When: June 1–5, 2015
Where: UMSL, J.C. Penney Conference Center

About | Faculty | Registration | Credit Option

This five-day Institute provides an intensive overview of character education. It is designed for teachers and other educators from schools that are committed to fostering character development in students, ranging from preschool to high school.

Ideally, this Institute should be attended by teams of educators that will be instrumental in shepherding the character education initiative in their facility. The Institute also is appropriate for individual educators who are interested in learning more about effective, quality character education.

The emphasis of the Institute will be on:
  • defining quality character education
  • understanding how character education works most effectively 
  • exploring methods and resources
Participants will be expected to:
  • complete all assigned readings
  • draft implementation plans 
  • for work settings 
  • attend all class sessions
  • participate in all class activities
The Institute will feature:
  • lectures
  • group discussions 
  • peer sharing 
  • resource materials 
  • virtual tour of electronic resources

Faculty Profile

Marvin Berkowitz

Marvin W. Berkowitz, PhD, is the inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education and co-director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri–St. Louis. His research interests are character education moral development, leadership, and school reform. He is author of You Can't Teach Through a Rat: And Other Epiphanies for Educators (2012) and Parenting for Good (2005) and more than 100 book chapters, monographs, and journal articles. He is co-editor of the Journal for Research in Character Education. He was awarded the career achievement award from the Character Education Partnership (2006) and the Association for Moral Education (2013).

Amy Johnston

Amy Johnston spent 31 years in the field of education and earned master's degrees in both Education Administration and Counseling. She taught high school, served as a middle school counselor, and spent the last 17 years in administration at Francis Howell Middle School. Her efforts have earned her the St. Louis Area Middle School Principal of the Year and the Dean's Award for Excellence in Character Education. In 2007, her school was named a Missouri School of Character, and in 2008, Francis Howell Middle School was named as one of the National Schools of Character. Johnston now serves as a consultant to the UMSL College of Education, CHARACTERplus, and the Character Education Partnership while pursuing her EdD at UMSL.


Register Online | If registering for three or more from the same school, mail or fax the completed Summer Institute in Character Education Registration Form or call (314) 516-7454.

  • $199 per person or $180 per person for three or more from the same school registering together
  • Fee includes refreshments; lunch is on your own.
  • Registration Deadline: May 8, 2015
  • Enrollment is limited. To ensure your place in the program and to help us accommodate you, we ask that you register as early as possible. Please call (314) 516–7454 if you do not receive a confirmation letter before the conference.

Cancellation Policy:

The University reserves the right to cancel any program. In the event of cancellation, you will be notified immediately, and all program fees will be refunded or applied to a future program at your request. If you must cancel a registration, please call (314) 516–7454.

Credit Option

Participants have the option to attend the Institute and receive two or three graduate credit hours. Participants taking the Institute for credit will pay UMSL credit fees. Please call (314) 516-5656 for fee information and credit course application. 

For two graduate credit hours:

  • Do all assigned readings.
  • Attend all five class sessions. 
  • Participate in all class activities. 
  • Prepare a paper reflecting on class readings and other materials describing critically how they can potentially have an impact on your place of employment. 
For three graduate credit hours:
  • Do all assigned readings.
  • Attend all five class sessions. 
  • Participate in all class activities. 
  • Attend the entire 21st Annual Character Ed Conference on June 16-17, 2015, at the St. Charles Convention Center, St. Louis, MO 63303. Conference Registration is the responsibility of the participant. Visit http://www.characterplus.org for more information about the conference.
  • Write a paper critically analyzing Institute materials and presentations at the conference and how they apply to your place of employment.

Participants taking the Institute for credit will pay UMSL credit fees. Please call (314) 516-5656 for fee information and credit course application.