Spring Expo

“Brings it All Together” New Approaches for Engaging the 21st Century Learner: Blending Mindfulness, Character Education and Common Core

View the 2015 Spring Expo Flyer Here

MARCH 19, 2015 3:45-8:00 PM

Bush Memorial Hall, 1st & Congress St., The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY 12180

K-12 Educators: Register HERE with BOCES
CoSER aid & professional in-service credit are available
Non K-12 Educators and Students: Register directly with The Academy

Event Price: Students $25 & Educators $59 which includes light supper & handouts

Schedule of Events

3:45-4:00 PM Registration

4:00-4:15 PM Introduction

4:15-5:15 PM Session 1 Concurrent Presentations
    (1) Using Literature to Develop Civic Virtue – Dr. Philip Fusco
    (2) Engaging the 21st Century Learner - Charles Gigilo, New York State Teacher of the Year

5:15-5:45 PM Light Supper

5:45-6:45 PM Session 2 Concurrent Presentations
   (1) The Road to Becoming a National School of Character - Averill Park Character Education Team
   (2) The Role of Writing Skills in Developing Mindfulness and Readiness for Learning- Coleen Murtagh Paratore

7:00-8:00 PM Keynote Speaker The 5 Keys to Connecting Mindfulness to Character Education-Dr. Stephen Birchak

                                                     Keynote: Stephen "Dr. Bird" Birchak, Ed. D

                                     The 5 Keys To Connecting Mindfulness To Character Education

The social maturity and emotional development of our youth have never had greater challenges than now. Recent research in Mindfulness, Positive Psychology, and Educational Psychology are leading us to discoveries that are changing the face of education. Well-being and positive psychology are no longer being seen as fluff, frivolous, or pointless. Mindfulness is now recognized as an essential pathway to the character education values we are trying to develop in children. Virtues such as patience, gratefulness, compassion, empathy and positive self-worth are all attainable through character education curriculum that includes positive emotional skill building techniques.

Steve Birchak

In today's high stress world, what can we do to build happiness and resilience in ourselves and the children we work with? How do we maintain positive self-worth when we are pushed to the limit? Professor, bestselling author, counseling psychologist, husband, father, and reformed class clown, Dr. Bird, is a nationally recognized speaker on issues of character development and positive psychology. In this keynote, he will examine The 5 Keys to Connecting Mindfulness to Character Education. He has spoken to over 100,000 people nationwide. Dr. Bird uses humor, stories, insights and compassion to share his message. He is the author of "The Jerk Whisperer" and "How To Build A Child's Character- By Tapping Into Your Own" and a new children's book titled "The Bird and the Bear." He speaks to audiences on how to find positive well-being even when surrounded by adversity and difficult times. Dr. Stephen "Bird" Birchak has become one of the nation's foremost experts in human relations in the workplace, home, and in educational settings. Executives, Fortune 500 companies, corporate leaders, practitioners, educators, and parents have used his principles involving human character.