Designed to inspire you to promote character development in your school, the first annual Character Education Workshop is sponsored by the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and the Frances Marlin Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University.

While academic excellence has always been at the heart of primary and secondary education, without strong character, our students will not be fully equipped to succeed in life.

This year’s Character Education Workshop will bring together administrators and teachers from schools around the state. Participating schools are asked to send up to four representatives including the principal. Successful character programs take commitment, so engagement from the top level of administration is key. Follow up to assist in implementation of character education programs will continue throughout the year for schools who decide to implement their own unique program. If you have interest in character education for you school, you may realize this is an incredible, unique opportunity.

Event Details and Registration+

The event will be hosted on Samford’s campus, and sessions will commence at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 18, and conclude at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, June 19.

To register for this event, please complete this form and mail to the address provided.

 Registration Form


About the Speakers+

Sue Grogan currently serves as director of character education for the Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education at Samford University. Former principal at Shades Cahaba Elementary School, Sue is a champion of character education. During her 13 years as principal, Shades Cahaba became the first school in Alabama to be named the National School of Character by the Character Education Partnership in 2006. The school won the award again in 2012 under her leadership making it the first school in the nation to receive the award twice.

Amy Johnston has spent 31 years in the field of education. For her work in character education she was awarded the St. Louis Area Middle School Principal of the Year Award, the UMSL Dean’s Award for Excellence in Character Education, and the Dean’s Award for Excellence in Education Leadership. An engaging speaker, Amy has been a panelist at education character conferences in Colorado, Missouri, New York, Texas, and Wisconsin. Currently Amy serves as interim principal of First Baptist Christian Academy, while serving as a consultant for Educationplus and and completing her Ed.D. in Character Education and Democratic School Governance at the University of Missouri.

Dr. Dave Keller is the director of strategic initiatives for where he oversees professional development programs. Prior to joining Dave led cadet character, ethics, and leadership programs at the Air Force Academy. During his time there Dave directed more than 120 seminars including the Academy’s acclaimed National Character & Leadership Symposium. As the Air Force Academy’s Deputy Vice Commandant, Dave created the nation’s largest collegiate peer education team. Dave taught leadership and character development courses for both the Air Force Academy and Texas A&M University. 

Drayton Nabers, Jr. is director of the Mann Center for Ethics and Leadership at Samford University and chairman of the board for Cornerstone Schools of Alabama. Before joining Samford in 2014, Drayton served as finance director for the state of Alabama, Chief Justice of the Alabama Supreme Court, and CEO of Protective Life Corporation. A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, Drayton has written two books that focus on character: The Case for Character and The Hidden Key to Happiness. He has been inducted into the Alabama and Birmingham Business Hall of Fame, and has held many leadership positions around the state of Alabama including chairman of the board for United Way of Central Alabama.