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.

2015 Character Education Newsletter

View the Fall 2015 Stand Up for Character Journal!

October is National Bullying Awareness Month!
2015 Theme: One Can Count!

Click here to listen to the One Can Count radio promotion. 

Click here to order copies of One, study guide, and PowerPoint today. 

The book One by Kathryn Otoshi is a beautiful illustration of how to help children realize the power they have as individuals to influence others. Our goal is to invite every elementary school to read this book to their students. By focusing on one day, hopefully the issue of bullying will be front and center. Schools can have classroom teachers read it or they can take the message a step further by inviting middle and high school students to come to the elementary school to read and lead a discussion about diversity, reacceptance, and respect. The school can invite other members of the educational community, such as bus drivers or cafeteria staff, to be the readers. Participation in this initiative will help fulfill DASA requirements.

Click here to view Albany County DA David Soares and Dr. Philip Fusco discussing bullying awareness on Capital Region Sunday, September 20, 2015   

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

New York and New Jersey Best Practices Exchange: August 24, 2015 

 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: Teams of middle and high school students, teachers, and parents participate in an action-oriented program designed by student and teacher teams that empower youth to make a difference. Each team works to develop an action plan which is then implemented in their school. This year’s summit expands upon the theme “The Power of One”, based upon Katheryn Otashi’s book, One. Michelle Bintz and a team of Voorheesville students will provide leadership for the event. Exciting workshop sessions will round out the program featuring kickoff speaker Kati Preston. Mrs. Preston will share her story of her Holocaust survival and how the “power of one” made all the difference in the world then and how the “power of one” can make all the difference in your life today.

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 

 2015-2016 Key Dates

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: Champions of Character Award Nominations Due
Tuesday, December 1, 2015: NYSSOC Applications Due
Thursday, December 3, 2015: Annual Youth Leadership Summit 
Thursday, April 14, 2016: 13th Annual Champion of Character Banquet
July, 2016: 15th Annual Character Education Youth Summer Program