The Academy for Character Education

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We believe that character education provides the basis for developing a stronger, caring community. Character education initiatives can help create a community featuring responsible, respectful behavior that welcomes the quest for justice and excellence. We firmly believe in the mandate that character education needs to be infused into the curriculum of all schools and in our communities. Comprehensive community-wide character education programs result in positive changes for families, schools and communities. 

Character Matters.

2016 NYSSOC Applications
Due: December 1, 2015
Note Change in Application Process
Complete Application

2015 New York State School of Character  

Congratulations to the 2015 National Schools of Character!

Bridgeport Elementary School; Chittenango CSD
LaCima Elementary Charter School; Brooklyn, NY
Mildred E. Strang Middle School; Yorktown Heights UFSD
Northern Parkway School; Uniondale UFSD
Lawrence Road Middle School; Uniondale UFSD
Wolcott Street School; LeRoy, NY

See 2015 NYSSOC here 

News Article in Glens Falls PostStar: William H. Barton Intermediate School 
News Article in Syracuse Post Standard: Bridgeport Elementary School 

October is National Bullying Awareness Month!
2015 Theme: On Can Count!
Empowering Youth to Make a Difference
October 21, 2015: State Wide Reading Day 

Order copies of One, study guide, and PowerPoint today.

Click HERE to view our bullying prevention page & this year's proclamations! 
WGNA and Richie Phillips support Anti-Bullying Awareness:
 West Sand Lake Elementary School Students "We Won't Bully You" | Elmsford UFSD School and Community Bullying Awareness | Maple Avenue School and Bullying Awareness

Summer Learning Camp

During the month of July, The Academy presents a Summer Youth Program. This exciting venture is organized in partnership with the Troy Housing Authority, Pioneer Bank and Educational Vistas. With the close of the school year, we have a wonderful opportunity to honor our youth who are working to improve both their habits of good behavior and academic skills during their summer vacation. The program instills positive character trait reinforcement, cultural enrichment experiences (including Saratoga Performing Arts), academic enrichment and enthusiasm in the students, families, and community participants.

View the Troy Record Article on the 2015 Summer Learning Camp! 

Check out the Learning Camp Visit with New York City Ballet Principle Dancer Daniel Ulbricht

Watch the WGNA Summer Program Character Song 

2014 Character Education Newsletter

View the Fall 2014 Stand Up for Character Journal!

The Fourth Annual APPR Conference

The Fourth Annual APPR Conference will be held August 12 and 13, 2015. Details will be forthcoming.

Join The Academy in bringing awareness to schools and the community!

Contact Dr. Philip Fusco with your school's anti-bullying program and we invite civic leaders to forward us your proclamation noting your recognition of this month.

Annual Youth Character and Leadership Summit

December 3, 2015-The Academy presents the Annual Youth Character and Leadership Summit. Teams of Middle and High School students, teachers, and parents participate in an action-oriented program based upon Kathryn Otoshi’s “One”.  Each team works to develop an action plan, which is then implemented in their school to have a positive impact on the school’s climate and learning culture. Please contact the Academy to become involved in the 2015 Youth Leadership Summit.

2015 Key Dates 

Wednesday, April 15, 2015: 12th Annual Champions of Character Awards Banquet
July 2015: 13th Annual Summer Youth Program
Thursday, October 1, 2015: Meet and Greet with Kathryn Otoshi, author of One
Wednesday, October 21, 2015: Bullying Awareness Month State Wide Reading Day
Tuesday, December 1, 2015: NYSSOC Applications Due
Thursday, December 3, 2015: Annual Youth Leadership Summit