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Why Should I Attend?

“Good character is more to be praised than outstanding talent. Most talents, to some extent, are a gift. Good character, by contrast, is not given to us. We have to build it piece by piece – by thought, choice, courage and determination”  – John Luther

The times, they are changing. Educators find that more and more students are coming to school in need of direction. Students need to develop self-worth, inspiration, responsibility, empathy, respect and tolerance for others, compassion and resilience. These, and many other, character traits must be taught in schools as children of the 21st century are not learning them elsewhere. These realities are verified by such tragic events as Columbine and even so close to home as Taber. And what happens when schools foster good character development and kids embrace it? – They learn better!

WCCEC will inform and inspire any and all who work with children by offering ideas, techniques and strategies for helping students better understand what constitutes good character and how to develop it. WCCEC will provide opportunities to hear from and be inspired by leaders in the field, to hear what schools are doing, to learn from teachers working in the trenches of character education and to gather ideas and new ways of doing things by networking with colleagues across Western Canada.

“You can’t teach ‘em, if you can’t reach ‘em!”