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Nationally Recognized Principal to Speak at Academy for Character Education Summer Workshop, June 25-27

CONTACT: Eric Bryant (518) 629-8071

FOR RELEASE: Immediate, Wednesday, June 20, 2001

Principal Rich Parisi of the Morgan Road Elementary School in central New York will be a featured speaker at the Second Annual Summer Workshop for the Academy for Character Education, June 25-27, at Hudson Valley Community College. The hands-on workshop will focus on developing effective character education programs in schools.

Parisi's Morgan Road Elementary School, part of the Liverpool Central School District, was named a National School of Character in 2000 by the Character Educational Partnership. His school has had a comprehensive character education program for six years.

Also scheduled to speak is Dr. Helen Stiff-Williams, a professor of education at Regent University and the highest-rated presenter at the 2000 CEP National Character Education Conference. Williams will demonstrate how to infuse character education into state-mandated curricula.

The workshops also will feature the Academy for Character Education's project coordinator, Dr. John Walko. Walko will explain the comprehensive approach to character education, including how to use rules, procedures and consequences as the first step towards civility. In addition, participants will develop specific character education strategies and plans for the classroom and the school.

The two-day conference is geared toward school personnel and school board members, as well as anyone interested in finding out about character education.

The cost for the two-day conference is $275. To register, call 629-7180.

Hudson Valley Community College offers more than 50 degree and certification programs in four academic divisions: Liberal Arts and Sciences; Engineering and Industrial Technologies; Health Sciences; and Business; as well as programs run through the Educational Opportunities Center offering certification programs in workforce and academic preparation. One of 30 community colleges in the State University of New York system, it has an enrollment of more than 9,000 students each year, and is known as a leader in distance learning initiatives and worker retraining.