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The Academy for Character Education was established in 2000 to help foster the character traits of responsibility, civility, respect, honesty, fairness, resilience, a strong work ethic, 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 and address major problems ranging from bullying to lack of academic achievement, 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 including at the state and national level.

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.

16th Annual Youth Leadership Summit

NEW LOCATION: The Armory at The Sage College of Albany

The Power of NOW: Changing Challenges Into Opportunities

Friday, December 1, 9am-2:30pm

The Armory at The Sage College of Albany
130 New Scotland Avenue, Albany, New York

Teams of middle and high school students, teachers, and parents participate in an action-oriented program designed by student and teacher teams that empower youth to make a difference. Each team works to develop an action plan which is then implemented in their school.

A record number participated in the 2016 Youth Leadership Summit

Last year, teams from 20 New York State school districts attended the Youth Summit. The Kick off event featured our keynote speaker, Clifton Taulbert “Citizen Leader: Become the North Star of Your School” and the event included workshops centered on  “Character Education Matters in the School and the Workplace: Your Career Starts Now”.

This year’s summit promises to present an exciting interactive program focusing on issues that challenge our students and schools. Please sign up now! Call the Academy if interested. Space is limited.

Application Procedure for 2018 New York State’s Schools of Character

2018 NYSSOC Applications Due December 2017

For more information call Dr. Phil Fusco at the Academy: 518-244-2337 or email [email protected]

Champion of Character 15th Annual Awards Banquet

We would like to thank all our winners for all their handwork and dedication for promoting good character in our community. The 2017 banquet was a success and we look forward to hearing about all the good you continue to do and look forward to awarding honorees for their outstanding character at the Thursday April 26, 2018 banquet.

Call the Academy at 518-244-2336 for a copy of the award application for individuals and groups.

2018 Summer Program

July 2018

The 2019 Summer Program is where the Academy for Character Educations works with youth who are working to improve both their habits of good behavior and academic skills during their summer vacation.

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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