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November 29, 2012

SUBJECT:  January Character Education Conference Slated: “Developing Good Character: NO BULLIES ALLOWED”

The Keeter Center for Character Education and First PLACE! will host a Character Education Conference, entitled “Developing Good Character: NO BULLIES ALLOWED” on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 7:15 a.m.-4 p.m. at the Royal Oak Forum in The Keeter Center.  Open to educators, high school students, and community members, the conference will feature nationally-recognized character education experts Dr. Hal Urban and Dr. Philip Fitch Vincent, a panel discussion on bullying and how to deal with it and break-out sessions led by character award winning schools. 

“We welcome educators and interested community members from the region to our first Character Education Conference,” said C of O Dean of Character Education Dr. Sue Head. “Our keynote speakers and panel discussions will shed light on an issue that is often tough to handle, and attendees will leave the workshop encouraged and ready for the challenge.”

Teacher, author and speaker Dr. Urban travels the world to share his inspirational message on the attributes of good character, which he calls “old-fashioned goodness.”  Dr. Vincent brings more than 20 years of experience in education to his presentations, workshops and best-selling books, which discuss the “how” and the “why” to character education.  Dr. Urban and Dr. Vincent are recipients of the distinguished Sanford N. McDonnell Lifetime Achievement Award.

At the end of the conference, an awards ceremony will be held to recognize the best special projects/initiatives on bullying prevention and character education themes in Taney and Stone County schools. Administrators and teachers from any of the schools in these counties may request an application at 417-690-2242; applications are due Dec. 10.

The cost of the conference is $59 and includes a light breakfast buffet, full lunch buffet, all-day workshop, displays of school character education themes and ideas on how to prevent bullying, awards ceremony and a drawing for door prizes. Registration is required; the deadline to register is December 10. To register or for questions, please contact The Keeter Center for Character Education at 417-690-2212.

The Keeter Center for Character Education, a part of College of the Ozarks, provides programs and activities for the campus and community which enhance the development of good character and citizenship.  Established by College of the Ozarks, First PLACE! is a character education initiative for the public schools and communities in Stone and Taney counties, wherein partnering organizations, schools and individuals are committed to supporting this effort by visibly demonstrating specific, good character traits each month.  The character trait for December is Compassion/Kindness—caring for yourself and others.  To learn more about First PLACE! And The Keeter Center for Character Education, go to www.cofo.edu.

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