The Academy for Character Education at Sage to Host 14th Annual Northeastern U.S. Character Education Symposium

October 9, 2013 at 11:49 am

ALBANY, NY - The Sage Colleges is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Northeastern United States Character Education Symposium focusing on character education and the common core. The interactive seminar will be held on October 10, from 4:30 – 8 p.m. in Kahl Campus Center on the Sage College of Albany campus located at 140 New Scotland Avenue.

This symposium will feature presentations from award winning educators, an interactive supper and a panel discussion, all of which will focus on integrating Common Core Learning Standards and character education to support school climate, school culture, stress reduction, promotion of academic excellence, bullying prevention and the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA).

Symposium presentations will include:

  • Leadership, violence and school climate: Steps leading to the creation of non-violent, happy and productive schools (keynote discussion led by Kyle Blanchfield)        
  • Perspectives on realigning the common core through character based curriculum development         
  • Eleven Principles of Character Education        
  • Charlotte Danielson Domains        
  • Lesson plans        
  • Social-emotional learning skills
  • Literature to create a caring classroom

The evening will conclude with a panelist of stakeholders sharing strategies and best practices for integrating character and the common core into the school, classroom, and community. Attendees will have an opportunity to actively participate in the seminar through Q&A, school team involvement, and the exchange of ideas. Educators, community activists, parents, students and school teams are all encouraged to participate. For more information visit or contact the Academy at or (518) 244-2336.

The Academy for Character Education was established in 2000 to help foster the character traits of responsibility, civility, respect, honesty, fairness, trustworthiness and citizenship in students throughout the educational spectrum as well as in families and communities. While its primary goal is to help school districts integrate the concepts of Character Education into their formal and informal curriculum, the academy pursues a comprehensive approach to character development reaching out to all sectors of the larger community including the family, civic organizations, businesses, and government. The academy is the first institution in Eastern New York and Western New England to take a leadership role in the nationwide character education initiative.

Media contact:
Deanna Cohen
Director of External Relations
Office of Communications & PR
The Sage Colleges
(518) 244-4593