College of Ed to Co-Host Character Education Conference

July 6, 2017 | Joliet, Ill.

The College of Education at the University of St. Francis (USF) in Joliet, Ill. and the Will County Character Coalition will honor the 2017 Illinois Schools of Character at the Character Education for the Next Generation Conference on July 21, 2017 at USF.

The keynote speakers include Matt Kosterman, Superintendent Belleville District 118 (the first Illinois District of Character); Beth Dolack, Principal of St. Mary of the Angels School in Chicago (the first Catholic school of the Archdiocese of Chicago to be a School of Character); and Theresa Gosinski, Principal of Freeburg Primary Center in Freeburg, Ill. They will give specific ideas on how their schools implement character education to transform school culture. A School of Character is a caring school where character is taught, celebrated and lived in service to the school and community, while improving student academics and behavior.

According to Dr. Madonna Murphy, Coordinator of the Illinois Schools of Character program, “Research shows that schools that promote character education develop students who grow to become confident and ethical leaders.”

Other conference presentations will include “Social Media and Cyberbully,” “Senate Bill 100 – Bullying and Restorative Justice,” “Creating a climate of character with PBIS” and “The Eleven Principles of Effective Character Education and how to Apply to be a School of Character.”

For more information on the conference, contact USF’s Gina Korczak at 815-740-3743 or register online at

The University of St. Francis, in Joliet, Ill., serves 3,900 students nationwide, offering undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and social work. There are over 48,000 USF alumni across the globe. For information, call 800-735-7500 or visit University of St. Francis: Bigger thinking. Brighter purpose.