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.

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12th Annual Champions of Character Banquet

April 15, 2015, Franklin Plaza Ballroom, Troy, NY

Each spring, The Academy awards schools, students, teachers, businesses, organizations and other professionals in recognition of their efforts to provide a comprehensive positive character environment. This year Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is our honorary Chairperson. The New York State School of Character awards are presented by The Academy in conjunction with the national Character Education Partnership.


2015 New York State School of Character 

See 2015 NYSSOC here

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


Summer Character Based Academic and Cultural

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. 

October is National Bullying Awareness Month!

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

2014 Character Education Newsletter

View the Fall 2014 Stand Up for Character Journal!

15th Annual Symposium

This year’s program will prove to be an exciting and informative event held in conjunction with Educational Vistas. This event allows attendees to meet experts in the field of education, get ideas and resource, and network with fellow professionals. 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 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 designed by a student and teacher team. Each team works to develop an action plan, which is then implemented in their school. 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