Academy for Character Education LogoThe 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, which operates within the School of Education at the Sage Graduate Schools, provides training institutes, in-service days for teachers and staff, leadership training for students and specialized programs for other sectors of the community.

As the first institution in Eastern New York and Western New England to take a leadership role in the nationwide character education initiative, the Academy has begun to serve the region’s character education training needs, by offering conferences and workshops to all members of the school and general community.

2017 14th Annual Champions of Character Awards Banquet

Wednesday April 26, 2016 at the Franklin Plaza in Troy, NY

The Academy for Character Education honors outstanding positive leadership in our schools and communities at our annual Champions of Character Awards Banquet. This event attended by approximately 250-300 individuals honors students, educators, schools, and business and civic leaders and organization throughout the Capital Region and Northeastern United States who have gone above and beyond in the character education initiative by providing leadership and dedication to the vision and mission of fostering positive character development in our school and communities.

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Click Here for detailed information about the 2017 Champions of Character Banquet.

Thank you and congratulations to our award winners.


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“It is very heartening to see participants of The Academy’s programs enthusiastically take away knowledge, skills and strategies to help kids deal with life’s challenges in a caring and responsible way. Business and community leaders need to step up and help build on the outstanding programs of The Academy. When we all work together, we can help develop a generation of good kids to lead our world.” – Michelle Borba, Advisory Board, Parenting Magazine, International speaker, Author, Building Moral Intelligence: The 7 Essential Virtues That Teach Kids to do the Right Thing, Don’t Give Me That Attitude, and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions: 101 Answers to Your Everyday Challenges and Wildest Worries