Amazing People

Network with like-minded professionals to exchange information

Expert Talks

Gain new insight about character research from respected world-class scientists

Applicable Workshops
Practice new and innovative ways to infuse character development into your work


The Educator Summit is an annual event, hosted by Character Lab and Relay GSE, designed to give teachers the knowledge and skills they need to help all students develop character.

It features keynote speeches and more intimate workshops with the scientists and educators who champion this work.

Taken together, the Summit is a unique chance to learn about character research from world-class scientists, network with peers, and practice new ways of infusing classrooms with character.

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  • Susan Cain
  • Jeff Duncan-Andrade
  • Howard Fuller
  • Sonja Lyubomirsky
  • Allyson Mackey
  • David Yeager


Check In/Breakfast8:00 am

Opening9:00 am

Keynote: Susan Cain9:15 am

Keynote: Sonja Lyubomirsky10:00 am

Workshop10:45 am

Lunch12:30 pm

Keynote: David Yeager1:45 pm

Keynote: Jeff Duncan-Andrade2:15 pm

Workshop3:30 pm

Reception5:15 pm

Breakfast8:00 am

Opening9:00 am

Keynote: Howard Fuller9:15 am

Keynote: Allyson Mackey10:00 am

Workshop10:45 am

Closing12:30 pm



The 2019 Educator Summit is being held at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel.  We have secured an exclusive group rate of $169 per night. Book a room by June 19th in order to take advantage of this group rate.

By Car

Take I-95 South to Exit 22. Proceed on Highway 676-W to the Broad St Exit. This will take you to 15th St. Continue 0.5 blocks to Spring St & turn right. Proceed 1 block & turn right onto 16th St. The hotel is 0.25 blocks further on the left.

By Plane

The closest international airport is the Philadelphia International Airport (PHL), which is is located approximately 8 miles from the hotel. This hotel does not provide shuttle service. The estimated taxi fare: 25 USD (one way).

By Train

The closest stop to the Hotel is the Race-Vine subway station. This station is served by the Broad Street Line on the SEPTA. It is only 0.5 miles NE from the Hotel. The fare zone associated with this station is the Base Transit Fare.


We welcome anyone interested in character development! Content at the Educator Summit is tailored for K-12 educators and school leaders. However, we’ve had researchers, higher education faculty, and education non-profit staff join us in the past.

Expect amazing keynotes by Susan Cain, Jeff Duncan-Andrade, Howard Fuller, Sonja Lyubomirsky, Allyson Mackey, and David Yeager, and three hands-on workshops of your choice that will prepare you to implement character development in your classroom.

We are committed to making the Educator Summit affordable for our attendees. The current registration fee is $250 and will increase on April 30th to $350. Registration includes breakfast, lunch and a cocktail reception on Thursday, along with breakfast on Friday. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated.

Registration for the 2019 Educator Summit will open on Monday, January 14, at 9am EST. Reserving your spot for the 2019 Educator Summit is on a first come, first serve basis. The number of spots at the Summit is limited by the venue's capacity, so we highly recommend that you register as early as possible.

Yes, we offer scholarships to cover the cost of the registration fee. To apply for a scholarship, please fill out the registration form and select “yes” to the question “Would you like to apply for a scholarship to cover the cost of Educator Summit?” If you receive the scholarship, we will reimburse you the event registration fee. Applicants will be notified of scholarship decisions by Wednesday, May 1st.

If you cannot commit to paying a registration fee, please follow the "pay by check” option. When our team follows up with an invoice, you can let us know that you have applied to receive a scholarship.

Over the years, we’ve had keynotes from amazing speakers such as: 

David Brooks, New York Times Columnist

Geoffrey Canada, President, Harlem Children’s Zone
Angela Duckworth, Founder & CEO, Character Lab
Dan Heath, New York Times Bestselling Author

John B. King Jr., President and CEO, The Education Trust, 10th United States Secretary of Education

We have our program complete for the 2019 Educator Summit, but if you’d like to join us as a speaker or workshop presenter for the 2020 Educator Summit, please fill out this form and our team will get back to you if we are interested in having you.

Character Lab Research Network Convening Sessions are for school partners who are part of the Character Lab Research Network (CLRN). During these sessions, school partners will dig into the latest science currently being conducted on the network and learn how to interpret and communicate findings with stakeholders. This is also an opportunity to connect with one another to share best practices. Participants will walk away ready to facilitate and improve CLRN activities at their schools. These sessions are by previous invitation only.

CLRN school partners will receive registration and travel instructions directly from Character Lab.

Character Lab is a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. There is now overwhelming scientific evidence that character strengths are as important as are IQ and socioeconomic status to academic achievement and well-being.

Although character strengths are known to be malleable, surprisingly little is known about how to cultivate them intentionally. To help teachers do that, Character Lab facilitates better research and creates proven teacher resources, called Playbooks. Co-designed by educators, designers, and scientists, Playbooks bridge scientific research and daily classroom practice so that teachers can help today's—and tomorrow's—students.

The Relay Graduate School of Education is a nonprofit institution of higher education with the mission to teach teachers and school leaders to develop in all students the academic skills and strength of character needed to succeed in college and life.

Academics are important, but they represent only one dimension of a child’s development. We encourage teachers and principals to adopt a strong focus on personal character strengths that will help their students grow up to be happy, responsible citizens who show grit, love, integrity, and respect for others.

At Relay, we give students unparalleled opportunities not only to learn the techniques that will make them more effective but also to practice with faculty and peers. The feedback they receive helps them refine their practice until they’re ready to perform with confidence in the classroom.

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2018 Highlights

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

Harlem Children's Zone president and social activist Geoffrey Canada argues that courage is an essential character strength for great educators.

Professor Gabrielle Oettingen explains the development and science behind WOOP, a strategy to increase self-control

Professor Anders Ericsson outlines the key principals of how to practice effectively in order to achieve mastery.

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