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Today’s educators juggle many responsibilities. Between crowded classrooms, personalized learning plans, and a constant stream of papers that need grading, it can be hard for teachers to keep their heads above water, let alone find the time and the energy needed to form the character of their students. Meanwhile, administrators wrestle with broader pressures like standardized testing, budget crises, partisan school board debates, and school safety. 

In this pressurized environment, how can educators develop the hearts and minds of their students? Does character formation even have a place in our pluralistic school settings? These are complex questions without easy answers, but it’s clear that educators need to take seriously their calling to form students into whole people. Come along as Matthew Hoehner, D.Min., Executive Director of Christ Community Lutheran School and former Executive Director of Open Sky Education’s St. Louis region, and Ellen Bartling, Ph.D., National Director of Content and Operations for the Character Formation Project, explore principles and practices for character formation in K–12 education, including tangible outcomes for teaching virtue in the classroom.


What You'll Learn

  • Why is it important to teach students virtue as part of their education? 
  • What difference does virtue make in the classroom?
  • What is the value of character education?
  • What are some of the common obstacles educators face when it comes to cultivating the character of their students?
  • How can educators teach virtue in a pluralistic society? 
  • What does it mean to educate students as whole people? 
     
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Featured Speakers

Matthew Hoehner

Executive Director, Christ Community Lutheran School

Ellen Bartling

National Director of Content and Operations, Character Formation Project