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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, 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.

Annual Youth Leadership Summit December 8th

DEADLINE: sign up now!

key note: “Citizen Leader: Become North Star of Your School” and 10 other workshops

This year our Youth Summit will feature Clifton Taulbert internationally acclaimed character development speaker, entrepreneur, businessman, and Pulitzer Prized nominated author (Last Train North). For more information and to sign up for the  event. please go to our Youth Leadership Summit page.

October is Bullying Awareness Month

Communities and schools, please join our effort by creating and forwarding a copy of your bullying awareness proclamation to Your community’s proclamations will be posted on the Bullying Prevention page.

2017 New York State Schools of Character

The NYSSOC application deadline opened during July, and the deadline is extended to Monday December 5, 2016 by Midnight. On the website under Application Process, you can download a copy of the application (PDF), review the Evaluator Checklist formerly known as the Capsule Summary Sheet, and check the timeline for important dates. Click on the Resources for Applicants, to locate additional resources including questions and possible evidence for each of the 11 Principles of Effective Character Education.

Next year is the 20th Anniversary of the Schools of Character program. All schools and districts that were designated National Schools of Character in 2012 or before are encourages to re-apply to receive the National Designation again this year. Guidelines for these schools and districts are available at 2017 Application Guidelines for Schools and Districts Applying after Receiving the National Designation in 2012 or Before.

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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