The CharacterStrong
National Conference

A 2-day event focused on low-burden, high-impact tools for educators who care about school culture, social & emotional learning, and student success.

July 28th - 29th, 2023 - Tacoma, WA

This is the

The CharacterStrong National Conference is a powerful & practical experience for any educator, counselor, or administrator. After delivering over 3,000 live Professional Development sessions and hosting over 25,000 educators at our regional conferences, we know what it takes to weave research, inspiration, and practical strategies together into a meaningful and engaging learning experience.

PRE-CON: Thursday, July 27th | 12:30pm - 3:30pm

CONFERENCE: Friday - Saturday, July 28th - 29th

LOCATION: Tacoma Convention Center  | Tacoma, WA

Thursday, July 26th
12:30pm - 3:30pm

Friday - Saturday, July 27th - 28th

Tacoma Convention Center
Tacoma, WA

What is included?

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  • Access to leading experts in the field of School Culture, Social Emotional Learning, School Leadership, and Implementation
  • A chance to learn from CharacterStrong Schools in Educator-Led Breakout Sessions and Socials
  • Powerful keynotes that bring the WHY and HOW together
  • Over 20+ Breakouts focused on Relationships, Strategies and Concepts to help educate the Whole Child
  • Practical Ideas and strategies to help you start the school year off right
  • Lunch on Day 1 and Appetizers in the Evening, Breakfast on Day 2

5 Things You
Don't Want to Miss


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Use this hotel link to book
with the discounted group rate:

Marriott Tacoma Downtown

What's My

Early Bird Pricing until 6/24/2023

Note: For groups of 20 or more, please contact us at

Pre-Conference Sessions

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Administrator Leadership Pre-Con: A 3-Step Plan to Grow Your Influence & Impact

Presenters: John Norlin and Brandon Bakke

School Counselor Pre Con: The Role of the School Counselor when it comes to Implementing CharacterStrong with Fidelity

Presenters: Kat Pastor and Cory Notestine

Student Leadership Pre-Con: Providing student leaders the tools to accomplish tasks while building relationships.

Presenter: A.J. Hostak

Student Behavior: Preventing, Teaching, and Responding

Presenters: Megan Gruis and Clayton Cook

Frequently Asked Questions

Some Wonderful Educators at CharacterStrong's In-Person National Conference 2018

When is it?

July 28 & 29, 2023 :
Tacoma, WA - Tacoma Convention Center

Day 1 will run from 2pm to 6pm. Day 2 will run from 9am to 5pm (local times).

A Small Group Activity (The Loop!) at CharacterStrong's In-Person National Conference 2023

How will it work?

Educators can register individually or come as a team. The most effective experience is when a school sends a team for each of the various conference role tracks.

A Large Group Activity at CharacterStrong's In-Person National Conference 2018

Do I need to use CharacterStrong curricula to attend?

No! This conference is available to all educators. However, there will be intentionally specific tracks for CharacterStrong users to support more effective implementation.