The Academy's Programs and Awards

The Academy hosts and participates in a number of conferences, awards banquets, and workshops throughout the year.


(a) The 11th Champions of Character Banquet will be held on Wednesday April 9, 2014 at Franklin Plaza  in Troy, NY to recognize all Champions of Character and New York State Schools of Character (NYSSOC) honorees.  Over two hundred attended this event in 2013. See below for nominations information.


(b) The Academy's Champions of Character and NYSSOC Awards Programs

(1) The 10th Annual Champions of Character Awards are presented to exemplary teachers, administrators, schools, students, parents, business and community leaders and business and community organizations. All  2014 Champions of Character Awards Nominations were due no later than December 16, 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.

(2) The Academy will present the 6th annual New York State School of Character (NYSSOC) Awards in conjunction with the national Character Education Partnership. Schools/school districts selected for the New York State Awards move on to the national level. NYSSOC applications were due by Dec. 1, 2013.

                Educational Vistas, Inc. is a major sponsor of this program.


(3) The Sage Colleges Champions of Character Awards are presented to exemplary administrators, faculty, staff and students. 

    Here is the link for the 2014 Sage Colleges Champions of Character Nomination Form


 (c) Summer Inner City Program for Students and Families (July, 2014):

In its 12th year this exciting venture is organized in partnership with the Troy Housing Authority and Pioneer Bank. Held each weekday morning  in July, it creates positive character trait reinforcement, academic enrichment and enthusiasm for inner city students in grades 1-6 and their families.


 (d) The 14th Annual Northeastern United States Symposium on Character Education was held on Thursday, October 10,2013 at the Sage College Campus in Albany, NY

           FOCUS:Strengthening the Learning Climate: How Character Education Thrives Within the Common Core

     In the SPRING of 2014 this page will feature details about the 2014 Program

The 2013 event featured exciting, informative and interactive symposium feature award winning educators and schools focusing on character education within the Common Core Learning Standards to support school climate, school culture, stress reduction, promotion of academic excellence, bullying prevention and the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA). The initial presentation was “Perspectives on Realigning the Common Core through Character Based Curriculum Development”. Following an interactive supper Dr. Kyle Blanchfield, award wining educational reform advocate, focused on  “Leadership, Violence and School Climate: Steps Leading to the Creation of Non-Violent, Happy and Productive Schools”. The closing high-light was a panel discussion of stakeholders dealing with strategies and best practices for integrating character and the common core into your school, classroom, and community. The symposium included opportunities for attendee participation, Q&A, school team involvement, and idea exchange.

Lesson plans/activities, Eleven Principles of Character Education, Charlotte Danielson Domains, Social-Emotional Learning Skills, Wisdom Stories to create a caring classroom, and others were featured. Once again Capital Region BOCES partneried with The Academy in developing this cutting edge conference.

When: Thursday October 10, 2013; 4:30pm – 8:00pm

Where: The Sage Colleges of Albany, Kahl Campus Center, 140 New Scotland Ave, Albany NY 12208

Perks: 3.5 hours of certified Professional Development, Book Bazaar,Credit, CoSer and important handouts with comprehensive guides and a CD helping to attain the Common Core Standards.

Cost: $49 per person (supper will be included) ($15 for Full-time students)

Register: Eligible educators registered through Capital Region BOCES at:  Click here to access special Full Time Student, Community Member and College Administrator, Faculty or Staff Registration Form

(e) The Academy's 4th Annual International Bullying Prevention Awareness Month  was held in October, 2013.Watch for details about the 5th Annual event in 2014.

 "STAND UP for CHARACTER-DOWN to BULLYING".  This is coordinated in conjunction with the National Bullying Prevention month initiative.  This year The Academy has established a list of Resources to help implement and promote Bullying Prevention initiatives in schools, businesses and community organizations.  Communities are urged to pass resolutions proclaiming October 2013 as Bullying Prevention month.  We also urge all classrooms, schools and school districts to plan some project which places an emphasis on helping prevent this growing problem and register it with The Academy.  All Bullying Prevention projects that are registered will be listed on the web site.  Each month this page will feature one of these projects.  Let's show New York State that we all STAND UP for CHARACTER- DOWN to BULLYING!

(f)11th Annual Youth Leadership Summit was held on December 5, 2013.

Watch this page for details about the 12th Youth Leadership Summit.

Teams of middle and high school students, teachers and parents from almost twenty Capital Region school districts came together to learn many applications of character education from experts and each other. The inspired results are then developed into action plans for their schools. The 2013 Summit focused on "Judging a Book by its Cover: CARING". The keynote presenters were Diane Lang and Michael Buchanan, authors of The Fat Boy Chronicles. For additional details and registration please contact The Academy at or 518-244-2336.

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The Academy has two volunteer boards: The Leadership Board of teachers, school administrators and community organization representatives, meets monthly and helps organize The Academy's major programs. This board holds a Retreat each summer. The Community Advisory Board of public officials, business and community organization leaders and school administrators, meets 3-4 times a year.

The Academy also reaches out to the community with special programs. A focus group is developing a character education and special needs program. Additional focal points include: Moral and Performance Character, Bullying Prevention and Service Learning. On site workshops are held for educators, community groups and businesses.

Click here for information about and a listing of members of both boards