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Bonner Center for Character Education and Citizenship

Conference on Character and Civic Education

Due to COVID-19, The Bonner Center will not be holding an in-person award ceremony this school year, however, we will collaborate with the John D. Welty Center for Educational Policy and Leadership’s Virtual Conference to hold a virtual Bonner Winner Showcase on February 24, 2021, from 8:00 am-10:15 am. More information to follow. Please email Dr. Jessica Hannigan at if you have any questions.

Guy smiling while sitting at table at conference.The Conference on Character and Civic Education is the longest-running character education conference in the U.S. and is designed specifically for students in the teacher education credential programs at both Fresno State and Fresno Pacific University.

This conference provides hundreds of student teachers with important concepts and considerations related to the ethical implications of what teachers do as professional educators. The student teachers are provided with information on local civic agencies that assist children and families with life issues. They also receive information on the ethical issues facing today’s teachers and professionally appropriate ways of dealing with those issues, and with strategies to enhance character strengths in their students.

The Conference on Character and Civic Education reinforces the fact that our student teachers have a vital role in shaping a child’s character.


Exemplary Schools Award 

Past Keynote Speakers

Dr. Hal Urban

Dr. Hal Urban
Recipient of the Sanford N. McDonnell Award for Lifetime Achievement in Character Education

Justice Charles Poochigian

Justice Charles Poochigian
California Court of Appeal
Former California State Senator