The CharacterStrong
National Conference

A 2-day event focused on low-burden, high-impact tools for educators who care about school culture, social & emotional learning, and student success.

A momentary celebration with a presenter and two educators at CharacterStrong's January 2019 Educator Training

The CharacterStrong National Conference is a powerful & practical experience for any educator, counselor, or administrator. After delivering over 3,000 live Professional Development sessions and hosting over 15,000 educators at our regional conferences, we know what it takes to weave research, inspiration, and practical strategies together into a meaningful and engaging learning experience.

  • A bean-shaped logo with text that reads 'Our National Conference will have 5 things you don't want to miss'
  • Incredible Keynotes: We promise to deliver inspiration alongside practical application with talks from CharacterStrong leaders like Houston Kraft (Co-Founder), Kat Pastor (2016 National School Counselor of the Year, Director of School Supports), Dr. Clayton Cook (Chief Development Officer) and other special guests.
  • In-Depth Role-Specific Training: Specific breakouts related to your role on campus led by experts in the field related to MS & HS CharacterStrong Educators, PurposeFull People Classroom Educators, School Counselors, Building and District Administrators, Leadership Advisors, and MTSS Coordinators.
  • Research-Backed Staff Supports: Learn our signature Adult Relationship S.E.R.V.E Model that helps equip educators with tools to implement school-wide culture building practices as well as evidence-based individual habits that will improve the overall climate of your classroom and school.
  • Intentional Relationship Building: With a long background in experiential education, enjoy a conference that will have you laughing, thinking, building meaningful connections, and walking away with low-burden, high impact tools that you can implement immediately into your daily practice.
  • Fuel In The Tank: Whether you are in your first year of education or a long-time veteran, you will be reminded of your purpose for this work and be connected to other educators to give you the boost you need to do this work with passion.

What People Are Saying About the
National Conference

July 27 & 28, 2023 - Tacoma, WA

Tacoma Convention Center

USA map showing relative locations of our two National Conferences

What is included?

  • A powerful, hands-on, 2-day experience
  • Access to leading experts in the field of SEL & Implementation
  • A chance to network with other CharacterStrong schools and champions
  • Powerful keynotes and breakout sessions that bring the WHY and HOW together
  • A clear roadmap for the upcoming school year
  • Appetizers on Day 1, Breakfast & Lunch on Day 2

What's My

Early Bird Pricing for Tacoma Conference until 7/24/2023

Note: For groups of 20 or more, please contact us at [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

Some Wonderful Educators at CharacterStrong's In-Person National Conference 2018

When is it?

July 27 & 28, 2023 :
Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Convention Center

Day 1 will run from 2pm to 6pm. Day 2 will run from 9am to 5pm (local times).

A Small Group Activity at CharacterStrong's In-Person National Conference 2018

How will it work?

Educators can register individually or come as a team. The most effective experience is when a school sends a team for each of the various conference role tracks.

A Small Group Activity at CharacterStrong's In-Person National Conference 2018
A Large Group Activity at CharacterStrong's In-Person National Conference 2018

Do I need to use CharacterStrong curricula to attend?

No! This conference is available to all educators. However, there will be intentionally specific tracks for CharacterStrong users to support more effective implementation.