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Character Education Conference Set for March 20-21 at Hudson Valley Community College

CONTACT: Sarah Boggess or Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071
FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Thursday, February 15, 2001

The Academy for Character Education at Hudson Valley Community College will hold its Second Annual Capital District Conference on Character Education, March 20-21 at the college's Troy campus.

The conference brings together educators and community leaders to discuss ways in which character education can be integrated into the school culture and community. Last year, more than 200 attended the first conference.

Speakers for the 2001 conference include Dr. Phillip Fitch Vincent, a lecturer and author of more than 20 books. Vincent is acclaimed as the "Voice of Character Education" and his work on school civility has been featured on an "Eye on America" segment on CBS News with Dan Rather. He is currently the director of the Center for Ethics, Public Policy and Leadership at Greensboro College in North Carolina.

Also speaking during the two-day conference will be Rudy Bernardo, an elementary principal who transformed his Dayton, Ohio school into one of that city's top-ranking schools, and Dr. B. David Brooks, a former teacher and urban school administrator who is currently the president of the International Center for Ethics and Workforce Readiness.

Twenty individual sessions for participants have also been scheduled, with presenters coming from across the state. Among a variety of topics, presentations will discuss several elementary schools' unique efforts to develop positive character traits in students; the impact of athletics on character building; and plans to implement violence prevention programs in schools.

For more information about attending the Academy for Character Education's second annual conference, contact the Academy at 629-7180.

The Academy for Character Education was established in 2000 to help foster the behavioral traits of responsibility, civility, respect, honesty, fairness, trustworthiness and citizenship in students throughout the educational spectrum. Its goal is to help local school districts integrate the concepts of character education into their curriculum.

The Academy, which operates under the supervision of Hudson Valley Community College, provides training institutes, "in-service" days for teachers and staff, and leadership training for students. As the first institution in the Capital Region to take a leadership role in the nationwide character education initiative, the Academy has begun to serve the area's character education training needs, by offering conferences and workshops open for all members of the school community.