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All educators begin their careers with a passion to positively impact young people. This idealistic belief can become as much of a reality in your school as it has for 44 National Schools of Character (NSOC), all of whom will convene at Hyatt Regency San Francisco from Oct. 19-22 to share strategies and best practices that have helped them positively transform their schools. The forum will focus on building ethical communities, with topics like bullying prevention, the guiding core principles of effective character education, promoting academic integrity, and methods to help develop good global citizens. With more than 70 breakout sessions ranging from comprehensive mentoring approaches to using social media to earning grants, attendees will surely find sessions that relate to their district’s needs. “From renowned researchers to classroom practitioners, this forum is sure to have something for everyone. We’re really excited to have such qualified experts presenting this year,” says Rebecca Sipos, communication director for CEP and forum planner. Among the noted scholastic experts who will present at the conference are educational psychologist and author Dr. Michele Borba, executive director of the National School Boards Association Dr. Anne Bryant, and educator, author, and researcher Dr. Jason Ohler. They will host an anti-bullying panel sure to give practical advice for educators to use right now. Attendees will also have access to on-site consulting by CEP representatives and limitless techniques sure to bolster student achievement. CEP non-members pay $540, members pay $490, and students pay $225 for this event. However, CEP is pleased to offer full and partial scholarships to attend. This forum provides tools to improve school communities at little-to-no cost. Scholarships can also be used for Pre-Forum workshops and trainings. Scholarships for California educators The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has generously donated a scholarship fund to provide registration to administrators, teachers, and youth workers from seven Bay Area counties. These counties include: San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, Sonoma, and San Mateo. Please indicate which county you are from in your scholarship application letter. To apply for a scholarship, please contact Rebecca Sipos at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information about the forum, other money-saving opportunities, or the Character Education Partnership, please visit www.character.org.