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.

$350 Ticket Price

Ticket price will increase to $450 on Feb 15th.







The 2020 Educator Summit is being held at the Philadelphia 201 Hotel.  We have secured an exclusive group rate of $179 per night. Book a room by June 30th 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.



Check out session materials from the 2019 Educator Summit!

Jeff Duncan-Andrade speaks at the 2019 Educator Summit.

Sonja Lyubomirsky speaks at the 2019 Educator Summit.

David France speaks at the 2019 Educator Summit.

Allyson Mackey speaks at the 2019 Educator Summit.

David Yeager speaks at the 2019 Educator Summit.

Howard Fuller speaks at the 2019 Educator Summit.

Susan Cain speaks at the 2019 Educator Summit.


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

Harlem Children’s Zone president & 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.


Who should attend?
What should I expect?
How much does it cost?
Are meals provided?
When is the deadline to register?
Do you offer scholarships?
Do you offer refunds?
Who has delivered keynote speeches at Educator Summit in the past?
How can I lead a workshop or speak at Educator Summit?
How can I become an exhibitor at Educator Summit?
What are some tips for 1st timers?
What is the Character Lab Research Network Convening?
What is Character Lab?
What is Relay GSE?
Who should I reach out to with additional questions?
Who should attend?

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.

What should I expect?

Expect amazing keynotes and three hands-on workshops of your choice that will prepare you to implement character development in your classroom.

How much does it cost?

We are committed to making the Educator Summit affordable for our attendees. The current registration fee is $350.

Are meals provided?

Registration includes breakfast, lunch and a cocktail reception on Thursday, along with breakfast on Friday. Dietary restrictions will be accommodated.

When is the deadline to register?

Reserving your spot for the 2020 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.

Do you offer scholarships?

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?”

Scholarships are accepted on a rolling basis so early application is encouraged. If you receive the scholarship, we will reimburse you the event registration fee. Applicants will be notified of scholarship decisions no later than by Friday, May 15, 2020.

Do you offer refunds?

Educator Summit Refund Policy

  1. If a registrant is unable to attend Educator Summit for any reason, they may substitute, by arrangement with the registrar (
  2. If a registrant is unable to attend, and providing the conference registrar ( is informed in writing by July 1, 2020, the fee will be refunded to the participant.
  3. Where the registrant is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person, and does not notify the conference registrar in writing by July 1, 2020, the registration fee will not be refunded but may be applied to the 2021 Educator Summit.
Who has delivered keynote speeches at Educator Summit in the past?

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

How can I lead a workshop or speak at Educator Summit?

If you’d like to join us as a speaker or workshop presenter for the 2020 Educator Summit, please email us at

How can I become an exhibitor at Educator Summit?

If you’d like to join us as an exhibitor for the 2020 Educator Summit, please email us at

What are some tips for 1st timers?

First timers, welcome to the Educator Summit! We are so excited to have you with us.

This list compiles advice from former participants of things you can DO to have the best experience with us at #EdSummit2020!

DO use the app to navigate the summit.
DO check in early (you get first dibs on SWAG!)
DO arrive on time to all your sessions
DO wear your name tag
DO bring business cards and look to exchange
DO wear layers as the room temperature can fluctuate
DO sit down at meals in an open seat and introduce yourself to the people at the table
DO talk to new people
DO eat lunch with an affinity group
DO participate in hands-on workshops and practice with other educators
DO hydrate and caffeine-ate constantly

What is the Character Lab Research Network Convening?

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.

What is 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.

What is Relay GSE?

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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