Annual Symposium

The Academy for Character Education Fall Symposium

Raising the Bar by Design: Best Practices for Character Education & Common Core Late afternoon/evening October 23, 2014--Troy Campus


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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  Best Practice Breakout Sessions (CHOOSE ONE SESSION, all will be repeated at 4:15): Using Character Education 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
  • 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: Becoming a National School of Character - Supporting the Common Core
  • Cindy Gallager, Coordinator, Early Education Systems: Writing Student Learning Objectives Incorporating Character Education by Design
  • 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
  • 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

3:15–3:40 PM Symposium Registration continued

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