About the Academy

SAANYSSchool Administrator's Association of NYS "Friend of Education" Award
Left to Right: Richie Phillips, Dr. Philip Fusco, Jennifer Drautz, Dr. John Walko, Mel Horowitz

The Academy for Character Education was established in 2000 to help foster the character traits of responsibility, civility, respect, honesty, fairness, trustworthiness and citizenship in students throughout the educational spectrum as well as in families and communities. While its primary goal is to help school districts integrate the concepts of Character Education into their formal and informal curriculum, the Academy pursues a comprehensive approach to character development, reaching out to all sectors of the larger community including the family, civic organizations, businesses, and government.

The Academy, which operates within Sage's School of Education, provides training institutes, in-service days for teachers and staff, leadership training for students and specialized programs for other sectors of the community.

As the first institution in Eastern New York and Western New England to take a leadership role in the nationwide character education initiative, the Academy has begun to serve the region's character education training needs, by offering conferences and workshops to all members of the school and general community.

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