USD: Character Matter Conference

The Character Development Center (CDC) at the SOLES Department of Learning and Teaching presents -- Character Matters: 2014 Character Education Conference

The CDC staff is pleased to present the 2014 West Coast Character Education Conference. The conference will include several guest speakers and workshop presenters over a series of two days at the University of San Diego. Character Matters because relationships matter, social skills matter, emotional control matters, and civility matters.

WHAT: Eighteenth Annual 2014 Character Education Conference

WHEN: Thursday, June 26 and Friday, June 27, 2014
8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

WHERE: Mother Rosalie Hill Hall
University of San Diego
5998 Alcalá Park, San Diego, CA 92110


  • Cindy Marten—Superintendent of Schools, San Diego Unified School District
  • Helen Griffith—Executive Director of e3 Civic High School in San Diego
  • Stuart R. Grauer—President/Head of School at The Grauer School in Encinitas
  • Barbara Gruener—Counselor and Character Coach for Westood-Bales School in Texas (2009 National School of Character)


  • Paige Lilley Schulte, Associate Professor at Southeastern Louisiana University—Crash Course in Cooperation
  • Paty Meacham, CDC Assistant and USD-PCE Character Education Instructor—Local Museums as a Character Education Instructional Resource
  • Barbara Gruener, Counselor and Character Coach—Character is our Super Power
  • Christina Wright, Film Studies Instructor and Character Education Specialist—Reel Character Education: Using Films to Teach Character Values
  • Serena Pariser, 2008-2009 Teacher of the Year and Grade 8 English Teacher at Gompers Preparatory Academy—Character Matters at Gompers Preparatory Academy

REGISTRATION: $200 per individual
$125 per individual for schools sending two (2) or more educators
$75 for students with ID (non-credit)
Includes: Morning snacks, lunch, and many character education resources.

(619) 260-2250

Please register online.

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About the University of San Diego

The University of San Diego sets the standard for an engaged, contemporary Catholic university where innovative Changemakers confront humanity’s urgent challenges. With more than 8,000 students from 75 countries and 44 states, USD is the youngest independent institution on the U.S. News & World Report list of top 100 universities in the United States. USD’s eight academic divisions include the College of Arts and Sciences, the School of Business, the Shiley-Marcos School of Engineering, the School of Law, the School of Leadership and Education Sciences, the Hahn School of Nursing and Health Science, the Joan B. Kroc School of Peace Studies, and the Division of Professional and Continuing Education. USD recently concluded our successful $317M Leading Change: The Campaign for USD, which represented the most ambitious fundraising effort in the history of the university. In September 2016, USD introduced Envisioning 2024, a strategic plan that capitalizes on the university’s recent progress and aligns new strategic goals with current strengths to help shape a vision for the future as the university looks ahead to its 75th anniversary in the year 2024.


Denise Ward
(619) 260-4659