2022-23 Leadership Academy

2022-23 Leadership Academy


Why Select THIS Academy?



  • The Leadership Academy was designed with administrative input to ensure target outcomes are met while focusing on structures of support for today’s leaders.
  • The programming model allows for engagement with speakers, colleagues, and experts in the field.
  • The online presentation structure encourages interaction between participants and speakers.
  • Connection sessions with a Professional Learning Network support practical and personalized application. 
  • Mini-grant opportunities provide leaders with funds (up to $5000) to support implementation within their building.


Who Should Attend?

  • Preschool, elementary and secondary building, and district-level administrative leaders
  • Individual or group registrations are welcome


Academy at a Glance

  • September: Begin the journey with an asynchronous introduction viewed at your convenience
  • October-April: Engage in 6 virtual half-day sessions from 9 AM to 12 PM (CST)
  • Learn from renowned experts in the field and exchange ideas with other leaders from across the country
  • 6- hour Administrator Academy Credit pending
  • May:  Continue your journey. If you are applying for the mini-grant, assimilate material learned throughout the Academy and bring your vision to life by developing a proposal to fund a Culture of Character project in your school setting.



2022-23 Schedule


October 26, 9 am - 12 Noon

The Value of Students Experiencing Community

Clifton Taulbert

President and CEO, Freemount Corporation

In this “Call to Action” conversation, Taulbert will challenge his audience to define their ideal community and to consider the attributes needed to breathe life into their definitions. 


November 30, 9 am - 12 Noon

Servant Leadership

Melinda Bier, Ph.D.

Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Explore a model to integrate character development and social-emotional learning into today’s schools in a systemic manner, maximizing the positive impact on students’ personal lives and academic performance.


January 18, 9 AM - 12 Noon

PRIMED: Design Principles for School Improvement

Marvin Berkowitz, Ph.D.

Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship, University of Missouri-St. Louis

Administrator Academy Credit Pending

Based upon the award-winning book, PRIMED for Character Education, learn six design principles for school improvement which can be utilized as a template for the 2022-23 Leadership Academy mini-grant application.


February 8, 9 am - 12 Noon

Courageous Dialogue: Practical Wisdom for School Leaders

Karen Bohlin, Ed.D.

Director of Practical Wisdom for Agile Leaders Group

Explore the practical wisdom at the heart of courageous dialogue: what it is, why it matters and how to have them in school. We will also learn shared practices that foster virtues such as intellectual curiosity, fair-mindedness, trust, and respect for the dignity of all. 


March 1, 9am - 12 Noon

A Panel of Award-Winning Former Principals

Social, Emotional, and Character Leadership in ACTION: Voices from the Field

This session will immerse you into the practical application of social, emotional, and character best practices from the district, school, and classroom levels. 


Character Expert Panel

March 1, 2023 Panel of Character Experts: 

  • Suzanne Bright, Ed.D. President and CEO of Orca Solutions, Former Principal who led a National School of Character and was part of a National District of Character.
  • Julie Frugo, Ed.D. CEO/Superintendent of Premier Charter School (PCS)
  • Matthew J Klosterman Retired School and District Administrator. As Superintendent, Matthew led the District to National District of Character Recognition  
  • Kristen Pelster, ED.S. Programming Consultant, Center for Character and Citizenship & Senior Director of Programming, CharacterPlus
  • Julie Sperry, Ed.D. Character Focused Leadership Development Specialist, Center for Citizenship and Character; Character Plus


April 4, 9 am - 12 Noon

Navigating Digital Citizenship in a Changing World

Tom Harrison, Ph.D.

Deputy Director, Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues at the University of Birmingham, England

Exploration of a response to the key civic and moral challenges that online technologies present.



Registration Information

Early Bird - $499.00

IL ASCD Members - $550.00 

Non-Member - $599.00

Email [email protected] for group rates over three people  


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The registration deadline is October 19, 2022. A $15.00 fee will be charged for cancellations made in writing prior to the deadline. No refunds will be given after the deadline.  Confirmation will be sent via e-mail after your registration is processed. Registrations can be transferred to another individual by faxing information to 309-438-5364 or by emailing [email protected]

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