Annual Symposium

The Academy for Character Education Fall Symposium

MARCH 18, 2015

Raising the Bar by Design: Best Practices for Character Education & Common Core


The Symposium will be rescheduled for March.

Registration will be with BOCES (or CoSER aid & professional development credit)

Scroll down to October to find both the Raising the Bar by Design: Best Practices for Character Education & Common Core flyer and online registration.

Event Location: Bush Memorial Hall, 1st & Congress St., The Sage Colleges, Troy, NY 12180 Event Price: $59 includes optional pre-symposium session, light supper & handouts, Students $25, Non K-12 educators and students register directly with The Academy

The Symposium "Brings It All Together" Through the Power of Seamless Integration of Character Education and Common Core

2:00-2:10 PM  Early Arrival Pre-Symposium Registration (NOTE: Alternative early start time at the same registration fee)

2:10-3:35 PM  Bonus Session for Early Arrivals (CHOOSE ONE SESSION, all will be repeated at 4:15): All Sessions are Designed to Meld Specific Learning Episodes with Common Core Standards    

  • Ralph Singh, Chair, Wisdom Thinkers Network: Using Wisdom Literature and Stories to Light Our Way - Seamlessly embedding Character Education into Common Core through wisdom stories to create a positive class culture and school climate that honors diversity, nurtures character, and deters bullying, Room 103
  • Averill Park Character Education Team: Laura Kyer, Principal, Maureen Flanigan, School Social Worker, Wendy Prout, Special Education Teacher, Kristy DeMerchant, Classroom Teacher, Nadine Cunningham, Special Education Teacher. This presentation will engage participants in discussing the steps taken by West Sand Lake school in becoming named both a NYS and National School of Character while supporting the Common Core, Bush Memorial Hall
  • Cindy Gallager, Coordinator, Early Education Systems: Writing Student Learning Objectives Incorporating Character Education by Design, Room 102
  • Dr. Philip Fusco, Assistant Director, The Academy for Character Education, Vicki Malossi, Jen Mitchell, Tiffany Grant, Hoosick Falls CSD: Developing Civic Virtue by Engaging Students in Ethical Conversation Through Academic Coursework K-16. Join this session to see how academic lessons can be designed to enhance and more explicitly promote Common Core and 21st Century life skills. A major part of the Common Core concerns the development of higher level thinking skills- particularly analytical, problem solving and creative thinking skills. You will leave with practical strategies to intentionally teach key beliefs to promote and address the Common Core, Room 303
  • Dr. Bruce Crowder, Former NYS Assistant Commissioner of Education: An Inquiry into the New "Evidence Centered Testing" and "Depth of Knowledge" Assessment Models Being Developed by the National Testing Consortia on the Common Core. This presentation reviews new testing formats and designs currently being used to NYS with the advent of Common Core. In addition, examples of new test formats from PARCC consortia, Partnership for Assessment for Readiness for College and Careers, will be reviewed. Such formats and test designs create new challenges for both teachers and students. It is absolutely critical to understand not only these formats, but also ways to address them successfully. Rigor as a necessary factor in test design will be reviewed with a careful examination of Webb's Depth of Knowledge (DOK) approach. Webb's work provides a new taxonomy with its four (4) levels of performance, Room 002

3:15–3:40 PM Symposium Registration

3:40-4:05 PM  School and Community Voices on the Common Core

4:05-4:15 PM  Welcome and Overview: Dr. Lori V. Quigley, Dean Esteves School of Education, Dr. John Walko, Director, The Academy for Character Education

4:15-5:40 PM  Best Practice Breakout Sessions (Repeat of 2:10-3:35 session): Using Character Education to Meld Specific Learning Episodes with Common Core Standards

5:45-6:30 PM  Light Supper

6:30-7:00 PM  Overcoming the challenges in implementing new levels of rigor in the common core:  Understanding how to utilize new technology and tools to enhance learning within a character based professional ethical learning culture; Presenter: Ken Facin, Superintendent, Hoosick Falls 

7:00-8:00 PM  Interactive Panel Discussion - Including Symposium attendee questions and survey summaries on "The Character Education Perspective: Implementation of Common Core Standards"

Panel Members:

  • Charles Giglio 2015 New York State Teacher of the Year, Gloversville CSD
  • Elisabeth Ashton-Facin Student, Cambridge Central School District
  • Allison Armour-Garb Public Policy Consultant, Content Provider for the Business Council of NYS Common Core Outreach Campaign
  • Dr. Marie Wiles Superintendent of Schools, Guilderland, Academy Community Advisory Board Member
  • Richard Longhurst Executive Administrator, New York State Congress of Parents and Teachers