Spring Expo

Join Us in an Exploration into New Character Education Approaches Including Mindfulness for Engaging the 21st Century Learner

Best Practices for Character Education: Beyond Common Core

MARCH 19, 2015 4:00-8:00 PM

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

Registration will be with BOCES

CoSER aid & professional in-service credit are available

"Bring It All Together" - The Power of Seamless Integration of Character Education and New Approaches for Engaging the 21st Century Learner

Bringing You Up to Date: School and Community Voices on the Common Core & Beyond

Best Practice Segments: 

  • Becoming a National School of Character: National School of Character Winner, West Sand Lake School, Averill Park CSD
  • Developing Civic Virtue by Engaging Students in Ethical Conversation: Dr. Philip Fusco, Assistant Director of The Academy for Character Education
  • Using Wisdom Literature and Stories to Light Our Way: The Wisdom Thinkers Network
  • Engaging the 21st Century Learner, Charles Giglio 2015 New York State Teacher of the Year, Gloversville CSD

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.

Event Price: $59 includes light supper & handouts, Students $25, non K-12 educators and students register directly with The Academy