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2016 National Forum on Character Education

Washington D.C. October 15, 2016Character.org Board Member, Clay Hamlin, moderated a panel on Character and the Emerging Catholic School Renaissance: Why Secular Character Development Frameworks are Essential in Faith Based Education at the annual Character.org forum. The panel highlighted the groundbreaking development in U.S. education reform, where failing urban Catholic K-12 schools are partnering with entrepreneurs and donors. They are introducing new innovative models to educate inner-city children as a much less expensive alternative to dysfunctional failing government-run schools. The panel of leading Catholic school educators, character development experts and philanthropists discussed these developments and how efficient, effective character development programs are augmenting Catholic school’s faith inspired education for exceptional results and creating a culture of character and virtue.


More information on the panelists:


Duncan McCrann, Founder and CEO of the

Catholic School Renaissance Institute, is the CEO of Educational Enterprises, Inc., the operator of the EAGLE College Prep Schools and the HOPE Christian Schools. He is the former President and COO of KIPP Houston and the former Headmaster of the Hyde School in Woodstock, CT. He is a graduate of Harvard College and a founding contributor of the School for Real Estate at MIT.

Gary Smit is a former superintendent and now Lead Trainer and the Dean of Faculty for Character Counts. He develops curriculum, conducts workshops, teacher and coach in-service programs and keynote addresses for educators across the United States. In addition, Smit has been directly involved with international character development initiatives in Singapore, Puerto Rico, Bermuda, Ecuador, Nigeria, Brazil and Colombia. Gary is the author of the book, Instilling Touchstones of Character.

William (Bill) Cascarina is the Principal at Saint Frances Cabrini Regional Catholic School, part of the Independence Mission School Organization. He is a former Middle School and High School Dean of Students, 4th grade math teacher and football and basketball coach.

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