Can Do About It (Addison-Wesley, 1996), named by the American School Board Journal as one of the top 10 education books of all time. His most recent book, The Parents We Mean to Be: How Well-Intentioned Adults Undermine Children's Moral and Emotional Development (Houghton Mifflin, 2009), was named by The New Yorker as one of the top 24 books of 2009.

Center for Character & Citizenship Co-Directors

Marvin W. Berkowitz is a featured speaker at the forum. Dr. Berkowitz is the Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education at UMSL. Dr. Berkowitz is a frequent speaker and workshop presenter in the field of character education. Dr. Berkowitz is author of You Can’t Teach Through a Rat: And Other Epiphanies for Educators (2012) and Parenting for Good (2005).

Wolfgang Althof is the Teresa M. Fischer Professor of Citizenship Education at UMSL. Dr. Althof will host one of several best practice breakout sessions. Dr. Althof serves as the Executive Director of the Citizenship Education Clearing House (CECH). His focus has been on moral/character development and citizenship/democracy education in school-wide programs called "Just and Caring School Communities" and on their contribution to positive youth development as well as school and staff development. Dr. Althof is the current President of the Association for Moral Education (AME).

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