Educator Summit

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Each summer, educators from across the country join Character Lab and Relay GSE to learn about character research from world-class scientists, network with like-minded professionals, and strategize new and innovative ways to infuse character development into their work.

This year’s Summit

The 2019 Educator Summit will be held July 11-12 in Philadelphia. Registration is now open!


2019 Keynote Speakers

Susan Cain
Bestselling Author, Chief Revolutionary of Quiet Revolution

Jeff Duncan-Andrade
Associate Professor of La Raza Studies and Education, San Francisco State University

Howard Fuller
Distinguished Education Professor, Marquette University

Sonja Lyubomirsky
Professor & Vice Chair of Psychology, University of California, Riverside

Allyson Mackey
Assistant Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

David Yeager
Associate Professor of Developmental Psychology, University of Texas


Watch the 1-minute overview


2018 highlights

Character Lab CEO Angela Duckworth on strategies for self-control that can help students more effectively fulfill their wishes. [7:58]

Harlem Children’s Zone president and social activist Geoffrey Canada argues that courage is an essential character strength for great educators. [4:59]

Professor Gabrielle Oettingen explains the development and science behind WOOP, a strategy to increase self-control. [11:34]

Professor Anders Ericsson outlines the key principals of how to practice effectively in order to achieve mastery. [9:50]

Professor Chris Hulleman on why it matters for students to value what they learn and how to increase perceptions of value. [11:37]


2018 Full Recordings

Character Lab CEO Angela Duckworth on strategies for self-control that can help students more effectively fulfill their wishes. [22:07]

Professor Gabrielle Oettingen explains the development and science behind WOOP, a strategy to increase self-control. [34:28]

Professor Anders Ericsson outlines the key principals of how to practice effectively in order to achieve mastery. [36:15]

Professor Chris Hulleman on why it matters for students to value what they learn and how to increase perceptions of value. [31:06]


2017 highlights

All of our speakers from the 2017 Educator Summit give their answer to the question “If there were one thing or action that you would hope all teachers could know or do, what would that one thing be?” [15:50]

Former Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. on equitable and effective ways to support children and combat the opportunity gap. [9:59]

Author and New York Times columnist David Brooks on educating fully rounded and fulfilled people. [6:58]

Professor Kirabo Jackson discusses the importance of teaching both academic skills and character strengths to students. [7:41]

Professor Greg Walton speaks on the effect of belonging on a student’s performance. [7:58]

Professor Bridget Terry Long on assisting families while they apply to colleges. [6:16]

Professor Ethan Kross on how linguistic shifts can alter how student perceive themselves and enhance personal reflection. [5:22]

Professor Matthew Kraft on teacher efficacy and workplace environment. [6:22]

Professor David Dinges on how adequate sleep is vital for the well-being of both students and teachers. [7:25]

Professor Dan Willingham on the challenges of assessing reading comprehension. [7:23]

Professor Angela Duckworth on grit and deliberate practice as ways to help students develop to their fullest potential. [7:08]

Professor Anders Ericsson joins a panel discussion with high school teacher Anthony Yom and his former student Cedrick Argueta, who earned a perfect score on the AP Calculus Exam. [6:55]


2017 full recordings

Former Secretary of Education John B. King Jr. on equitable and effective ways to support children and combat the opportunity gap. [40:38]

Author and New York Times columnist David Brooks on educating fully rounded and fulfilled people. [34:51]

Professor Greg Walton on how a sense of belonging is critical for each student as they develop academically and personally. [25:53]

Professor Angela Duckworth on grit and deliberate practice as ways to help students develop to their fullest potential. [32:01]

Professor Kirabo Jackson on teaching both academic skills and character growth to prepare students for success in life. [24:44]

Professor David Dinges on how adequate sleep is vital for the well-being of both students and teachers. [26:13]

Professor Matthew Kraft on teacher effectiveness, emphasizing the complex factors that play into a teacher’s develop over time. [19:10]

Professor Bridget Terry Long on assisting families with the college application process, particularly as a means to ensure equitable access to college education for all students. [27:36]

Professor Ethan Kross on self perception, and how these outcomes can potentially benefit students and teachers in the classroom. [28:53]

Professor Dan Willingham on supporting decoding skills as a means to enable children to become strong readers. [22:02]


2016 highlights

Professor Robert Sternberg on the importance of teaching children creative problem solving skills. [5:44]

Professor Mary Helen Immordino-Yang on the intricate relationship that exists between emotions and learning. [7:14]

Jane Golden, Founder of Mural Arts, on the power of art to impact social change and empower children to see their true potential in life. [5:52]

Professor Anders Ericsson on the importance of thoughtfully fostering grit in young children as they grow and develop in life. [6:08]

Professor Jane Gillham on the many ways in which Positive Psychology supports students’ academic growth and personal well being. [5:56]

New Yorker cartoon editor Bob Mankoff on the need for humor as one develops an imaginative outlook on life. [4:55]

Professor Angela Duckworth on grit and imagination as two key traits that will help lead students to success in life, both academically and personally. [5:22]

Professor Martin Seligman on the benefits of incorporating Positive Psychology into the classroom setting as a means to support well being among students. [4:50

Professor Susan Engel on the importance of fostering curiosity in children, particularly as it relates to their academic growth. [4:06]

Professor Martin Seligman on imagination. [17:12]

Professor Susan Engel on play and creativity. [18:04]

Professor Scott Barry Kaufman on imagination. [7:00]