The Academy for Character Education
At The Academy, 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 really does matter.
Annual Youth Leadership Summit
Mark your calendars! The 12th Annual Youth Leadership Summit will be held on Thursday, December 5, 2013 at The Sage Colleges, Troy Campus. Access the Save the Date! for additional information and check out our website for continual updates on this years theme and additional information.
EXCITING NEWS: The authors of The Fat Boy Chronicles will be our featured keynote speakers for this event! Check out their website for more information.
New York State Schools of Character Awards
The 7th Annual New York State Schools of Character (NYSSOC) Awards are coming up! The deadline for NYSSOC applications is December 1st, 2013.
Here is the link to the NYSSOC 2014 online application - links to more information can also be found on the right of this page!
Click here to read about last year's National and NYS School of Character, Cleveland Elementary School!
Champions of Character Banquet
On Wednesday, April 9, 2014 The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges will host its 12th Annual Champions of Character Banquet at the Franklin Plaza Ballroom, 4th & Grand Streets, Troy, NY.
This event honors Capital Region and Northeastern United States leadership and dedication to the vision and mission of fostering positive character development in our schools and communities.
The Academy's 12th annual "Champions of Character" nominations are due December 1, 2013!
Here is the link for the 2014 Educators, Parents and Students Nomination Form
Here is the link for the 2014 Civic and Business Leaders Award Nomination Form
Here is the link for the 2014 Sage Colleges Champions of Character Nomination Form
Stand UP 4 Character DOWN to Bullying!
By working together, we can make this happen. Schools and communities locally and nationwide will recognize October 2013 as Bullying Awareness Month.
- Click here to read the 2013 NYS and community submitted proclamations!Click here to access The Academy's Bullying Prevention Resource page.
- Click here to listen to "Bullying's Wrong," The 5 County Anti-Bullying Song created by WGNA's Richie Phillips!
- For more articles and resources visit www.tolerance.org
Annual Summer Youth Program
August 1st, 2013 marked The Academy's 11th Youth Summer Program completion! Thanks too all who have supported the program, all participants and all individuals involved. Special thanks to major sponsors: Troy Housing Authority and Pioneer Bank, as well as: Rensselaer County Executive Kathy Jimino, Marra's Pharmacy in Cohoes, Troy Waterfront Farmer's Market, C.D. Perry & Sons Contracting, Architecture+ from Troy, Oasis Family Fun Park in North Greenbush, Clemente Frame & Art Shop in Troy, and BODY MIND SPIRIT Massage & Holistic Therapies in Troy. To find out all those who were involved and supported the 11th annual summer learning camp, take a look at the graduation program. Watch this site for news about the 2014 Summer Program. Find out here how to support the program, and for more information regarding the program. _________________________________________________________________________
2013-2014 Calendar and Updates
July - August 2013: 11th Annual Character Education Reading and Summer Camp Thursday, October 10th, 2013: Fall Symposium (14th Annual Conference on Character Education) Thursday, December 5th, 2013: 12th Youth Leadership Summit Wednesday, April 9th, 2014: 11th Champions of Character Awards Banquet Check-out our 2013 Newsletter for more information about The Academy!