Life Compass

KPCEL Convenings at BU

Montrose School LifeCompass Institute, in partnership with Boston University's Center for Character & Social Responsibility, is honored to host the Kern Family Foundation Partners in Character and Educational Leadership (KPCEL).
With the generous support of the Kern Family Foundation, in June 2019 the LifeCompass Institute and Boston University hosted the first of three powerful conversations with representatives of educational leadership programs from around the country.  

June 11-12, 2020: Reporting on Best Practices & Next Steps

June 11-12, 2020 PROGRAM: KPCEL Virtual Convening: Reporting on Best Practices & Next Steps

KPCEL Podcast: "The Sweet Spot: Where Social and Emotional Learning, Civics and Character Education Meet" -- featuring expert guests Louise Dubé (Executive Director of iCivics) and Marc Brackett (Founding Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence) as well as KPCEL faculty members: Hardin Coleman, Karen Bohlin, Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, Deborah Farmer Kris

Thursday, June 11, 2020

12:00-1:00PM  Independent podcast listening

1:00-2:00 PM  Ryan Symposium Roundtable Discussion:  “The Sweet Spot: Where Social and Emotional Learning, Civics and Character Education Meet” followed by remarks by Thomas Lickona, Ph.D., founding director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs 

2:15-3:30 PM  Session 1:  Sharing, Scaling, and Sustaining Character Education: What We’ve Learned

Friday, June 12, 2020 

1:30-2:45 PM  Session 2:  Sharing, Scaling, and Sustaining Character Education: Next Steps and Opportunities

3:15-4:15 PM  Closing Plenary: Reflections on the Impact of Leadership in Character Education (featuring remarks from Beth Purvis, Kern Family Foundation, and from a rising high school senior)

Presenters include:
  • Karen E. Bohlin, Head of Montrose School, Director of the LifeCompass Institute for Character & Leadership, Senior Scholar at Boston University’s Center for Character & Social Responsibility
  • Hardin Coleman, Professor, Dean Emeritus & Director at Boston University’s Center for Character & Social Responsibility
  • Deborah Farmer Kris, Montrose School LifeCompass Institute Associate Director, PBS and NPR Contributor
  • Thomas Lickona, Ph.D.,  a developmental psychologist, professor of education emeritus, and founding director of the Center for the 4th and 5th Rs (Respect and Responsibility) at the State University of New York at Cortland, where he has done national award-winning work in teacher and parent education. 
  • Ariel Tichnor-Wagner, Lecturer in the Boston University Wheelock College of Education & Human Development

The Big Picture

This exploration of program transformation includes virtual meetings and technical assistance between convenings to support each team’s design and implementation. Over the course of 18 months participants will:

  • Gain a deep understanding of and effective integration of character education and assessment in educational leadership programs;

  • Receive access to resources, research and models of excellence in character education and school leadership;

  • Develop programs, practices, and/or protocols to implement in their educational leadership programs; and

  • Contribute to a report on promising practices for integrating character education and assessment into ed leadership programs.

For more information, contact Edith Ortiz, Convening Coordinator.