COE: WS: LACE: Leadership Academy in Character Education
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Learn to Lead a School of Character

The Leadership Academy in Character Education® program (LACE) is an award winning, complex and comprehensive year-long professional development experience for school leaders.

Since 1998, the academy has helped over 900 school leaders develop the knowledge, skills and attitudes necessary to create, implement and evaluate programs and processes that make their schools true learning communities in which character education is a vital part of the curriculum and culture.

Participation in LACE includes:

  • A LACE Starter Library in character education
  • Peer networking
  • A series of monthly full day workshops led by nationally and internationally-recognized experts
  • A curriculum of monthly written collaborative reflections with expert constructive feedback
  • Development of a site-specific character education plan
  • Collaborative site-based planning
  • Site visits to national award-winning schools and presentations by award winning principals
  • 2019 brought an added emphasis on the virtues of servant leadership which are integrated throughout the professional development and mentoring each LACE participant will receive
  • An option for up to 6 graduate credits for LACE participation

Application Information

  • Applications will not be complete until we receive the letter of support.
  • There is a fee for each participant to cover part of the estimated $4,000 cost of the year-long program.
  • We are pleased to be able to cover the remaining costs of the program through grants and donations.
  • Contact the administrator for more information.
  • Register for LACE when ready

Workshops & Classes


Lauren Maule

G12 Marillac Hall (MH)
p: (314) 516-7522

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Marvin W. Berkowitz, Ph.D.
Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor in Character Education

Dr. Marvin W. Berkowitz is the inaugural Sanford N. McDonnell Endowed Professor of Character Education, and Co-Director of the Center for Character and Citizenship at the University of Missouri-St. Louis, and University of Missouri President’s Thomas Jefferson Professor. He has also served as the inaugural Ambassador H.H. Coors Professor of C...