Save the Date: Oct. 10 Symposium

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

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

Creating a productive positive school climate that leads to a supportive learning environment for everyone.

This exciting, informative and interactive symposium will 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 will be “Perspectives on Realigning the Common Core through Character Based Curriculum Development”. Following an interactive supper Dr. Kyle Blanchfield, award wining educational reform advocate, will focus on  “Leadership, Violence and School Climate: Steps Leading to the Creation of Non-Violent, Happy and Productive Schools”. The closing high-light will be 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 will include 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 will be featured. Once again Capital Region BOCES is partnering 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 can register through Capital Region BOCES at:  Click here to access special Full Time Student, Community Member and College Administrator, Faculty or Staff Registration Form

 Click here to access additional important Symposium Information: including detailed Symposium Agenda, CEP White Paper-Integrating Common Core and Character Education, map to The Sage College of Albany Campus.

Since 2000, The Academy for Character Education at The Sage Colleges (Troy and Albany, NY) has organized the annual Northeastern United States Conference on Character Education. The conference is held each fall at The Sage College of Albany and attended by educators and community organization leaders from all regions of New York State and beyond.  It has been a source of inspiration and renewal which provided specific lessons and materials that could be used immediately by educators, community activists, parents and students.


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Whether you are an educator, community activist, parent or student, this is an important conference for everyone to attend. Please spread the word.

Click here to contact BOCES regarding CoSer questions and concerns:

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For those attending from a distance, we have arranged for Hotel Accommodations: The official hotel for the conference is the Hilton Garden Inn at Albany Medical Center.  It is the closest hotel to the conference site and is located at 62 New Scotland Ave (Albany 12208).  A special room rate of $99 has been arranged.  In addition, our conference registrants receive FREE PARKING and a breakfast discount certificate.  The hotel may be reached at (518) 694-3806.  Ask for the SAGE ACADEMY room block.  Online registrants may be made directly at this link!


Check back for more details as they are announced or you may call The Academy at (518)244-2336.

Thank you to all who participated in making our
12th Annual Conference for Character Education

a success!

[Dr. Walko receiving medal from Dionyssis Gangas]
Dr. Walko with Constantine Psimopoulos (left) and Dionyssis Gangas, Director of the International Olympic Academy (right)
Click here to check out photos from the conference!

For additional information/ questions/updates/directions contact The Academy for Character Education at 518-244-2336; e-mail: