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characterscotland w w w. c h a r a c t e r- s c o t l a n d . o r g . u k Conference on

Character, Culture & Values Learning • Connecting •


15th -16th June 2015 University of Glasgow


Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education. Martin Luther King, 1947

Questions • Why focus on character and values? • What is the relevance to children and young people? • What types of social structures, cultures and systems are needed to cultivate character and values? • What are young people’s views about character and values, and how can they shape learning experiences? • How does a young person’s character support their transition into work, business and/or enterprise?



Conference Information Character, Culture and Values is an international conference to be hosted by Character Scotland and partners in Glasgow on 15th and 16th June 2015. It will be the first event of its kind in Scotland, designed to explore and build on the continuing global shift towards character and values-based education. There are many ‘Questions of Character’ to explore during this event: How do we learn to be human, and why is this important? How do we empower people and communities to make the most of their strengths and values? What are the roles of young people, parents, schools, youth groups and employers in doing so, and how are their roles connected? Can these questions help to create a more inclusive, just, sustainable and compassionate world? This conference aims to provide a platform for wide-ranging and creative discussions focussing on how we can best support young people to deal with the complexities of life, learning and work in the 21st Century. Those in attendance during the event will unpick the concept of character and values education and the idea that all of us have a role to play in working out ‘who we are’ and ‘who we become’.

Conference Aims Learn how nurturing children and young people’s character - their values, skills and attributes - can empower, aid transitions and improve outcomes. Enhance connections between the people, organisations and policy agendas that are pertinent to this cause. Inspire fresh approaches by re-introducing the concept of character as a way of exploring the relationships between individuals and society

Keynote Speakers Dr Avis Glaze Dr Avis Glaze is one of Canada’s outstanding educators and a recognized international leader in education. From classroom teacher to superintendent of schools and director of education, this award-winning educator has experience at all levels of the school system. Dr. Glaze is a consummate capacity builder in teaching, Improving student achievement, leadership development and school system improvement. She is skilled at motivating and inspiring teachers, principals, system leaders, policy makers politicians, parents and business leaders to realize their potential in improving their schools. Avis’ international contributions to education was, once again, recently recognized when she received the Robert Owen Award, the first of its kind offered in Scotland, from Michael Russell MSP.

Professor Marvin Berkowitz Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz 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, and University of Missouri President’s Thomas Jefferson Professor. His scholarly focus and expertise is in character education and development and he is the founding co-editor of the Journal for Research in Character Education. Since 1999 Dr. Berkowitz has directed the Leadership Academy in Character Education in St. Louis.

Conference Schedule Day 1


Welcome Address Keynote 1 Seminar 1 Keynote 2 Seminar 2 Seminar 3 Conference Dinner

Day 2

Professor James Conroy Member of Scottish Parliament Dr Avis Glaze Education (re)design: what if schools were designed for character development? Character Education at St Joseph’s Academy Leaders of Learning: how can young people’s views shape learning experiences? Children’s Parliament: creating spaces for children’s participation and engagement inspire>aspire in Primary Schools Bishopbriggs Community Ambassadors Young People and Character: youth-led discussion Building Schools of Character: workshop outlining the BSoC programme Non-Intellectual Influences on Success Projects in the Classroom: Smile Inside; inspire>aspire; say thank you Learing to be Human: exploring ideas about the humanistic purposes of education Communities of Character: engaging & empowering communities Character & Beauty: Young Reporters for the Environment (Keep Scotland Beautiful) Character Enquiry: Gracemount High School share the results of their enquiry Character Education in Britain: findings of a UK major research project Skills, Work & Enterprise: the hard truth about ‘soft skills’


Welcome Member of Scottish Youth Parliament Keynote 3 Professor Marvin Berkowitz Seminar 4 Curriculum for Excellence through Outdoor Learning: some unintended consequences? The Trousers of Truthfulness Character Education in Craigie High School Keynote 4 Josh Littlejohn Seminar 5 Collaborating on Character: education and youth work joining forces The Radical Road to Character Building Character, STEM and the Outdoors: practical workshop (Liberton High School) Why Relationships Matter: promoting wellbeing throught the ‘Growing Confidence’ programme Assessment of Character? Why not! (SQA) Open Space A chance for conference delegates and contributors to freely discuss all conference content Address Professor James Arthur inspire>aspire awards National Awards Ceremony

Full seminar listings and information can be found on our conference website:

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15th -16th June 2015 University of Glasgow


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